The Bachelor's Brooke Reveals Her Eating And Exercise Habits

The Eating And Exercise Habits Behind The Bachelor Star Brooke’s Incredible Body

by | Aug 27, 2020

As soon as Brooke Blurton stepped out of the limo, balls in hand, it was clear she was a front runner in the competition for Nick Cummins, AKA the honey badger’s, heart. The youth worker and fitness fanatic from Perth, Western Australia had an instant connection (and clear common interests) with the rugby star, but it wasn’t just the pair’s instant chemistry that we couldn’t tear our eyes away from. 

Brooke had some serious abs on show.

We spoke to the F45-devotee – who is now starring on The Bachelor in Paradise – about her go-to workout, passion for sport and how she kept her cool in the Bach pad. 

You’re obviously super devoted to health and fitness, what does a week of training look like for you?

Devoted definitely. So Monday afternoon is either a rest day or if I’m up to it, a heavier legs weights session. I like to start my heavier sessions at the start of the week to allow for recovery before weekend games.

Tues/Thurs are rugby union training and Wed/Fri are AFL training. Then Saturday is usually a rugby game and AFL game is Sunday. My week is always jam packed but I like it like that. Keeps me on my toes… maybe that’s why I was single for so long…

What’s your least favourite workout or exercise?

I don’t really have one. I enjoy cardio, have always enjoyed running as a kid and I love weights because I love seeing my strength improve… If I were really to pick one, it would be core exercises. But I know how beneficial it is!

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What’s the best health or fitness tip anyone has ever given you?

“Your mind will give up before your body does.”

What sparked your interest in team sport and why is it so important to you?

Team sport is just in built in me. I’ve played team sport since I can remember, starting from netball, I did a bit of athletics, AFL, basketball and now rugby.. I love the team, community aspect. Over time your team becomes like a family, so I love the fact when I’m going down to training, I get to see the team, and the girls every week, getting to catch up and then hitting the track.

What does your day on a plate look like?

Brekky — I would definitely start with a coffee and some eggs. I like to keep it clean and simple, for me with my lifestyle, simple and easy is life. Lunch is usually what I had for dinner the previous night. Living independently… you learn to make that one extra so you can use for the next day. I’m pretty big on meal prep, if I get the chance to do on a Sunday after footy.

Many girls have spoken about how hard it is to stay healthy in the house, how did you find your eating and exercise habits change?

I actually found being in the mansion a bit of a break from my lifestyle out of the house. Sometimes you need to be a little bit generous to yourself and I tried not to put high expectations on myself because for me that just creates more anxiety in yourself. I did exercise when I could and always did when I felt like my body needed those happy endorphins pumping. Eating habits, I was pretty good, a treat here or two is fine though I’ve always had a pretty good relationship with food and what my body does and doesn’t need. It’s about discipline. I guess the hardest thing for me was that I lost heaps of muscle..  but being back home I was straight back into the grind.

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You and Nick obviously share a love of sport, is that a relationship essential for you?

It’s not too essential because I’ve realised through previous relationships, I need a lot more internal attributes than a physical ability. I want someone with compassion and empathy towards others, though motivation is definitely attractive in a person for me… to be on my level or to even keep up with me, you would need to tick those 4 boxes minimum. 

Watch to see Brooke reveal why she inevitably left her season of The Bachelor…

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?