Every single thing we know about how Kourtney Kardashian stays in shape

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Photo credit: Kourtney Kardashian - Instagram
Photo credit: Kourtney Kardashian - Instagram

When it comes to fitness and anything associated with the fascinating and, let's face it, at times ~bizarre~ world of wellness, Kourtney Kardashian is right up there. The reality star is known for her love of maintaining optimal health (even setting up Goop-rivalling site, Poosh), getting a sweat on and eating a nutritious diet – and let's be honest, she's in great shape because of it!

However, that's not to say everything Kourt does should be taken as gospel (she once confessed to hanging upside-down for 20 minutes a day during her teen years, in an attempt to grow longer hair and let's not forget the *flat tummy shakes* era). Plus, of course there's no such thing as a 'one size fits all' approach when it comes to health. That said, it can still be interesting to learn more about how other people (celebrities included) exercise and incorporate more of the good stuff into their diets. 

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It's also important to stress that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and creeds - this article isn't to say WE MUST ALL LOOK LIKE KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN NAKED, but is rather just a little nosey into a celebrity's lifestyle that you can cherry pick bits from, should any of it spark your interest.

So, with that in mind, and while in search of general get-up-and-go inspiration, we set out to uncover as much as we could about how Kourtney Kardashian moves her body, the diet she follows and any cool tricks she's shared about fitness along the way...

What is Kourtney Kardashian's workout regime?

She hits the gym... hard

Having previously once said she'd work out every day if she could, Kourt averages around six sessions a week (however, it's important to note, that rest days are vital for recovery and avoiding injury - so depending on what those workouts involve, you could run the risk of overdoing it if you tried the same!). 

While in the gym, Kourtney tends to favour HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training), often led by PTs Don Brooks (AKA Don-A-Matrix) or Amanda Lee, the latter of whom told ELLE that Kourtney's workout routines are "mostly geared towards toning, lifting, tightening and fat-burning, even though that's not a main goal." She's also a fan of getting stuck into some intense treadmill workouts too, on days that she's wanting to accommodate more cardio into her routine.

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A typical HIIT circuit devised by Lee consists of plenty of jumping squats into jumping lunges, burpees, work with resistance bands, mountain climbers into push-ups and, we'd hazard a guess, a whole lot of sweat. 

Watch: HIIT training 101

When training with Brooks, who devised the Matrix Method, Kourt's workouts are split into quarters (like an NFL match), with each quarter honing in on a different area of the body and focussing on two separate moves. The aim is to complete each move 20 times to finish a move 'cycle', with each 'cycle' being repeated three times to officially master the quarter. Sisters Khloe and Kim are also fans of this muscle-building approach.

Pilates

Often joined by her Poosh co-founder, Sarah Howard, Kourtney is known for regularly posting about her reformer Pilates sessions – sometimes saying she'll even do two sessions a day. She even has a somewhat scary-looking home machine to practice on, which no doubt makes it easier to fit them in.

Although it looks like (and can be) a challenging workout, reformer Pilates is also an excellent option for those looking to improve their posture or slowly ease their way back in to working out following an injury. It's also a brilliant way to tone up the entire body.

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The great outdoors

As well as getting in those regular training sessions (note: pretty much always with a workout buddy for motivation), Kourtney generally keeps up an active lifestyle by taking long hikes in the Californian hills, swimming and running around in her gigantic garden after her three children. 

What is Kourtney Kardashian's diet like?

Gluten-free and organic 

Fans of KUWTK will know that Kourtney is often teased by her sisters for her largely gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, organic diet. She's very anti-artificial produce and encourages her three children, Mason, Penelope and Reign to eat similarly (bar the odd treat). While going gluten-free when you don't have coeliac disease has become somewhat of a meme these days, Kourtney says it works for her. So who are we to judge? 

On the subject of being gluten-free, Kourt admits that's a little tougher than forgoing dairy, but says she's found bakeries that make alternative chocolate cookies and cakes, so she doesn't feel totally deprived.

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Back in the pre-Poosh days where she had her own app, the mother-of-three revealed that she typically has an avocado pudding or a banana spinach shake for breakfast, and that lunch and dinner would often be crudités with hummus and a gluten-free rice tortilla with turkey meat, or one of the Kardashian's now infamous gigantic salads. 

As for snacks? It's said that she sticks to fruit and veg or hunts out all-natural sweets, but during a trip to Disneyland or the cinema, she'll have popcorn or churros. "Yes, indulging every once in a while is self-care," Kourt also wrote on Poosh. "Whether you follow a strict diet or not, we all deserve days off. No guilt and no boundaries."

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Keto 

In the past, Kourtney has also championed dabbling with a Ketogenic diet (which some say is helpful for those with PCOS, with weight loss and for reducing inflammation). For the reality star, however, she says Keto was recommended to her by a doctor so that she could have a 'metal detox' (who knew that was a thing?) and to feel her best before summer.

Writing on Poosh, she said, "[My doctor] tested my muscles and found that I had high levels of mercury and lead in my system... My body never looked better than when I did the Keto diet two and half years ago, when I did it for two months [and] in my experience, it's the best method to train my body to curb sugar cravings, burn fat and kick-start weight loss."
Watch: The keto diet explained

Photo credit: Kourtney Kardashian - Instagram
Photo credit: Kourtney Kardashian - Instagram

While on Keto, Kourt says she eats little to no carbs, no grains, beans, or legumes, and focuses on high fat and protein-heavy foods. A typical day for her would involve an avocado smoothie for breakfast (complete with MCT oil, bone broth powder, and blue-green algae), lunch would be a protein-based salad (e.g. turkey with mixed greens, cheese and egg whites) and dinner would be chicken or salmon, plus cauliflower or broccoli rice. Snacks would be limited to green tea, or nuts.

However, not everybody is a fan of the Keto diet. For insance, when speaking to Cosmopolitan previously, PT Max Bridger said he doesn’t recommend it at all: "It isn’t something we think is ideal for health, fat loss or muscle gain goals. It’s unsustainable; it’s not compatible with normal life, especially when you consider things like family, friendship and professional circles, which all make it very difficult."

Bridger added, "In theory, eating this way causes the body to become more efficient at burning stored body fat and you lose weight quickly, but in reality ketosis is unachievable for many people – even on a true ketogenic diet – due to their genetics."

Collagen 

In another Poosh blog post, Kourtney said she starts her day by drinking collagen powder mixed with water (something we all know Jennifer Aniston is a big advocate of too) on an empty stomach. "Collagen helps me feel full and balances insulin levels, which can help avoid sugar crashes," says Kourtney. "It also helps my body recover more quickly from my intense workouts by supporting my bones and joints."

So there you have it - a snippet into life à la Kourtney. Anyone else feeling motivated to go and beast a HIIT class now? See you soon, endorphins. 

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