If you’re STILL not on the weight training band wagon then perhaps Kate Upton will be the one to convince you to get on board.
The 25-year-old has shared her love of lifting heavy with Shape, crediting the workout with changing her body and her mindset towards it.
"What really helped me deal with the pressure of the fashion industry and having to be a certain weight was taking myself out of that conversation completely,” she said. “Once I started focusing on being strong and doing weight training, I became the size that I needed to be for modelling. I changed the battle inside my head to be about strength and having balance in my life instead of fitting into a pair of jeans."
The model works with celeb trainer Ben Bruno (who also looks after clients like Chelsea Handler and Justin Timberlake) five days a week for around an hour each day. Bruno told Cosmopolitan that they do a strength-based circuit training program, which works her whole body as opposed to specific parts with moves like deadlifts, hip thrusts, lunges, rows, and sled pulls.
"A lot of girls are scared to do strength training because they fear that they're going to bulk up, but if you do the right stuff and focus on the right exercises, it actually helps tighten everything up,” Bruno says. “Kate has really tightened up her physique noticeably as she's gotten stronger."
Way stronger. Kate can now hip thrust up to 90 kgs, sled push 225 kgs and bear crawls with 135 kgs.
"To me, exercise is about working really hard in the gym to be healthy and feel good and confident about my body,” Kate told Shape. “Weight training helps me do that the best. Lifting heavy weights leans you out if you do it the correct way. Ben Bruno, my trainer, always makes sure I'm getting it right."