The future of Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career may be in question, but her fitness regimen certainly isn’t going anywhere. Patrick recently posted a video on her Instagram proving that point, as she crushed a living room workout that looks anything but relaxing. You won’t be able to look at pillows the same way after watching this.
Patrick detailed the contents of the 33-minute workout in her caption. The routine consisted of four 15-round blocks, with each block containing anywhere from two to four exercises ranging from lunges to push-ups to jumping jacks.
“I looooove making up workouts,” Patrick wrote. “Kinda like I love putting an outfit together for dinner just as much as I like going to dinner. I like the creativity about it. The balance, the flow. This was a compound movement workout inspired by @tanyapoppett. I saw her do a workout with pillows and thought, ya, props!”
This video is yet another example of a workout that you don’t need a gym to master. Patrick did this using just pillows, a couch, and a wall. (Here’s another living room workout that will prove once and for all the couch is a force to be reckoned with. Or, for transformative workouts that you can do anywhere, try the Men’s Health Get Back in Shape workout program.)
Obviously, there’s a lot more to Patrick than just racing fast cars, as . She’s also seriously committed to her physique and wellbeing, and it’s made her fit as hell. So, the next time you feel like staying home instead of going to the gym, do it—just make sure you’re getting a total-body workout like her.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 07: Danica Patrick attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick keeps in incredible shape. Sunday, she gave her fans a sneak peek into just how she does it.
Patrick, who obviously had to keep herself as strong as possible during her racing days, does not appear to be slowing down in retirement. She posted four videos of herself doing different workouts. She also explained her motivation:
If you want some thing above average your going to have to put in an above average effort.
In an effort to look my best, I lean Into the fitness part pretty hard. A perfect diet/in a calorie deficit/being friggen hungry…..NOT my thing. But 2-a-days, I’ll see you there. Today I did almost a 40 min abs/interval/no weights lower body workout early this morning. Then this afternoon I decided, my cakes need some weights.
Patrick’s afternoon session consisted of multiple sets of back squats, leg presses, double-unders, wall balls, front squats, and deficit sumo squats.
We’re tired just thinking about all of this in a row:
Patrick has been in the news lately due to her high-profile relationship with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They seem to be going strong.
Perhaps Patrick’s workout can serve as motivation for others to get back into shape.
- 7 yoga workout poses from Danica Patrick’s Instagram
With a strict workout regimen, a book with a 12-week exercise program and aspirations to one day be an instructor for the masses, it’s safe to call Danica Patrick a fitness expert.
The recently retired race car driver regularly changes up how she exercises through a combination of things like weight training, cardio and yoga, and she recently broke down her favorite workout moves for For The Win. In her health and fitness book, Pretty Intense, she describes herself as 25 percent weight lifter, 50 percent CrossFitter, 20 percent sprinter and 5 percent distance runner.
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Ella and I are about to tear it up in the gym, she has her ball and I have, a lot of @roguefitness equipment. 😆 haven’t used this fun little vest in a while…….
But Patrick is still like everyone else when it comes to not wanting to work out sometimes or just needing a chill day.
“I definitely have some days where I’m a little less energetic,” she told For The Win.
So how does she motivate herself to get to the gym or push herself through a grueling workout? She shared these seven fitness tips with us.
1. Plan ahead
“I would say that having a little bit of a schedule for your workout tends to get you doing it,” Patrick said. “So that’s helpful. Having a designated space to do it is also helpful if you’re doing it at home, so you have a purposeful place for it.”
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I’m so excited to have my home gym loaded with all the good stuff! @roguefitness Last round of 10- 1 clean and jerk #105 2 strict hand stand push ups 3 strict ring dips (8:52)
In a chapter of Pretty Intense focusing on mantras in a section called “Stop Thinking, Start Doing”, she explains:
(If) your regular workout is at six P.M. and you choose not to go, chances are you probably came up with a well-thought-out excuse: “I’m too tired.” “I can’t fit it in.” “My legs hurt.” Standing up, putting on your gear, and starting to work out takes little, if any, thought at all. It’s figuring out why you can’t go that requires some real thinking.
2. Challenging = Confidence
Don’t be scared or intimidated by challenging exercise moves or complicated workouts, Patrick said.
Wall walks are one of her go-to moves, and they’re a multi-part exercise that begins in a push-up position and moves into a handstand against the wall. She said people read the instructions for them or see them listed in her workout program and freak out because they don’t think they could ever do a handstand.
“While things are difficult, the amount of confidence you gain from being able to do it or accomplishing it, that seeps into so many other facets of your life,” Danica said. “You believe in yourself entirely — as opposed to just, ‘I can do that move.’ It’s now, ‘Oh, you need me to do that work? Sure, I got you.’ ‘Need me to do that? Sure, I got it.’ You tend to get more confident in your life, period, because you realize you can do it if you believe in yourself.”
3. If you don’t have a workout…
…try doing a single full-body move on repeat, like burpees, which are another favorite of Patrick’s. No one says you have to always be clever or creative with your workouts to get a good one in.
“A couple years ago, I was at my parents house, and I did not feel like thinking of a workout that day,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘I wanna workout, but what should I do? I’ll just do burpees.’
“And I was going to do 1,000 burpees for time, and then I looked online and saw that takes over an hour, and I didn’t have an hour. So I was like, ‘I’ll do 500.’ And the only thing I stopped for was every 100, I jotted down the time it was on the clock, just to see what my intervals were. I’m pretty sure it took me 35 minutes.”
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Who the heck put 1000 burpees for time in my head as a fun challenge?! So glad I only decided to do 500! 😜 35:25 was what it took. Full crossfit jumping burpees. Anyone else up for the challenge?!
4. Manage your workout
Five hundred burpees sound excruciating and 1,000 seem impossible. While Patrick certainly isn’t saying go that big on your first day of getting back in shape, there is a way to help digest a daunting task. Whether it’s for motivation while exercising or to push yourself next time, she recommends breaking it up.
“The most helpful for (me is) to break down the reps into a manageable set,” Danica said. “So let’s say you have to do 100 push ups. Do 10 sets of 10, or 20 sets of five. Whatever your manageable amount is, do that.”
And then build on it.
5. Have a 5-count
When Patrick’s intensity level is high and she feels like she wants to give up, her go-to mantra is: “Slow down, don’t stop.” But there are times when she, like everyone else, still needs a break.
“While you’re in the middle of it when things are difficult, give yourself a certain amount of time to count to,” she explains. “So — and I literally just did this today — when you’re tired and you stop for a second, just count to five, and when five is up, start again.”
6. When you’re really not feeling intense…
…there’s an option for that too.
“If you are in one of those days and you’re just tired, or it’s cloudy out, or maybe you’re exhausted from traveling or from work or family or kids, just go for a walk,” Patrick said.
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Air kisses with my shadow, Ella. ❤️ I got up early, so I suited up and took my babies for a hike before it got too hot.🔥 I loooove doing anything outside. I was not designed for anything or anywhere without windows. I am solar powered.
“Honestly, I do that a lot. And I’ll go for an hour or an hour and a half, and I’ll take the dogs, and it’s great exercise from a low-intensity perspective. But you’re getting moving, and I think that’s the thing I’ll do if I’m bored or not energetic.”
7. Food matters
Danica loves to cook, and there’s an entire section in her book dedicated to food. She doesn’t just like to eat and cook healthy food, but she says there’s a direct link between food and desire to exercise.
“Diet is very important. I find I don’t really have many low-energy days where I’m not in the mood (to work out), so I think cleaning up your diet and getting away from gluten and dairy can really help your energy levels.”
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Now this is a mountain of veggies! Arugula, tomato, beets, avocado, zucchini, onion, mushroom, kabocha squash, micro greens, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a homemade lemon tahini turmeric vinaigrette. 😋
7 yoga workout poses from Danica Patrick’s Instagram
Danica Patrick recently announced that 2017 would be her last full-time season in NASCAR. As NASCAR’s first female driver, her legacy with the sport and fans is clear. One good thing of her being on the track less is that she’ll likely have more time to devote to her inspirational yoga practice, which she frequently posts about on her Instagram page.
As we move into the holiday season, here are some of our favorite poses to help you de-stress, get centered and find some forking inner peace.
Simple Backward Bend
Great way to work out all those kinks from cooking and cleaning for company.
If you can’t find a partner, it’s easy to do this pose using a wall for balance.
Reverse Namaste Arms
Great way to open up and stretch those shoulders.
This is a great way to get fresh blood flowing but you probably should not try this in flip flops.
This runners lunge is great for working the hamstrings and opening up the hips.
Seated Pigeon Pose
Open hips FTW.
Work out all your lower and upper back kinks.
If you can get into this pose, there’s probably nothing you can’t handle.
Danica Patrick shared a photo of herself pulling off a difficult yoga pose, but all anyone could talk about was how the retired race car driver cut her hair. The new photo, shared on June 19, shows Patrick wearing a trimmed hairdo in a new way. The look earned several compliments from her fans.
Patrick, 37, included a long caption to go with the photo, but did not mention her hairdo. Instead, she wrote about how important yoga has become in her life.
“I started practice yoga in about 2000. It took until 2014 to commit to some consistency,” Patrick wrote. “And in 2019, I have realized that meditation and breath are really where the growth comes from. Pranayama. Meditation. The body follows the breath and the mind.”
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She continued, “Just try taking 3 deep breaths with your eyes closed and see if you can’t help but relaxing. That goes into the practice. A breath for each move and when you stay in a pose to deepen it, the breath will open you up. Yoga is a great practice of trying harder and letting go. They are each necessary at certain times….. kinda like life.”
However, Patrick’s hairdo was what got fans talking. It was the first time many of them had ever seen her with shorter hair.
“You have short hair! For like the first time ever. I love it! (And I love your deep breath advice too!)” one fan wrote.
“Hey lady love the hair it looks amazing!! See you soon,” another wrote.
“Love your haircut!! And love your posts,” another chimed in.
“Keep up the good work sharing your lifestyle stuff. Like the new haircut. Best wishes for you and Aaron,” one fan wrote, referencing her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
There was at least one fan who was not happy. “Damn…the long beautiful hair was one of your great trademarks… so sad,” the fan wrote, along with three crying emojis.
Patrick has been open about yoga practice in the past. In an interview with USA Today, she said there is one pose she will always be trying to perfect.
“I’m forever in pursuit of kapotasana, which is basically like camel pose where you grab your heels in a backbend,” she explained last year.
She added, “It’s like a super, super tight backbend, and you have to have good shoulder flexibility and be able to open your chest up, because you grab your heels basically with your head on the ground in a backbend while your knees are on the ground, which is just a super deep backbend. So I’ll probably be in pursuit of that for most of my life.”
Patrick started dating Rodgers in February 2018. On June 17, the couple went to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado to see Trevor Hall perform. In January, Rodgers and Patrick went on a romantic trip to New Zealand.
Although Patrick retired from racing last year, she still attended the Indy 500 last month. She was a member of NBC’s broadcast team, a year after she survived a crash there.
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If you’re familiar with Danica Patrick’s Instagram account, you know she’s much better at yoga than most Earth-dwellers.
The racing superstar just can’t seem to master one pose in particular, however.
“I’m forever in pursuit of kapotasana, which is basically like camel pose where you grab your heels in a backbend,” Patrick recently told For The Win. “It’s like a super, super tight backbend, and you have to have good shoulder flexibility and be able to open your chest up, because you grab your heels basically with your head on the ground in a backbend while your knees are on the ground, which is just a super deep backbend.
“So I’ll probably be in pursuit of that for most of my life.”
Assuming Patrick hasn’t stopped training since she posted this Instagram, it’s hard to imagine her kapotasana needing much refining. But hey, considering her insatiable appetite for working out, Patrick doesn’t strike us as someone who ever settles.
However, she’ll take a break from flexing and stretching for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, which will be Patrick’s final race as a professional driver.
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