I’ve recently become a fan of Shape magazine after I started following their page on Facebook. The truth is I generally find more realistic advice given out in women’s fitness publications then the guys’ magazines. The content seems to be more spiritual and complete than the “lift more weight” ethos of the men’s publications.
So this month’s Shape cover girl is Kourtney Kardashian and she’s talking fitness, life, and how she got her pre pregnancy body back. Kourtney looks great in the pages of the magazine but I think her supposed workout routine misleads women looking to shed weight and tone up. Here’s why:
Kourtney states that she tried weight training and a Boot Camp class with her big sister Kim, but that they were boring and she didn’t like either. So she turned to running to get in shape and become more fit. She also constantly – and clearly – plugs a couple of companies that she’s obviously on the payroll with. Which is fine, if Kourtney actually believes in the product and does in fact use them. Otherwise that’s called selling out!
Now you all know I vehemently oppose running for weight loss, especially when it’s the primary or only source of exercise. I don’t like that Ms. Kardashian basically says that she doesn’t lift weights, so all she does is running for fitness. Yes, the magazine does show her doing some bodyweight leg exercises on the beach, but that’s hardly enough to stay fit and definitely not a well-rounded program. Take a look at how vastly different Padma Laksmi’s post baby exercise program was – I wrote about it in my Women And Weights posting.
Where’s the upper body strength training exercises, or the balance, stability, and core part of her routine? Sorry, but the one Swiss ball plank exercise that Kourtney demonstrates is hardly enough.
Plus she says that she rises early and runs, as “cardio is just outside her door”. But once again this is part of an incorrect thought process that leads people to think that only running and other forms of aerobic exercise are cardiovascular, which we now know is untrue. Women, just like men, need resistance training to fully achieve true fitness and health.
On the plus side I will say that Kourtney is making some sound nutrition choices. She talks about organic foods, steel cut oatmeal, vegetables, and the importance of eating healthy. Which of course is sound advice. In my opinion the most truthful and realistic statement that’s made in the entire piece is this one sentence – “she’s found the easiest way to lose and keep off the extra pounds is with a clean diet”. Hooray! No kidding. Truthfully Kourtney’s diet is the reason why she’s lost her pregnancy weight and while running may help her burn extra calories, in my opinion it’s not doing much else for her fitness, strength, or helping her long term.
My biggest issue and fear with celebrity fitness features like this is that I feel they’re misleading. And honestly I’m not sure that Kourtney really is a runner and that it plays a big part in her life or fitness regime. Ironically my fitness nemesis, Jillian Michaels was on the cover of last month’s issue, and while I disagree with her on air training tactics, Jillian gave some great advice and demonstrated exercises that I KNOW she actually does.
Keep in mind I’m not criticizing how Kourtney looks – she is beautiful and appears to be in good shape. And it’s fantastic that she’s retained her pre-baby body and rocks a bikini. You’ll hear no argument from me on those terms. But Angry Trainer Fitness was started to give people real world, complete information that they could use in their own lives to meet their health and fitness goals.
I’m afraid I’m not in agreement when a celebrity tells people that weights and classes are boring, and that running will get you fit. That I feel is truly misleading, and honestly, in my opinion, plain wrong. Women already shun weight training as they think it’ll give them big muscles and make them look manly. And I feel like this article just perpetuates the “cardio is best” philosophy, with which I disagree.
Besides, doesn’t Kourtney just need a pair or Shape Ups to get fit? Sorry – I couldn’t resist!
But what do you think? What do you make of Kourtney Kardashian and her fitness regime? Do you agree with my comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts.