It was around the time of Paris Fashion Week two years ago, and Karlie Kloss really needed to get an 18-mile run in — after all, she was training for the New York City Marathon and it was fast approaching. So she remembers lacing up her sneakers and striding through Paris, which is, she recalled, “a beautiful place to run,” especially in Fall. That November, she finished the 2017 New York City Marathon in under five hours, clocking in at 4:41:49. Now, the model and founder of coding camp Kode With Klossy said she still can’t believe she can call herself a marathoner.
Karlie told POPSUGAR that she started training in Spring 2017, which gave her seven or eight months, and she purposely allowed herself time (note: this recap video of her marathon training shows that she didn’t officially sign up for the marathon until about three and a half months before). “I knew I wanted to have a longer leeway of preparing for it and taking baby steps,” she said, adding that she never used to identify as a runner growing up because she was more into ballet, swimming, and yoga.
Taking baby steps is one piece of advice she’d give to anyone who wants to run a marathon. “Start with tangible goals that you can reach,” she advised. She always had her heart set on completing 26.2 miles, and the New York City Marathon was her main goal. “If I could do that, then I could literally do anything,” she said. (Karlie echoes this on Adidas’s new Running With video series).
In training for and running her first marathon, she learned that it’s not just about the miles, “it’s truly about a holistic approach to prepare your body and your mind.” Running, for her, became as much about mental strength as physical strength; she had to work on building up tenacity and resilience to stay committed. Aside from looking to coaches like marathoner and former Olympian Jen Rhines for guidance, Karlie also had to focus on taking care of her body, getting enough sleep, and keeping hydrated. Her diet is pretty healthy as it is, she said, full of lean protein and vegetables, but she wouldn’t shy away from carbs or cookies either in the months leading up to the marathon ‚ definitely not cookies.
Karlie wants to have another go at 26.2 miles — and improve on her time at that — but she still makes running a huge part of her routine today. “I love just what running does in my life and the freedom and flexibility to be able to do it anywhere, anytime,” she said. Her last big race was the Berlin Half Marathon this past Spring, which she did with her entire Kode With Klossy team. “Running is something that’s both individual and kind of communal. For me, I know I’m pushing myself in my own head to get faster and to be committed to showing up for myself,” she said.
Now, Karlie typically works out four times a week and tries to keep it fun and full of variety with HIIT, strength training, and longer cardio. She goes to Dogpound to work out with her trainer, Kirk Myers, when she’s in New York. And when she’s on the road, she gets a little more creative. “Trying to keep up a fitness routine while traveling was a big reason why I started running,” she shared. “It’s such an easy and flexible workout and an amazing way to explore a new city or familiarize yourself with a new neighborhood.”
Lacing up her shoes to go pound pavement wherever, whenever is “just so consuming” and the discipline to maintain a routine, even outside of training, comes from within, she said. Right now, her favorite running sneakers are these crisp Ultraboosts from Adidas, which she talks about like they’re some work of art she’s collected for her home. She noted that she was taking a photo of the shoes as we spoke — they’re that pristine. “I have this weird obsession with really crisp white sneakers,” she said. See for yourself (plus where to buy them) ahead, and check out Karlie in action!
A likely 50,000 runners made the 26.2-mile journey from Staten Island to Central Park on Sunday for the 2017 New York City Marathon. Along with the large crowd of dedicated runners, a group of famous individuals—many of them devoted runners themselves—raced alongside them. From fastest to slowest, here’s a rundown of their finish times.
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This has been such an incredible year and to be here @nycmarathon with my team is beyond exhilarating. It makes me feel so blessed to work and today to run with my friends. #makeitnice
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Daniel Humm, 41, 3:12:10, Swiss chef and co-owner of 2017’s World’s Best Restaurant, Eleven Madison Park.
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26.2 Damn it….The New York Marathon is officially completed…Check this goal off of my list damn it. #HustleHart #MoveWithHart
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Kevin Hart, 38, 4:05:06, comedian and film star. This was the Philly native’s first marathon.
#TCSNYMarathon advice from @TikiBarber “don’t be a hero at the beginning and don’t be a coward at the end” pic.twitter.com/PhUI2hqscg
— TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) November 3, 2017 Tiki Barber, 42, 4:38:15, a former NFL player who is the all-time rushing leader for the New York Giants and cohost of CBS Sports Radio’s morning show. View this post on Instagram
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Prince Royce, 28, 4:39:30, American singer, songwriter, and Bronx native. This was Royce’s first marathon.
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Sooo honored to be featured in @runnersworldmag Sept issue! Quoted: “I never try to do an eating contest before a run. But I don’t mind doing an Ironman and then an eating contest. That doesn’t bother me.”
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Yasir Salem, 40, 4:41:33, professional competitive eater and Ironman.
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Karlie Kloss, 25, 4:41:49, American supermodel and founder of Kode with Klossy. This was the former Victoria’s Secret Angel’s first marathon.
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One month until I run the TCS NYC Marathon with #261Fearless charity runners! Thank you for believing in us #Bose!
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Kathrine Switzer, 70, 4:48:21, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a numbered bib. This was Switzer’s 40th marathon.
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Ready to go! Bib #10012, found my name on the wall at the @nycmarathon pavilion. Thank you @nyrr @teamforkids . See you Sunday.
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Sam Ryan, 48, 4:49:51, an award-winning sportscaster with MLB Network.
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Celebrating 6 years the only new way we know how. 🏃🏻♀️❤️🏃🏻#StatenIslandHalf #HuffPow #champagneearned #DayWon #TeamForKids #NYRR
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Candice Huffine, 33, 5:43:03, model, fashion designer, and founder of Project Start. View this post on Instagram
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Carole Radziwill, 54, 6:42:06, journalist, author, and The Real Housewives of New York City star. This was Radziwill’s first marathon.
The New York City Marathon, held every year on the first Sunday of November, has grown to be the biggest and most popular marathon. It’s no surprise then that the annual event, which took place yesterday, draws quite an impressive crowd of runners. And while a handful of celebrities took to the city streets in their best running shoes (and sportswear attire) to tackle all 26.2 miles of the race, it was 25-year-old model Karlie Kloss who we immediately zeroed in on.
The NYC race marks the model’s first time running in a marathon (congrats, Karlie!). And we know there is one question on everyone’s mind: What exactly does a model wear to run in a race as big as this one? Well, in Karlie’s case, she made her marathon debut in a head-to-toe Adidas by Stella McCartney look: a pair of shorts over some very chic leggings, a long-sleeve running shirt, and silver metallic sneakers completed her fashion-girl running uniform. We can’t wait to see what she wears for her next race!
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When you commit to a huge goal like running a marathon, it’s no secret that you’ll be spending a ton of time pounding the pavement. But, most running pros agree there’s actually another (equally) important key to marathon training success: recovery. Even supermodel and first-time marathon runner Karlie Kloss (who finished this weekend’s New York City race) can attest to the benefits of a solid post-workout routine.
With Kloss’ demanding work schedule and jet-set lifestyle, you’d think that she would’ve had to put recovery on the back burner, but the star has been just as serious about her foam roller as she was about logging those miles. So, how exactly did Kloss recover after her tough training sessions leading up to the NYC Marathon?
To start, the supermodel takes hydration very seriously. “Lots of water! Before and after every workout, I make sure to drink a ton of water and refuel my body with a protein shake and plenty of nutrients,” she says.
“I also make sure to take the time to stretch, use a foam roller on my legs to work out any muscle cramps or tension, and ice immediately after running to help my body recover,” Kloss says. “These steps go a long way in preventing injuries and reducing how sore my muscles feel the next day.”
“If you told me just five years ago that I would be running a marathon, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
But don’t think that Kloss’ recovery regimen stops at stretching and smoothies. As you may expect from a super-glam celeb, Kloss turns to more luxe practices as well. “I’ve also discovered the wonders of lymphatic massages, float sessions, and infrared sauna sessions for added recovery,” she says.
Besides the obvious physical challenge, according to Kloss, she learned a lot more about herself besides how many miles she can log in a day. “Training for the marathon has taught me that our minds and bodies are capable of most challenges we put in front of ourselves. If you told me just five years ago that I would be running a marathon, I wouldn’t have believed you. But throughout this journey, I’ve learned more and more about myself and what I can accomplish, both physically and mentally.”
If you are one of the 9.3 million viewers who tuned into the Victoria’s Secret Show last month, chances are you couldn’t help wondering exactly how Karlie Kloss—whose 6’1” frame has never looked longer, leaner, or stronger—prepped for the runway.
According to the model, fitness has been a way of life since her teenage years. “Growing up, I played every sport in the book—basketball, soccer, swim team,” says Kloss, who also practiced classical ballet, which she credits for helping her to “develop self-awareness about my body” and, later, giving her a sense of confidence when on the runway. Still, it wasn’t until a few years back, while prepping for one of her first Victoria’s Secret shows, that she met the man she credits with her most recent physical transformation: New York City trainer Justin Gelband. “I had a total girl crush onCandice and Miranda ,” recalls Kloss with a laugh on being introduced to Gelband, who was working with a number of her fellow Angels. “I said, ‘Whatever they’re doing, I want to do it too.’”
In the nearly three years since she began meeting with him for regular sweat sessions at his modelFIT studio (co-founded by partner Vanessa Packer) in Nolita, “My body has really changed,” says Kloss, who credits Gelband’s laser-focused training technique, which uses slow, controlled movements to build long, lean muscle, as well as his regimen’s adaptability when on the road. “If I travel for work, I have a set of resistance bands, a pair of ankle weights, and my Nike tennis shoes in my bag. That’s it,” says Kloss, who sticks to a circuit of mini workouts that are as easy to do in a hotel room in Shanghai as they are at the gym in Paris. “I like the idea that you don’t need a ton of equipment, that working out can be as simple as using your own body weight and a water bottle.”
That’s why, in honor of the New Year ahead, Kloss is debuting a series of anytime, anywhere workouts created by Gelband on Vogue.com this week. Each one is designed to target a single body part, whether your goal is sculpted arms or a rock-solid core.
Up first? A simple yet effective leg series designed to transform the inner and outer thigh, hamstring, and the “thut”—the unofficial word used to describe those tiny muscles at the top of the thigh, just under the butt. Combining Gelband’s trademark lifts, lunges, and modified squats with signature moves drawn from the 50-minute modelFIT group classes offered at his Bowery studio, they’ll lift and tighten from hip to toe, rather than bulking up.
Here’s to a stronger, healthier body in the year ahead!
Karlie Kloss Workout
Sure, Karlie Kloss has genetics to thank. But if she sat around consuming her weight in potatoes, her life may not have involved angel wings. #letsbefrank.
One babe she has to thank is Vanessa Packer. She’s one of the founders of modelFIT: a shhhhhnazzy workout space in the US who trains babes like Taylor Swift and Chrissy Teigen.
She knows fitness ain’t for everyone. (I do, too. That’s why I also came up with 5 non-workout-workouts for sluggish babes). So here we are, trying to convince you in rain, hail or that time of the month to get off the couch. Over to you, Vanessa:
“Being active is not only great physically for you, it nurtures your body from the inside out. Fitness and exercise will truly help you achieve a mindful, holistic approach to life. You’ll feel ten times better mentally, emotionally, and spiritually if you establish and implement an active, yet realistic fitness routine into your life.
True wellness is rooted in balance, and at its core, modelFIT stands for “the model of fitness”. modelFIT instructors leverage a variety of engaging and playful workouts while supporting each individual student to achieve a sense of increased physical capacity and control that reinforces physical and emotional command. modelFIT believes that everybody matters and every body matters.
Always remember, don’t try to change your entire body overnight. Instead, take small steps towards a healthier life each day, and focus on making little changes that eventually lead to a sustained, meaningful lifestyle change. When you’re in touch with your body, you intuitively know what works for you.
- #letsbefrank, there are some days you don’t want to work out. What sort of workouts do you recommend for those days? Like that time of the month?
- You’re lacking energy to workout, what foods do you like to get more energy?
- How important is stretching? What are some key stretches you need to do before & after working out?
- If my babes want to wear makeup while working out, what do you recommend they put on their face?
#letsbefrank, there are some days you don’t want to work out. What sort of workouts do you recommend for those days? Like that time of the month?
I love a light arm series using two or three pound weights, using low weight and high reps to really tone and tighten the smaller arm muscles like the triceps.
For legs, a mat series using resistance bands or ankle weights will do the trick when you don’t necessarily feel like working out.
Ankle weights are ingenious because they’re portable and low impact, but offer big payoffs when used consistently. You can easily tone your bum, inner thighs, hamstrings, and all of the other leg areas women typically want to focus on using just a mat, your own body weight, and a light pair of ankle weights or light resistance bands.
You’re lacking energy to workout, what foods do you like to get more energy?
In addition to founding modelFIT, I’m also a certified holistic nutritionist, and I can attest that fitness and nutrition absolutely go hand in hand. I like to start my own day with warm water with lemon (you can even add tumeric and cayenne to wake up the digestive system and get a boost of morning energy), and I stay hydrated throughout the day with lots of water and even raw coconut water. For breakfast, I love green juices, smoothies, acai bowls, or fresh fruit. I like to start my day on the lighter side. Raw salads always, and usually simply prepared fish or a grain bowl with a bunch of veggies; sometimes raw vegetable noodles. For dinner, I always have a big, leafy green salad followed by a protein and veggies, or a grain bowl with veggies.
How important is stretching? What are some key stretches you need to do before & after working out?
Stretching is so important and more often times than not, an unfortunately overlooked component to fitness! It’s crucial to lightly stretch before your workout to avoid injury, and to stretch more deeply after to lengthen muscles and help speed up the muscle recovery process. I love this foam roller to really hone in on certain areas that might be sorer than others, and using a roller overall helps flush out the lymphatic system.
If my babes want to wear makeup while working out, what do you recommend they put on their face?
Natural beauty is always my default approach, both in and outside of the studio. While I recommend being bare face while working out, some natural beauty brands have some amazing products that wear effortlessly and contain ingredients that are good for your skin. I love Aveda’s Chakra Balancing Body Mists to feel more aligned internally – I spray one on each morning to start my day, frank body’s lip balm for a nice gloss (I even like putting a little on my eye lids for a dewy, but natural sheen) and RMS Beauty has the best highlighter. In terms of labels and ingredients, try to avoid synthetics, chemicals and try to use organic ingredients as much as possible. A good rule of thumb is, when in doubt, you should be able to pronounce and know what the beauty ingredients are that you’re putting on your face and body.”
Now don’t undo all that good with a post-workout-breakout. Read my tips on how to keep that gym mat smell (and breakout causing bacteria) at the gym – where it belongs. Right alongside that pile of smelly boxing gloves.
Is your diet a tad smelly, too? I’ll clean it up with my frank guide to clean eating.
See, I can think clean…
I’m wearing beat up Supergas and a stained mens sweater right now, but beneath that, there’s a secret beast inside of me. An absurdly “basic,” girly beast who eats Brussels sprouts at Sunday brunches and who will gladly cough up more than $30 for an exercise class (as long as it’s, like, totes amazing). The latter’s exactly what I did when modelFIT—a new gym from celebrity trainer Justin Gelband—opened so close to my New York City apartment I couldn’t resist trying its $40 group classes.
I thought modelFIT’s offerings would be intense, because Gelband is famous for training Victoria’s Secret Angels, and we all know they work out HARD. (Some of my colleagues have even seen it firsthand.) But when I started taking classes there, I found many of them were way, way easier than the Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle sessions I was used to. I was confused. Do the Karlie Klosses and Candice Swanepoels of the world only have to work out like this to look like THAT? I mean, obviously they’ve largely got the body that’s so often strived for in women’s exercise classes— “long and lean,” the holy grail—due to genetics. But they’re also ridiculously toned, so this stuff must work somehow, right? After my first session, I wasn’t so sure.
During my first “Sculpt” class in modelFIT’s sleek, glossy studio, I was told to “slow downnnnn” with my movements so often it felt like my first driving lesson as a 16-year-old. And it was off-putting: I was so indoctrinated with the idea of high intensity interval training that I just wanted to GO GO GO at everything—at all those leg raises, crunches, and arm lifts that make up the bulk of the class. The friend I brought felt the same way: We were both used to measuring the success/failure of a class on a sweat barometer, and her fresh blowout was barely damp afterward. At dinner, over Shiraz and kale salads (I’m basic, remember?), we talked about how we weren’t sure it was gonna be that effective.
Then the day two soreness hit, and it cut deeeeeep. I returned to modelFIT with a new outlook, and asked its co-founders, Vanessa Packer and Justin Gelband, how exactly my body generated so little sweat but so, so much soreness. Packer laughed, because apparently I had just figured out the modelFIT “philosophy.” It’s all about doing those “small movements at a slow pace,” she said, for “mindful exercise that tones and strengthens your entire body.” And sneakily, at that. I mean, I know less cardio-heavy classes are nothing new, that there are women that love barre, ballet, and Pilates. But could that sort of workout, which modelFIT seemed to be mostly, deliver the sort of definition and toning seen on the Victoria’s Secret runway? Could it really be that effective?
Vanessa Packer, cofounder of modelFIT
Packer said it was training with Gelband’s method years ago that leaned her out and sculpted her own muscles more than anything else she did, so I decided to commit to it, too. For the next few weeks, I did the unthinkable: I completely kicked my usual spinning class habit and did modelFIT’s Boxing, Sculpt, and Combo classes instead, to see if I could really notice the effects from doing the modelFIT workouts alone. To see how Karlie Kloss—who loves the “Pilates-type strength training, isolating certain muscle groups and using rubber bands to strengthen legs and arms”—does it.
Over the next few weeks, I switched my four to five times per week SoulCycle habit to a three to four times per week modelFIT one. I was in good shape already, and yet I still leaned out from switching off spinning and over to modelFIT classes (even though I was working out less times per week!) for two reasons:
Part of it was the mental effect, I realize. When I thought I was doing a lighter, possible-to-do-while-hungover workout, not a “I want to die every minute even though I’m fully hydrated and healthy” cardio class, I didn’t feel quite as tempted to reward myself by overeating the rest of the day. I ate better, but not consciously. It just sort of happened when I no longer felt like I was Angelina Jolie training for Tomb Raider.
Photo: Karlie Kloss at modelFIT
But the bigger part, I’m sure, was the method. I could actually start to see a faint shadow in that column of my torso around my abs. My waist was being “whittled,” like Karlie. Gelband explains it as a direct benefit of the slow pace of his classes, saying that focusing on proper form lets women really “get the motions and the movements down and feel the small muscles working,” exercising those “muscles as the workout intends.”
While concentrating on getting all that right, Packer adds, the “slow, controlled, focused moments really get your heart racing” without you even knowing. It’s sneaky cardio, and it’s pretty brilliant. That’s the genius part: modelFIT will give a girl a good workout without even fully realizing how good it is—and without ruining her blowout. What could a basic babe like me, Karlie Kloss, or Karlie’s new BFF Taylor Swift—who was seen leaving the gym last week—appreciate more than that?
Maybe more modelFIT studios nationwide, I suppose. (In the meantime, those outside of NYC can always watch Gelband’s method from home via YouTube.)
modelFIT, 212 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012; modelfit.com