Kim Kardashian's August 20th wedding date is approaching rapidly, which means her get-in-shape plan is in full force. Gunnar Peterson, Kim's trainer, shares her top workout strategies, along with exercise and nutrition tips. The critical takeaway? You're never too busy to be healthy.
Here are some workout strategies and moves inspired by Kim Kardashian's workout:
FOCUS ON THE UPPER BODY
"We do a modified push/pull resistance workout with cardio intervals," says Gunnar. Whether or not Kim's Vera Wang wedding gown is strapless, her arms and upper body will look sleek and sexy thanks to the work she's been putting in during her training sessions. Below, three fantastic push/pull moves for your upper body:
A: Sit down in a lat pulldown station and grab the bar with an overhand grip that's just beyond shoulder width.
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
A: Stand holding a pair of dumbbells just outside your shoulders, with your arms bent and palms facing each other. Set your feet shoulder-width apart, and slightly bend your knees.
B: Press the weights upward until your arms are completely straight. Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
Cable Diagonal Raise
A: Attach a stirrup handle to the low pulley of a cable station. Standing with your right side toward the weight stack, grab the handle with your left hand and position it in front of your right hip, with your elbow slightly bent.
B: Without changing the bend in your elbow, pull the handle up and across your body until you hand is above your head. Low the handle to the starting position. Complete the prescribed number of repetitions with your left arm, then immediately do the same number with your right arm.
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FOCUS ON THE LOWER BODY
Gunnar says he likes to have Kim do moves such as a rear lunge to a front kick, a squatted side step, or a walking lunge with med-ball rotation. Doing these lower-body exercises not only makes you more stable overall, you're less likely to turn an ankle stepping off the curb in your new platforms, or yank a hammy chasing after a wayward nephew. Kim's lower-body exercises will allow her to walk down the aisle, and dance through the reception, with confidence. Here are three great lower-body toners:
Dumbbell Lunge and Rotation
A: Grab a dumbbell and hold it by the ends, just below your chin.
B: Step forward into a lunge. As you lunge, rotate your upper body toward the same side as the leg you're using to step forward.
Walking High Kicks
A: Stand tall with your arms hanging at your sides. Keeping your knee straight, kick your left leg up—reaching with your right arm out to meet it—as you simultaneously take a step forward. (Just imagine that you're a Russian soldier).
B: As soon as your left foot touches the floor, repeat the movement with your right leg and left arm. Alternate back and forth.
Side Lunge and Press
A: Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Press the dumbbells over your head so that your arms are straight.
B: Step to your right and lower your body into a side lunge as you lower the right dumbbell to your shoulder. Reverse the movement and push yourself back to the start.