- I worked out like Lady Gaga for a week and found her exercise routine to be both gruelling and rewarding.
- The routine included a day of yoga and a day of boxing.
- To replicate the star’s workouts, I also spent a lot of time focusing on my abs.
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Pop star Lady Gaga follows a workout routine focused on boxing, yoga, and plenty of ab exercises to keep her in performance shape.
And although I don’t personally deal with chronic pain, I decided to put some of Gaga’s workouts to the test for one week. Here’s how it went.
Note: Keep in mind that just because a certain routine works for a celebrity doesn’t mean it will work for you (or me).
Day one: I felt relaxed after a yoga class
Inspired by Gaga’s consistent yoga content on Instagram, I started the challenge off with an hour and a half of yoga.
I accidentally signed up for the 90-minute sweat session at a local yoga studio, which after an eight-hour day in the office was the last thing I wanted to do. But I powered through the intense, and ultimately relaxing, class.
I finished the first day off with a shot of complementary golden milk – milk mixed with turmeric – at the yoga studio before making my way home.
With day one complete, I felt refreshed and invigorated.
Day two: I focused on my abs
It was time to hone in on one of Gaga’s trusted workouts, according to Shape magazine: Her four-step ab circuit. The star’s typical ab-focused workout includes six sets of 20 bicycle crunches, 16 full-ab rotations, two sets of 25 reverse crunches, and an unspecified number of dumbbell side bends.
It was my first time doing an ab workout in a while, so I watched a few YouTube videos to make sure my form was correct. I quickly learned that the ab rotations, also known as the sitting Russian twists, should be performed with a straight back to prevent injury.
After a few tiring bicycle sets, I found that keeping my back straight for the seated ab work was harder than I expected. I accidentally rounded my back and paid for it in achiness the next day. I could not sit at my desk and had to stand for several hours to ease the pain.
Day three: My abs were on fire
Unlike with the Ariana Grande workout I did last year, Gaga’s ab workout didn’t seem to get easier with time. I was hoping I could finish her routine within 20 minutes but the 120 bicycle reps were seriously slowing me down.
I was also hesitant to rush through the workout and risk hurting myself. I’m not a paragon of physical fitness, so working out was exhausting and I took longer breaks between sets than I should have.
Thankfully, although my abs were burning, I had Netflix on in the background to support my five-minute workout intermissions.
As a side note, one of the biggest mistakes people make when doing dumbbell side bends is using weights that are too heavy, so I used the smallest dumbbells available at my gym, which were 5 pounds.
Day four: I took a much-needed rest
My abs weren’t quite cooperating on Friday night, so I considered walking around Brooklyn in near-freezing temperatures instead.
Lady Gaga supposedly does at least 35 minutes of strength training each day, but I instead opted to spend nearly an hour going on a walk. After two miles of blistering-cold wind freezing my unprotected face, I called it a night and vowed to make up for my laziness the next day.
Day five: I followed one of Gaga’s full-fledged workout routines
Unlike other days this week where I primarily focused on Gaga’s ab routine, on day five, I opted for a full-body workout, which included Gaga’s ab routine and plenty of cardio.
I spent a few minutes stretching before hopping on the treadmill to do some cardio. At first, I started out jogging at a speed of 4 mph and an incline of three, but quickly realised I was out of running shape and switched to an intense power walk.
I switched the speed down to 3.2 mph, eventually increasing to 3.4 mph, and bumped the incline to nine, eventually increasing to 10. I ended up walking a mile and a half and burning nearly 230 calories before starting on my ab workouts.
I spent 30 minutes total on the treadmill with a five-minute cool-down blasting Lady Gaga tunes the whole time.
Although the ab workout continued to exhaust me, I gained a newfound appreciation for both Gaga’s impeccable abs and how much my body was able to endure despite not working out every week.
In total, I was at the gym for about an hour.
Day six: I focused on abs, abs, and more abs
I finally reached the penultimate day of the challenge, and I dedicated myself to the ab routine with more fervor than before.
As per Shape magazine, I did another round of bicycle crunches, full-ab rotations, reverse crunches, and dumbbell side bends.
Obviously, I wasn’t expecting my body to transform with only a week’s worth of workouts, but at least I could say I tried my hardest and the pain was worth it.
Day seven: I took a boxing class
In honour of this iconic photo of Gaga in her boxing gear from 2014, I decided to risk it all and attend a boxing class. As I’ve stated, I’m not very fit, so attending a high-intensity interval training class wasn’t in my realm of comfort or area of expertise.
Nevertheless, I sucked up my fears and worked hard during 10 rounds of intense bag-beating and weightlifting. During the floor portion of the workout, the class even performed several reps of the same ab workout Gaga uses, suggesting that perhaps her workout really is effective in the long run.
Although I felt awkward and was perhaps the least coordinated person in the class, I was thrilled that the trainer never once called me out. In fact, they continued to encourage me despite my utter lack of endurance and skill.
Post-workout, and in true celebrity fashion, I tested out the infrared sauna which, according to Healthline, may help relax the body and aid in workout recovery. It was about 158 degrees Fahrenheit inside the individual pod, and I really enjoyed it.
I left 30 minutes later a new, sweatier person.
Ultimately, with a few adjustments, I thought that Gaga’s workout routine was pretty attainable
With my week-long challenge officially wrapped up, it’s safe to say Gaga’s ab and cardio routine is an easy one to implement for people on even the busiest schedules – so long as you adapt it a bit.
It took a little while to get used to actively engaging my core and perfecting the appropriate techniques, but once I got the hang of the workout, it was effective and actually refreshing to do after a long day at work.
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