Kelly Ripa Workout and Diet Tips

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Kelly Ripa

There is no doubt you've seen this girl before, sitting beside Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly .

Kelly Ripa was brought up in New Jersey during the 70's where she began acting in high school. On Live with Regis, she really won over her audiences with her spunk, spontaneity, and willingness to make fun of herself on camera.

But this beauty and mother of three always prided herself on her work ethic. With her dedication to her workouts, it's no surprise she has been listed on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list two times.

Kelly Ripa with Anderson Cooper

Kelly Ripa Workout

In 2005, Ripa really started to take her training seriously. Glowing on the cover of the TV Guide, she told the reporters:

"My body is so much better since I had kids! Running around the city every day - taking the kids to the park, pushing them in the swings - that's a life workout."

These days Kelly works with her trainer Keith Byard.

Byard understands Kelly's busy work schedule and designs her programs to be efficient. He created a program for her that lasts 45 minutes and consists of both strength and cardiovascular training.

Warm Up:

Kelly likes to use a 4lb medicine ball to get her blood pumping. She'll incorporate passes, various throws and tosses to get her warm up going. Her warm up finishes using an eight minute jump rope session to prepare for cardio training.

Cardiovascular Training:


Ripa's cardio session doesn't go longer than 20 minutes. She alternates skipping rope with 30 second jumping jacks. She begins with 20 jump rope revolutions and increases by 20 after each round of jumping jacks. She'll do this until she gets to 100 revolutions. Then she goes in reverse, reducing the number of revolutions by 20 until she's back to where she started - at 20 revolutions. She'll often repeat this circuit twice.

Strength Training:

Kelly enjoys having variety in her strength workouts. Here's a sample strength workout provided by her trainer:

First Day: Rotational Lunge, One-legged hip lift, Sit-up to stand, Push-up with rotation (T pushup)

Second Day: Bicep curls, Tricep Press, Pushups, Ab Work

With Keith's help, Kelly adds a lot of compound training into her strength workouts. For instance, with bicep curls, she will do 10 repetitions, then increase to 20 repetitions, and 25 repetitions without a break in between. With this technique she is able to increase her heart rate throughout the workout.

"You go from anaerobic to aerobic workout right away to burn a hell of a lot more calories."

Kelly Ripa Workout Video

Kelly Ripa Diet

"I lost my own baby fat when I started eating whatever fell off the high chair instead of a four-hour lunch."

That was Ripa's claim back in 2005 when she started getting serious about her health. But most of the credit goes to the family chef who turned things around for the family with home-cooked meals and healthy eating habits.

"Now my family tries to eat smaller amounts more often. I'm big on grazing."

The chef also taught Ripa the concepts of nutrition, portion control and importance of fiber.

Kelly is not perfect though. She breaks one rule most nutrition experts believe is a cardinal sin - she doesn't eat breakfast. She likes to start her day off with hot brewed coffee before and during the show. She doesn't eat her first meal until 10 in the morning. She generally sticks with a small turkey sandwich or turkey bacon BLT on whole-wheat bread. As a snack, she'll often go with a piece of fruit and almonds. Finally, for dinner she'll often have fresh vegetables with a light serving of steak.

Summary: Kelly Ripa has come to realize that it takes hard work and dedication to consistenly eat healthy. And, even with her incredibly busy schedule, she has learned to stick with her healthy eating habits.

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