Kelly Ripa credits a low-carb diet and intense circuit-training workouts for her sizzling bikini body at 44.
Ripa's trainer, Anna Kaiser of AKT In Motion, said Kelly's total-body workouts combine intense cardio exercise with plyometric and flexibility moves.
"Two days a week it will be high reps, low weight," Kaiser told Shape. "The other two days it will be high weight, low reps. All days will include both cardio and flexibility, but we’ll switch up the body parts we focus on."
Kelly is a longtime workout fanatic who also runs three to five miles several days a week and takes spinning classes. The mom of three said she needs to exercise a lot to calm her mind because she's a chronic worrier.
Ripa started training with Kaiser in 2010 to consolidate her various workouts into one session. Since then, she has developed rippling abs and toned biceps. Before training with Anna, Kelly did Physique 57, a fat-burning, body-sculpting workout that combines Pilates, ballet exercises and calisthenics.
Low-Carb Diet Keeps Her Ripped
Kelly is also extremely disciplined about what she eats. Ripa's diet focuses on organic vegetables, salads, omega-3-rich fatty fish, and limits sugar and processed foods. She's not vegetarian but calls herself a "vegetarian who occasionally eats sushi."
Ripa tries to follow a sugar-free diet, saying eliminating sugar gave her more energy and less brain fog. Weight-loss expert Dr. Mark Hyman agrees. "Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine,” said Dr. Hyman, author of The 10-Day Detox Diet. "And worse, sugar actually causes diabetes and obesity.”
Kaiser said the No. 1 secret for getting Ripa's amazing abs isn't through crunches, but by losing belly fat, which you control primarily through a clean diet and an active lifestyle.
Anna said the best thing about working out with Kelly is her incredible discipline and motivation. "She’s so driven, present, excited, and focused," said Kaiser. "It’s really every trainer’s dream for their client to want it as badly as you want it for them, and she really puts in the work."