Kate Upton Is So Committed to Her Workouts, Her Trainer Says She's "Officially a Meathead"

The model's trainer, Ben Bruno, says Upton has only taken six days off over the past eight weeks.

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Kate Upton has been working out with her trainer Ben Bruno for the past five years. During that time, she's gained confidence through her workout routine and developed a deep appreciation for lifting heavy. Now, even though she can't see Bruno in person (because, COVID), the supermodel hasn't slacked on her workouts. In fact, a new Instagram post from Bruno suggests Upton has been so devoted to her workout routine lately, she's only taken six days off from working out over the past eight weeks.

In his post, Bruno said the young mom has been crushing her workouts, sharing he couldn't be prouder of her hard work. (Reminder: It's totally fine if you want to cool it on high-intensity workouts during the COVID crisis.)

"Kate and I are on opposite sides of the country, but we've been training remotely through FaceTime and she's trained 52 out of the last 58 days from her living room," Bruno wrote alongside a video of Upton working out at home. "She has three kettlebells, a band, and a stability ball—that's it—but we've managed to do 52 great workouts and keep getting stronger and more fit."

The video, which is just a snippet of their whole workout, shows Upton doing 11 reverse goblet lunges, per leg, with a 53-pound kettlebell. "That's some real work," Bruno continued in his post. "There are no secrets or quick fixes when it comes to getting in shape; hard work and consistency is the name of the game."

Given the lack of fitness equipment Upton has at home, Bruno explained that they've had to work with what they've got. "We've done our best to replicate our gym workouts at home and used progressive overload to keep getting stronger," he wrote.

ICYDK, progressive overload refers to a systematic increase in the difficulty of your workouts, achieved by increasing volume, intensity, or resistance to help you get stronger. "Essentially the workouts get progressively harder over time," Bruno tells Shape.

FYI: Progressive overload doesn't mean you must go up in weight or reps every single workout, continues Bruno. On days when you're not feeling your best, you don't *need* to bump up the difficulty of your workout just for the sake of doing so. "In those cases, we might even go down [in weight or reps]," he says. "We also never go up too fast. No matter the circumstance, I would never increase the weight [or reps] by more than 10 percent." (BTW, progressive overload is a great way to build bigger, stronger glutes that has nothing to do with squats.)

It was through this systematic progression that Upton graduated to lunging with a weight that she once could only deadlift with, says Bruno. Lunges are comparatively much harder than deadlifts, he explains. But reverse goblet lunges tend to be even more challenging than regular reverse lunges, adds Bruno.

"While lunges primarily target glutes and thighs, adding weight in a goblet hold also significantly challenges the upper body and core," he explains. (

Looking to incorporate the move into your own workout routine? Bruno suggests starting with 2 sets of 10 reps with a challenging weight and building from there. "Someone like Kate can do 4-5 sets at a time," but that's not exactly feasible for everyone, he says. (

"While Kate is very proud of her strength and I'm proud of her effort, it's important to remember that we've trained together for years, so it's taken her a lot of time to build to that level," explains Bruno. "The reason why people are impressed by her workouts is that she didn't get there overnight. A lot of work went into it." (

Physical strength aside, it's Upton's mentality that's gotten her to where she is today, Bruno wrote on Instagram. "I love her attitude about training," he shared in his post. "Whenever I give her the option to keep the weight the same or go up, she always chooses to go up and says, 'Let's see what happens but I think I can do it.' When you have that attitude and show up regularly, good things happen. I've told her that based on how hard she trains and the weights she can lift now, she's officially a meathead."

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