The two duked it out in the gym together, but it was Graham who bested the pro skier.

By Arielle Tschinkel
October 03, 2019
Credit: Kevin Mazur/Contributor/Getty Images for TIME

Ashley Graham consistently crushes it in the gym, and pregnancy hasn't slowed her down one bit. The body-positive supermodel continues to serve up serious fitspo as she awaits the arrival of her first child, posting evidence of her intense workouts on Instagram.

Turns out, Graham can even crush a pro athlete in the gym. The mama-to-be recently joined forces with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn in a workout session with trainer Kira Stokes.

The two battled it out in a series of exercises, with Graham "beating" Vonn when they went head-to-head on SkiErg machines. (Related: Ashley Graham Wants You to Have an "Ugly Butt" When You Work Out)

"That's right, I beat Lindsey Vonn on the SkiErg TWICE," Graham jokingly boasted on her Instagram Stories. "But she still beat me at literally everything else. You're still the pro athlete, Lindsey!" (Related: Lindsey Vonn Gets a Gold Medal for Her Active Recovery Game)

In her own post, Vonn confirmed that Graham crushed her: "Yes it's true, I got beat by an amazingly fit, very pregnant and incredibly beautiful supermodel in the gym," Vonn wrote. "You're a stud @ashleygraham !!"

Though Vonn emerged a champion in some of the other exercises she and Graham did—including agility ladder drills, goblet squats, glute kickbacks, and more—it was on the Concept2 SkiErg machine where Graham really shined.

The SkiErg, designed for both cardio and conditioning, offers a killer full-body workout, says Chris Cooper, a New York-based certified personal trainer. "It's similar to a rowing machine, except this mimics more of a 'ski' movement," he explains.

"The object of the exercise is to drive the cables downward to mimic the upper-body action of pushing off with ski poles," adds Rocky Snyder, C.S.C.S., a Santa Cruz-based strength coach. "Some of the major muscles involved with producing the force required are the triceps, lats, and hip flexors."

The workout also calls upon your core, glutes, and hamstrings to help "drive" down through the movement, says Alex Tauberg, D.C., C.S.C.S., a Pittsburgh-based chiropractor and strength coach.

If you're looking for a fun way to switch up your cardio routine at the gym, Snyder says the SkiErg is a great option. "Most cardio is very biased toward the lower body (including workouts like cycling, the elliptical, and the treadmill)," he explains. "This exercise focuses more attention on developing strength and endurance throughout the upper body." (Related: Watch Ashley Graham Prove That Cardio Doesn't Have to Suck)

While Graham may have champed Vonn on the SkiErg, Stokes was totally right when she wrote on Instagram that both ladies "deserve a gold medal for [their] stellar session."

Comments (1)

August 14, 2020
I'm a guy but I appreciate the dedication of these 2 tough broads. I train on concept 2 Rower & Ski Erg. Ashley, at the end of your ski please don't let the ski handles slam back to the top of the pillar arms. It's hard on the machine creates problems down the road. Always treat equipment like you own it. I recently sold my Concept 2 model B rower which was 30 years old. I replaced/ upgraded parts over the years and kept it in 1st class working order. Purchased for appx. $800 and sold it for $325. Anyway, great job and keep stroking!