- Khloe Kardashian is pregnant, but she is still keeping up with her fitness routine, which she often documents on social media.
- I rarely exercise, but I thought it would be fun to give her workout routine a try.
- The routine I tried was an eight-step circuit that included cardio, weightlifting, and something called “bird-dog planks.”
- It was not fun.
Khloe Kardashian is expecting her first child with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson. And although she’s approaching her April due date, Khloe claims that she’s keeping up with her strict diet and exercise routine.
I was very wrong.
The workout routine I tried had eight parts.
I don’t workout very often. When I do go toÂ the gym, I use the elliptical until I feel sufficiently sweaty (usually less than 20 minutes) and then I lift weights until I’m bored or tired. I am not a picture of health by any means.
Somehow, I was still surprised that Khloe’s “exact pregnancy workout,” which she says is less intense than her regular workout, was very difficult. KhloeÂ shared the eight-step routine on her app and website on January 12, but I followed a version of the plan that was republished by Us Weekly and E!.
Here’s what it consists of:
- She warms up with 30 minutes of cardio on a stair-climber machine.
- Then, she does three x 30-second sets of shoulder press squats.
- Next, she does shoulder tap push-ups.
- After that, she does three x 30-second intervals of Â “lateral duck walk with resistance,” which she pairs with a pull-up.
- Then she moves on to battle ropes.
- Following that, she does chest presses on a balance ball.
- Next, she holds a squat for a full minute with a resistance band wrapped around her thighs.
- She concludes her workout with “bird-dog” planks.
As I wrote this out, I realized I did several things wrong, despite having the routine on myÂ phone the entire time. Still, it was one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done.
The warm-upÂ was a workout in itself.
Right off the bat, I was nervous to use the stair-climber. The machine looks pretty intimidating, and I was sure that I’d fall off. But at this point I was still committed to doing this right, so I reluctantly got started.
After four and a half minutes, my legs felt like lead and my neck began to ache from staring at the machine to make sure I didn’t trip. I told myself I could stop at any time and move to a different machine, but every time I considered getting off, I thought to myself, “What would Khloe do?”
I ended up staying on on the machine for 30 sweaty minutes before stumbling off.
Things went off the rails pretty quickly.
After conquering the stair-climber, I moved on to the strength training portion of the workout with a false sense of confidence.
Shoulder press squats, the first move on my list, are a pretty common, straightforward exercise. I blew through three x 30-second sets of simultaneously squatting and lifting weights. The exercise seemed pretty easy to me, but that’s probably because I used three-pound weights.
Then, I moved on to three x 30-second sets the shoulder tap push-ups. This move is just what it sounds like: You do a normal push-up and bring one hand to the opposite shoulder between each rep. Because my arms are essentially limp noodles, I modified this by skipping the push-up, opting to hold a plank position instead.
But once I changed one thing, I fell entirely off track.
I had never heard of the next move, “lateral duck walk with resistance,” before, and I’m a little embarrassed to say that I had to Google how to do it.
I wasn’t sure how much resistance I would need, so I flippantly grabbed a green band, which was a mistake. I had to loop the band around my thighs twice to get the correct amount of resistance, which feels like something that you probably shouldn’t do.
I took a few steps to the right, but I felt like the move was too easy. Doubting myself, I took to Google again, where I learned that I should actually have the band around my ankles. With that in mind, I readjusted and started over, doing 3 sets of 10 steps in each direction.
This, I would later learn, was also wrong. According to Us Weekly, Khloe “places a resistance band above her knees and hangs onto a TRX strap. Then, she takes three steps to the left, stops to do a pull-up, moves three steps to the right and stops for another pull-up. She does three sets of 30-second intervals.” Oops.
Things did not improve.
After that, I moved on to battle ropes, which I also had to Google the instructions for. I did 3 x one-minute sets, but, to be entirely honest, it’s very likely that I did it wrong.
Next up, chest presses on a balance ball. However, I couldn’t find a balance ball, so I decided to do the move on a regular bench. I didn’t feel bad about the modification.
I did three sets of chest presses for a total of 30 reps, just like Khloe does, according to Us Weekly.
For the second to last exercise, Khloe places the resistance band on her thigh and holds a squat position for a minute, which sounds easy enough.
Somehow, I also misunderstood these very simple instructions and decided to do 50 squats while holding a 12-pound weight. How did I decide this? Did holding the weight do anything for me? It’s honestly unclear.
Finally, Khloe concludes her workout with bird-dog planks, an exercise in which you simultaneously lift your opposite legs and arms while holding a plank position. According to Us Weekly,Â Khloe adds “Waff Minis” for added instability, which she says makes this aÂ “game-changer for your core.”
But I decided to try this without the added instability, and I’m glad I did. On its own, this move was really challenging for me. After a few botched attempts to keep my balance, I collapsed on my gym’s dirty floor and called it a day.
I did just about everything wrong, but I have no regrets.
Khloe Kardashian is pregnant. I am not. Khloe does her workouts with the guidance of a trainer. I turned to Google with all of my questions. Khloe exercises like this all the time (and has a doctor’s clearance to do so). IÂ haven’t worked out a regular basis since I was a benchwarmer on my high school’s junior-varsityÂ track team.
Something, or everything, was bound to go wrong. Still, I didn’t feel bad for making (a lot of) mistakes.
When I got home, I felt exhausted. I promptly dove face-first into a large, Khloe-approved pile of vegetables. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon sprawled out, transforming back into my true couch potato self.
It’s unclear if my failed attempt to lift some weights was effective or not, but I was pretty sore the next day, which has to count for something. I would recommend this workout for anyone looking for a challenge, pregnant or not. Of course, it’s worth reiterating that Khloe’s doctor cleared her to do this workout routine, so, if you are pregnant, we recommend speaking to your doctor before trying it yourself.
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