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- A No-Holds-Barred Q&A With Gunnar Peterson
- What is the difference between training celebrities and “regular” people?
- What about the physical aspects of training? Are celebrities different in that way?
- What is the hardest part of being a trainer?
- On that note, can you share your best time management tips?
- What’s your morning routine?
- Is there a concept you wish your clients understood better?
- What’s the least glamorous part of your job?
- What is the best advice you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness or wellness journey?
- 7 Gym Tips from Celeb Trainer Gunnar Peterson
- I exercised like Khloe Kardashian for a week — and I realized you don’t need a gym to get a killer workout
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- All in all, I learned quite a bit
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Celeb trainer Gunnar Peterson is one of the most in demand trainers in Hollywood right now. He’s Khloe Kardashian’s go-to trainer for her show Revenge Body and works with her sisters Kim and Kendall, too.
When not training the Kardashian-clan, Peterson also helps Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Lopez to realise their fittest bodies too. Because when it comes to no-nonsense fitness results, Hollywood turns to Peterson. Which is why Chris Hemsworth (also known as Thor) and his wife Elsa Pataky, a Women’s Health cover star, asked Peterson to contribute a 4-week women’s workout to their app, Centr.
The app draws on the fitness, nutrition and lifestyle experts the couple have on speed dial so you can get in shape with world class experts via your phone. Not a member? No biggie. Below, Peterson has shared a full-body workout for you. Then keep scrolling to hear from the trainer himself – he talks getting lean and supercharging workout results.
Gunnar Peterson’s full-body workout
The warm-up and cool down is up to you, but when it comes to the workout itself Peterson has you covered with this 6-move session.
(Reps and sets change per exercise. Rest for as long as you need to between sets and exercises.)
Push-ups: 10 reps x 6 sets
a) Place your hands on the floor shoulder distance apart and come up onto your toes. Keep your core tight and your neck in a neutral position while you bend through the elbows to lower your body to ground and push back up.
b) Your body should stay straight (no bending at the hips) as you lower up and down.
Squats: 15 reps x 5 sets
a) Stand with your feet at shoulder width, chest proud and your core switched on.
b) With your weight in your heels, sit back and down into a squat aiming to get your quads parallel to the ground. Push back up to the start and repeat.
Tuck jumps: 10 reps x 4 sets
a) Start in a standing position, feet in line with. Jump as high as you can, bringing your knees up into your chest.
b) Keep your knees soft as you land. You can use your arms for balance and to gain momentum.
Dumbbell overhead press: 15 reps x 3 sets
a) With a dumbbell in each hand, start by holding the weights between your shoulders and your ears, palms facing forward.
b) From that position, push both weights upwards simultaneously to extended arms overhead and slowly lower back down. Keep your core engaged throughout.
Skater lunge with dumbbell kickback: 10 reps x 2 sets
a) Standing in a bent over speed skater position, activating your core, hold the dumbbells at your hips with bent elbows and step one foot back and outwards.
b) As you step back, straighten through the elbows to drive the dumbbells backwards, squeezing through the triceps at the back of the arms. Step back up to the start position and repeat with alternating legs.
Bicycle crunches: 100 reps each side
a) Laying with your back on the ground and your hands supporting your head, bring your legs up so they’re at 90 degrees to your body. Then straighten your right leg out away from your torso, while your left leg moves up toward your chest – at the same time rotating your upper body to the left so your right elbow meets your left knee.
b) Then straighten the left leg out and bring your right knee up to touch your left elbow and repeat. The movement should look as though you are pedalling a bicycle. Keep your shoulders high and make sure your ribcage is rotating to each side, not just your elbow.
Women’s Health: Hey Gunnar!
First things first, what attracted you to the Centr app?
Gunnar Peterson: The Centr team and app really resonates with me and I think it resonates with people who workout with me.
Chris Hemsworth side lunging like a pro. Greg Funnell
I like that there are different trainers, different disciplines and different modalities. Sometimes people find what they like which works for a while, but then one day they want to mix it up and change what they’re doing, with Centr you get that flexibility.
Some of the trainers on the Centr app.
WH: Diet and sleep are key when trying to burn fat and get lean, for busy women do you have any advice?
GP: Listen to your body. Trust that you know yourself well enough to know whether your body is actually tired or if you’re just being lazy. If you need to take a rest day, take the rest day.
WH: You work with so many A-listers – what have they perhaps taught you over the years?
GP: The biggest thing I would say is you can do it, full stop. When you look at some big names, whether it’s sports, whether it’s entertainment and whether I’ve worked with them or not, what you see across the board is that they’re meticulous about scheduling and managing their time and I’ve learned from that.
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Whether it’s getting fitter, taking on a new job or having a kid, with a little planning you can do it.
WH: Do you have any tricks for our readers on how to supercharge workout results?
GP: When you’re consistent the results begin to show, there’s nothing magic about the training. With training you want to find something that engages you mentally and physically enough to stay involved long enough to see the results.
And, without question, water is key. Most people don’t drink enough and they count other liquids they think are hydrating. If it’s not water, it’s not counting toward your hydration. As a nutritionist would tell you, the way you know it’s water is if you can swim in it.
WH: Mindset is key to a good workout, is there anything you say or do with your clients before a session to get them in the right frame of mind?
GP: Try to leave the outside world outside and focus on the workout. That might sound boring, but it’s not, you have to be present! You hear people talk about being present in life, being in the moment, getting off your device, doing this, doing that and I think that applies to exercise as well.
Gunnar Peterson, Centr app Centr
Give me the time and be in that moment. That’s not just with the program on Centr, whatever your workout is, be in it.
Gunnar X Centr is an exclusive 4-week program for women that will launch on centr.com, available now.
I’d be lying if I said Khloé Kardashian’s “revenge body” transformation hasn’t provided me with some serious fitspiration over the past few years. She’s worked hard to get in amazing shape, and she seems authentic and relatable. As a girl whose hips don’t lie (and probably never will, TBH), it’s encouraging to see the incredible results that come from hustling hard, no matter what your body type is.
Of course, celebs like Kardashian have extra support (nutritionists, trainers, and the cash to afford it all), but they still have to put in the work. Not even the Kardashian Krew has the magic get-in-shape bullet we’re all searching for. So when I had the chance to do a session with Kardashian’s trainer, Gunnar Peterson, (and try out the new LG TONE Active+ headphones while I was at it), I didn’t think twice. Peterson worked with Kardashian five to six days a week for two and a half years to help her reach her fitness goals, and I wanted a taste of what it really took for her to get in such incredible shape.
“It’s about being consistent, and it’s about the effort that goes into it every time,” Peterson told me about Kardashian’s success. “Nobody in my gym phones it in.” Kardashian may have posted many a workout ’gram from his Beverly Hills gym, but make no mistake—there’s more sweating than snapping going on there. It’s hard work for an entire hour, start to finish. And after a 20-minute mini-workout with Peterson, I believed it. Here’s how this Khloé Kardashian workout (or at least, a routine worthy of her) went.
I warmed up with 25 jumping jacks, and then we moved right into strength training.
First move: 15 deadlifts. Simple enough. Peterson reminded me to drive through my heels and engage my glutes, and he also told me to try and keep my big toe planted on the ground to stay balanced—a tip I’d never heard before.
Peterson giving me some form notes mid-deadlift.
Deadlifts are a mainstay in Kardashian’s routine, along with other strength-training exercises. Peterson said that when he works with her, “we do big strength moves. There’s no fear of heavy weights. deadlifts, Bulgarian split squats, pull-ups, pull-downs, wood chops, sled pushes…” The list goes on, and every workout is different, he said. Strength training is extremely important, especially if weight loss is your goal—the more muscle mass you have, the more energy it takes for your body to maintain it, so you burn more calories at rest—so Peterson focuses on it when training his clients.
As Peterson’s playlist started playing through the external speakers on the TONE Active+ headphones, I asked what his clients (Klients?) like to listen to—Khloé goes for the Drake Pandora station, while Kendall Jenner’s more of a Ty Dolla $ign kind of girl (he’s worked with her for over two years, and did extra hardcore training with her for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show).
Throughout the workout, we switched between lower body, upper body, and core exercises, with bursts of cardio thrown in.
Peterson said he sets up most of his clients’ workouts so that they’re always alternating muscle groups. After my deadlifts, we went back to a quick cardio burst with 26 split jacks. During this section, Peterson asked if I’d played sports growing up, because the controlled way I was jumping seemed athletic—and let me tell you, this was the highest compliment he could have bestowed upon me. (The answer is a hard no, and I admitted that I played soccer from age 7 to 10 but I didn’t score a single goal). Nevertheless, I was feeling confident. Also, very sweaty, which persisted throughout the entire workout.
A No-Holds-Barred Q&A With Gunnar Peterson
Gunnar Peterson is one of the biggest names in fitness today. You might remember him from the Khloe Kardashian show, Revenge Body, or some of our recent chats with him on aSweatLife, but he is known for so much more. While he’s trained many of Hollywood’s A-list including Angelina Jolie and Sofia Vergara, he’s also the Director of Strength and Endurance Training for the Los Angeles Lakers.
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Peterson at the Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival. He revealed secrets of being a trainer, his own morning routine, and advice for people who are beginning their fitness journeys. In this no-holds-barred conversation, he poignantly delivered the truth about fitness.
What is the difference between training celebrities and “regular” people?
In my experience, the only difference is the scheduling. Celebrities have so many things pulling at their day. From their assistants, to management to agents— it’s hard to fit it in. So, scheduling is the toughest part, but it’s not insurmountable by any means.
What about the physical aspects of training? Are celebrities different in that way?
Anyone who hires a trainer ultimately wants to push harder than they can push themselves or than they anticipate being able to push themselves. So the trainer is there is to set the bar and make sure they achieve it. The people who come to me are pretty driven and goal oriented. They want to do the work and they want it to be tough. They want it to be outside their comfort zone because that’s where the party starts!
What is the hardest part of being a trainer?
From my experience, the hardest part is balancing client hours with gym hours, as well as your own fitness, family, friends, and other pursuits.
If you map it out, I think you can do it all. You see people in the entertainment industry from Jennifer Lopez to Dwayne Johnson, Khloe Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest. People have multiple jobs and they do a lot of different things. If they do it, budget their time and map it out, then as a trainer, you can certainly do that.
Don’t tell me you didn’t have time to workout because you were training nine people that day. Do your workout early. Do it in between. Do it after. There’s a way to do it, but you have to map it out. Without a plan and a schedule, you’re doomed.
I work it out backwards. What time do I have to be there? How long will the drive be? How long will it take to clean up after my workout? How long do I want to workout for? How long do I want to sleep?
What’s your morning routine?
I get up get 3:45am, have an almond butter and take supplements. Natural, not “amp you up” things. I shower and get dressed. My clothes are laid out the night before. And yes, they are laid out in the order in which I put them on. It just makes it easier. I go and do cardio, stretch and lift weights. I eat and clean up. Then I start with clients, usually at 7:15.
Is there a concept you wish your clients understood better?
This skews more towards women, but do not be afraid of lifting weights. Weights are your friends. It’s hard to get big. It’s a lifestyle and commitment to get big. Lift the weights and you will get a return on your fitness investment.
What’s the least glamorous part of your job?
At the end of the day, you’re still wiping up sweat. I had these two NFL guys in a few years back, and one of them started throwing up. I have a bucket for that. They finished their workout and when they left, the next person came in. I said, “Hang on a second.” I had the puke bucket and I had to walk to the back and clean it. She said, “You’re going to clean that?” I said, “It’s not going to clean itself.” That’s probably the low point.
What is the best advice you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness or wellness journey?
Get stated. Don’t wait for June 1st or your 35th birthday. Just start. Take a class nearby. Group exercise has a way of inspiring. Don’t worry about people looking at you because you’re not in shape. Go get started! Everyone is thinking about themselves. Take the class. Take another one. Don’t do one and say, “I didn’t like it.” Give 3, 4, 5 classes a chance.
*Some answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Trainer Gunnar Peterson knows a lot about A-list workouts. With clients like Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone and the Kardashians (to name a few), he’s helped sculpt some of Hollywood’s most coveted physiques.
Beyond the red carpet, though, Peterson has more than 20 years of experience working in all areas of fitness. Ask him a question about functional training and exercise techniques and he can rattle off a slew of valuable gym tips that’ll make your workout more efficient and effective. So that’s exactly what we did.
We talked shop with Peterson at an event for his partnership with Now Foods and their #LiveHealthyNOW initiative. Here are just a few of his secrets for how to better your workout, so you get better results.
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7 Gym Tips from Celeb Trainer Gunnar Peterson
1. Don’t skip the warm-up. (Seriously.)
For almost every workout Peterson leads, he suggests starting with five to 15 minutes of light cardio exercise. “The benefits are that you elevate the temperature of the body and lubricate the joints, so you are less likely to get injured,” he says. “It also gives your mind a chance to lock into your workout.” Start strong; finish even stronger.
2. Go heavy — because you can.
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: Don’t be scared of heavy weights. Once you’ve mastered a movement, like a bodyweight squat or reverse lunge, Peterson says more resistance is the key to more gains. “Your body needs an external load — women especially for bone density, lean tissue and maintenance,” he says. “You need that so your body composition is working in your favor.”
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3. Better your bicep curl.
When using dumbbells for a bicep curl, make sure to grip them tight. Don’t get lazy and let them flop to a diagonal. You want to hold them in one straight line, palms fully facing you, Peterson says, as if you were holding a barbell. This better targets the bicep. When you tilt the weights forward or on a diagonal, it can take away some of the muscle-building benefits of the exercise.
4. Correct your kettlebell form.
When you’re doing a kettlebell swing, keep your chest up and shoulders rolled down and back. “A lot of times people pitch way forward so their body comes to almost a 90-degree fold,” Peterson says. “You want to keep your chest up and think defensive stance in a sport.” This will protect your back and better work your glutes, helping you magnify the payoffs of the explosive exercise — without aches or injuries.
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5. Drop it low with ropes.
Crushing calories with battle ropes? In a rope slam (when both hands bring the rope up and down), the biggest mistake Peterson sees is leaning forward — instead of getting low. “You want to engage your glutes; you want them to fire in that eccentric action,” he says. Think deep squat, dropping your hips and butt down and back.
6. Power your push-up.
If you’re a little unsteady in your push-up or if you’re adding a T raise to it, Peterson suggests positioning your feet wider than your hips or even a mat. This broadens your base of support so you have better balance and can execute the movement efficiently. (Plus, because it’ll help you keep your hips stable, it’ll fire up your core even more.) If you can’t get your chest all the way to the ground, don’t fret. Just go as low as you can, then work your way up to the full range of motion.
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7. Turn on your core.
Crunches, bicycles, ab twists — they all work your core muscles, as long as you’re using correct form. While doing all of these moves, Peterson suggests keeping your chin up high enough that you’d be able to put a baseball under it. This will stop you from pulling on your neck. Also, take a brief pause in the contracted (or crunched) position and inhale and exhale steadily as you go. Consider your core, carved.
For a glimpse at what Peterson’s full sweat sessions look like, check out his 30-minute routine in the video below, created in partnership with Now Foods. All it takes is five moves for a total-body workout.
Gunnar Peterson: 3:45 a.m., which means I have to handle my sleep differently than other people. It’s an ongoing thing, right? Some people have a problem getting their training up to speed, some people have a problem locking their nutrition in, and some people just can’t drink enough water. My problem is my sleep and my other forms of recovery. Starting about three years ago, I got really diligent with recovery protocols. NormaTec massage, Headspace , all of those things.
I love that you just grouped Headspace into the recovery suite. Do you track your sleep?
Yeah, I use SleepScore. I try to think of it like this: I’m trying harder, and I’m not perfect at it, but I’m doing better. If I’m keeping tabs on myself and I’m holding myself accountable and I’m not doing it in a stressful way, then I’m already way better off than I was. Sometimes the knee-jerk reaction is to be angry at the app when it tells you that you’re not sleeping well, but I can’t be angry at it. It’s like getting the test back when you know you didn’t study. You can’t be pissed that you got a D, you know? You earned that. You didn’t do the work.
Do you eat before you leave your house at the crack of dawn?
I eat a Split, which is essentially nut butter and jam. That way, I don’t train while fasting. I used to do that for years. I talked to my nutrition guy and told him, “I just feel like I come in flat all the time.” So he told me to try this routine. The nut butter slows the absorption of sugar, so you don’t spike and then fall off. I feel like I get more out of my workouts with this.
I also drink 25 ounces of water first thing when I wake up. We know so much about hydration, especially if you read some of the stuff that comes out of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Guys are making way better choices on that front nowadays. Some of the guys I work with are drinking, like, six liters a day.
Whoa. And after you drink all that water?
I get in workout clothes and get to the gym by 4:30. I answer any e-mails, then I’m on the bike or doing another form of cardio by 5:00. I do 30 to 45 minutes of cardio unless, God forbid, I have a cancellation, and then I’ll knock out an hour. But cancellations are rare.
Are you a post-workout-protein-shake kind of guy?
Yeah. I use Transformation protein powder and water. It’s egg and pea protein.
Do you have any feelings on the whole I only eat plant-based proteins trend?
I think you have to go with what works for you. I watched the movie The Game Changers , and of course you’re swayed right out of the gate. But then you’ve got to pump the brakes and look at it for what it is. It’s interesting, there’s definitely some take-home information, but it’s not going to swing me all the way.
So what happens after the protein shake?
At 10:30 a.m. I have another Split, and then around 1:00 p.m. I have lunch, which is typically salmon and a carb. The carb is usually a yam or rice. Sometimes quinoa. I also like eating spinach and sliced tomatoes.
And for dinner?
I get home and I usually have something right out of the gate, maybe some chicken. And then I’ll have dinner with the family, but I eat my own stuff. They’ll do Taco Tuesday or get pizza. And of course, who doesn’t like that stuff? I just don’t like the way it makes me feel, so it’s not worth it for me.
I exercised like Khloe Kardashian for a week — and I realized you don’t need a gym to get a killer workout
- Khloe Kardashian lives a busy life but she manages to fit plenty of workouts. I exercised like her for a week to see what it was like.
- Kardashian’s trainer, Gunnar Peterson, explained some of the keys to her success to INSIDER.
- The experience taught me the importance of mixing things up and how to get a great workout at home.
- Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more great stories.
Over the past few years, Khloe Kardashian has been very busy. She’s starred on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” for years, hosted her own show “Revenge Body,” and has been raising her daughter, True.
Through it all, she’s also been very open about her fitness journey and, of course, her huge closet of workout clothes.
According to her trainer Gunnar Peterson, Kardashian really kicked off her fitness journey by going to Soul-Cycle classes, making an effort to be more active, and switching up her lifestyle.
Peterson told INSIDER that, in addition to exercise, Kardashian incorporated better nutrition habits into her life, improved her sleeping patterns, and tried to reduce her stress levels.
As someone who’s always looking for new workout routines that make me feel motivated and engaged, I was excited to tackle Kardashian’s. That being said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous beforehand — her end results (and reputation of perseverance and dedication) made me worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I grabbed my dumbbells and yoga mat and rested up for what I thought was sure to be a long week.
To workout like Kardashian for the week, I would have to adapt a bit. There are only so many Khloe-Kardashian-inspired fitness routines floating around on the internet and, of course, I didn’t have Peterson by my side each day. But I was ready and willing to be up to the challenge.
I was ready to go. Lauren Schumacker
On the first day of my week of working out like Kardashian, I was so ready to go. I’d done my research and felt like I could handle it.
Of the workouts I’d found that I wanted to try this week, I opted to begin with one from Women’s Health that Peterson created in 2017
It’s only 11 moves and it’s not super high in reps, so each circuit goes by relatively quickly, or, at least, it would if you don’t have to stop to rest (which I definitely did). It interspersed strength moves with cardio and left me feeling winded on more than one occasion.
I powered through three sets of the moves, taking my time so that I could make it through three sets. I planned on three sets on day one, thinking that I could work my way up to five by the end of the week. I had to do the push-ups on my knees, but hey, at least I did them, right? I finished the day feeling confident.
These squats proved to be a killer. Lauren Schumacker
I went to bed with so much energy the night before but woke up really feeling the squats and deadlifts I did yesterday. I was sore and spent the day half-waddling around.
Since it was Halloween, I didn’t want to immediately hop into my workout gear after work — I saw some friends, handed out some candy and then headed home to eat dinner, wrap up some work and, yes, fit in my workout.
I decided that since yesterday had gone well, I’d repeat that same set of moves again. I was feeling stronger, but tired. I was still determined: no sleep until after my workout was done. I compromised with myself, however, and shortened it and told me a little bit of sleep was more important than a longer workout. As it turns out, that was probably a good idea.
As Peterson told INSIDER, sleep can be pretty important. ” … Instead of adding the extra workout with the trainer, or the extra mile on the treadmill, there are a lot of people who would probably benefit from an extra hour of sleep,” he explained.
I got more lifts in my supermans. Lauren Schumacker
I woke up on day three feeling good. Much better, actually, than I felt when I woke up the day before.
One and a half sets into my workout, I started to feel tired. Really tired. More tired than I’d been during a workout in a while. It was probably more mental than anything else, because I was getting more lift in my Supermans and felt like I could bicep curl all day long.
I spent part of the set negotiating with myself and ended up wrapping the workout up after two full sets. I was making myself get up early the next morning to workout, anyway, I reasoned, so it’d be OK.
Supposedly, Kardashian likes to work out early in the morning and she sometimes works out more than once in a day. I am not really a morning person and especially not a morning workout person, but it was going to happen, like it or not.
Morning workouts are hard. Lauren Schumacker
It was not going to happen. When my alarm rang at 5:30 am, I immediately regretted everything. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I did hit the snooze button, but I finally pulled myself out of bed just in time to do a whole 13 minutes on the stationary bike before I had to get ready for work.
I was tired when I got home from work and half-heartedly flirting with the idea of skipping my evening strength training, but after dinner I convinced myself that it’d be worth it (and remembered I’d only done 13 minutes of biking that morning).
I decided to switch things up today, choosing another full-body circuit workout designed by Peterson — this time from Women’s Health UK. Almost immediately I was faced with a dilemma. I was doing this particular workout at home, where I don’t have access to any medicine balls. Instead of skipping the move, I opted to use one of the heaviest dumbbells I had on hand, which seemed to work in a pinch.
This workout made me feel strong and capable — I loved it. I went through the entire routine twice and called it a day.
As soon as I woke up, after planning on a nice long workout, I knew things wouldn’t go according to plan. I had an afternoon flight to Nashville and things just weren’t going smoothly.
Still, I was determined to do something, so I reused the routine from yesterday and again went through it twice. This time, though, I went as quickly as I could, not allowing myself to really take many breaks, so that I could fit it all in and still have time for a shower before I had to get to the airport. My second workout of the day was an unplanned brisk walk through Midway Airport to get to my gate with a bit of time to spare.
Day six’s workout was not meant to be. I was in Nashville with a group of friends from college and the day’s schedule was fully planned. Plus, the house we’d rented wasn’t as conducive to a Khloe-Kardashian-style workout as the gym or even my house, so I hesitantly accepted that I’d have to skip that day.
Fitting in workouts is hard, but not impossible. Lauren Schumacker
I woke up in Nashville, my workout lingering in the back of my mind. I couldn’t completely skip working out at all two days in a row. I thought about what Khloe would do.
Again, though, I was faced with a bit of a conundrum: how do I make one of these workouts work without any equipment whatsoever? To add a bit more drama to that, we had check out of our house by 11 a.m., so it’d have to wait until the afternoon.
Luckily, my friends like to be somewhat active and we spent the rest of the day walking around, exploring the city. We even tossed in a few squats and lunges for good measure. It wasn’t the workout Khloe would’ve done, but it felt far better than taking the day off. Not only that, but I felt good about it.
Peterson said that change in a workout is important to coax your body to change rather than simply adapt.
“If you’re giving it nothing new to adapt to, why would it change? It’s gonna get through, it’s gonna fire as many fibers, it’s gonna elevate, heart rate’s gonna elevate as per the challenge,” Peterson explained. “Go up a set of stairs, go up two flights of stairs, go up five flights of stairs, you’re gonna see your body’s going, ‘Wait a minute, this is different today.'”
I learned that this week. At the beginning of the week, I did the same workout a number of days in a row, not really challenging myself and you know what? I got bored. I felt energy coursing through my body and I felt capable and more confident, but I also started to feel myself wanting something different.
All in all, I learned quite a bit
Switching up your workouts — if you don’t have a trainer like Peterson to help — can take a little bit of work, but, in the long-run, it can help make you stronger, happier, and healthier.
It’s difficult to fit even a quick workout into a super-busy day but, for me, this week was proof that it can be done if you get creative and make it a priority. I learned that the key to fitting in workouts isn’t having loads of time you’re looking to fill (though that helps), it’s deciding that you’re fitting it into your day no matter what.
Not feeling inspired? Mix it up, try something new, there’s no need to be bored during your workout. A new class, YouTube channel, or sport can make all the difference in the world.
Tune in to season three of “Revenge Body With Khloé Kardashian,” which premieres Sunday, July 7, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on E!.