There’s no denying country star Carrie Underwood has one of the most toned bodies in the entertainment industry. The singer puts in a lot of work to maintain her enviable physique — and now she’s sharing how you can follow in her footsteps.
Along with her recently published book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life ($19.73, Amazon), Underwood just launched the Fit52 workout app to help anyone embrace a healthier lifestyle. You can sign up for $1 a week (or $52 for a full year) and get access her exercise tutorials right in the palm of your hand. But what makes it different from any of the other countless fitness apps out there? They’ve designed a way to make getting into shape as enjoyable as a game of cards.
“Every workout is different and based on the virtual playing cards you are dealt. Just like a deck of playing cards, each card features a suit that indicates a target muscle group,” the company explained in a press release shared with FIRST. All of those cards feature a video demonstrating a specific exercise (some of them shown by Underwood herself). “There are thousands of workout combinations to challenge you… It’s all luck of the draw!”
Take a look below for a peek at what you’ll find on the app:
Making fitness fun is a huge part of the inspiration behind Underwood’s program. The press release explained, “Boredom and a lack of time are two of the top reasons that people stop working out. Unlike other apps that demand an intensive commitment, fit52 alleviates boredom by offering a variety of fresh workouts and personalized ‘Paths’ that align with the realities of modern-life, making it easy to fit a workout into a busy schedule. It’s simple, fun and takes the guesswork out of working out, which is why this has been Carrie’s go-to fitness routine for years!”
Underwood also opened up to Women’s Health about how she has struggled with body image and obsessing over her weight in the past. It all started with the sudden pressure she felt while competing on American Idol. A note that simply (and cruelly) read, “Carrie’s getting fat,” caused her to start seriously restricting herself from food and amp up her gym time back in 2005. It spiraled so much that, at one point, she was restricting herself to just 800 calories a day. Unsurprisingly, that often resulted in overindulging when she deprived herself too often.
“I would ‘fall off the wagon,’ then feel terrible and repeat the cycle,” Underwood admitted. “Your body is screaming out, I need more calories, I need more carbs!” Today, she’s found her “happy place” breaking her daily intake into 45 percent carbs, 40 percent fat, and 25 percent protein. “I love rules. This is how I feel good about myself and this is how I operate.” It also gives her the fuel she needs to workout, which she calls her “antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication.” If she can fit in exercise seven times a week, she will — ”because the next week, I might get two days.”
Whether you’re someone who loves working out as much as Underwood or just trying to stay in shape, her app might be what you need to unlock your healthiest self yet. In any case, we can all use some extra motivation to move around more, so why not follow one of our favorite songstresses while we do?
Fit52 is available in the Apple App Store on your device (sorry, Android users, it seems to be iPhone exclusive right now). Give it a shot and maybe crank your favorite Underwood hit tune while you break a sweat! Just imagine how many calories you can burn while jamming to “Before He Cheats.”
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