SI Swim Search finalist Jena Sims reveals how she maintains her bikini body, dishes on life with Brooks Koepka
She’s causing quite a splash!
Sports Illustrated swimwear model Jena Sims revealed Sunday how she maintains her amazing bikini body as well as what it’s like to be married to pro golfer Brooks Koepka.
According to Sims, 34, the secret to her fabulous body comes from a quick 45-minute workout.
“My favorite type of workout is F45,” explained the model to FOX. “It’s just a 45-minute class. And I think I like it so much because they play amazing music and it’s so loud.”
“I’m not a calm, soothing Pilates, yoga princess. I’m like, ‘Scream at me.’ I want to be dripping sweat,” continued Sims. “I want loud music, heavy weights. For my body type, I like to lift weights because I don’t need to do a lot of cardio. I find that lifting weights has been the most beneficial.”
Sims, who is currently in the top 12 of the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swim Search, said the competition has been a dream of hers ever since the beginning of her modeling career.
“I just remember seeing Tyra [Banks] on the cover in the late ‘90s,” said Sims. “I remember looking at her and going, ‘Wow, she’s so beautiful.’… And Tyra has since gone on to have an amazing career.”
“I found that the SI Swim Search is a positive and safe environment. I just feel welcomed and honored to even be a part of it,” she added.
The original swimsuit issue made its initial splash in 1964 and helped launch the careers of Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham.
According to the “Sharknado” actress, she and Koepka, 32, were heading to dinner when news broke that she had reached the upper echelons of the competition.
“We were on our way to a dinner,” recalled Sims. “And I was doing the navigation. I was playing DJ on my phone. I had a million things going on, and I checked my email. In the middle of all this chaos, I just see in the subject line, ‘SI Swim Search Top 12 Finalists.’”
“I’m still so shocked. You’re much closer to your biggest dream… [But] it was just the two of us, so I didn’t have to call him to tell him the news,” continued Sims. “He wasn’t on a golf course somewhere … I said, ‘Oh my God,’ in one word.”
“He just said, ‘Congratulations, I’m so proud of you, now what’s our gate code,’” laughed Sims.
The duo met at the 2015 Masters tournament in Georgia before going public in 2017.
The Post reached out to Sims for comment.
Five years later in 2022, Sims and Koepka tied the knot.
“He’s so supportive,” gushed the swimsuit model. “I think that’s why our relationship is so successful because I’m supportive of his hopes and dreams. And he’s so interested in everything that I have going on, which couldn’t be further from what he has going on.”
Sims said that being a pro golfer’s wife isn’t as easy as it seems.
“It tests your patience,” said Sims. “But I’m pretty fortunate. It’s really exciting that my husband doesn’t have a nine-to-five and neither do I.”
The model says that one of the nicer perks of not having a regulated job is that they are able to travel and support each other.
“I’m able to travel with him and go support him. And then whenever I have something going on, if he doesn’t have a tournament, he can come and support me,” stated Sims. “We get to stay together… I get to look forward to seeing him at the end of the day if he’s had a good day or a bad day. I love being there for him.”
According to Sims, neither she nor her husband seeks grandeur when it comes to date night.
“We [like to] catch up on all of our trash reality TV shows,” blushed the model. “That’s our thing together – watching reality TV… It’s just us and our dog.”
“But when we leave the house for a date, there’s a really good restaurant here called U-Tiki,” said Sims. “It’s plastic chairs, sushi, drinks … people are like, ‘That’s your favorite restaurant?’ Absolutely.”
“I don’t need to be wined and dined, like ‘Take me to Miami, let’s go to Nobu.’ I do love Nobu, but we just like [to be] casual, chill. Just us,” she finished.
Despite being in the top 12 of the prestigious competition, Sims revealed that some people believe the actress doesn’t really work.
“I think the biggest misconception is that I don’t work,” said the “American Beach House” star. “And that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s funny, I have some people telling me, ‘You need to just subdue yourself…’ And then I have other people going, ‘She doesn’t work, she just wants to spend his money.’ And I’m like, ‘Y’all have no idea.’ I’ve been working hard.”
“I’ve supported myself as an actress in LA for all of my 20s. I’ve probably shot over 200 TV commercials since moving to Florida,” slammed Sims. “I work as an influencer on Instagram. I know people might not consider that to be a job, ‘cause I don’t sit behind a desk all day. But’s a job. I make great money.”
Sims stated that she also has her very own swim line and that just because she chooses to post the “exciting bits” of her life doesn’t mean she isn’t working hard.
“I have a swim line with OneOne Swim … Just because I show our exciting life on Instagram or TikTok, whatever it is, I grind. I work so hard,” concluded Sims. “I have a swim line with OneOne Swim … Just because I show our exciting life on Instagram or TikTok, whatever it is, I grind. I work so hard.”