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KKW’s Train­er Shares 4 Ways to Get in Shape Even If You Hate Work­ing Out

At 37 years old and hav­ing had two chil­dren (and rais­ing three), Kim Kar­dashi­an West is in the best shape of her life. We near­ly have to do a dou­ble take when she posts a new scant­i­ly clad Insta­gram post, her envi­able hour­glass fig­ure etched with mus­cu­lar def­i­n­i­tion like a Michelan­ge­lo sculp­ture. KKW’s clear­ly proud of her gains, although recent­ly a series of Insta­gram Sto­ries prais­ing her own fig­ure fell flat when the beau­ty mogul encour­aged her sis­ters to tell her how skin­ny she was, lament­ing over being 119 pounds, which, let’s be real, is a very healthy weight for her 5′3″ frame. Sis­ter Khloé also uses the word “anorex­ic” to describe Kim’s physique, a term that should nev­er be used in any oth­er con­text oth­er than for what it is—an eat­ing dis­or­der.

The back­lash that’s hit since the posts has been mas­sive, and right­ful­ly so. Kim’s clear­ly put a lot of hard work into her cur­rent body, an accom­plish­ment that’s obvi­ous with­out ill-word­ed and vapid social media posts. So let’s focus on the sci­ence behind her new bod: A healthy (and strict) diet plays a huge role, but her sinewy abs and limbs are thanks to rig­or­ous train­ing with Melis­sa Alcan­tara (bet­ter known as @fitgurlmel). After becom­ing obsessed with fit­ness fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult peri­od of depres­sion, drink­ing, and smok­ing, Alcan­tara became “obsessed with results” and not only gained impres­sive mus­cle mass but a huge fol­low­ing on Insta­gram and YouTube. This audi­ence helped her become noticed by KKW and her pro­duc­ers who reached out to the Bronx, New York–based fit­ness guru to see if she could train Kim in Cal­i­for­nia. She imme­di­ate­ly relo­cat­ed and has been train­ing Kar­dashi­an West five to six days a week.

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While we’d all love to have Fit­GurlMel in our back pock­ets to help us get into incred­i­ble shape every day, the real­i­ty isn’t so. But the train­er, who also once had to start from scratch after being out of shape, knows the key is tak­ing that first step to get start­ed. So to help you make the leap, KKW shared Alcan­tara’s best begin­ner tips on her app.

1. Pick a Date

It’s easy to say, “I’ll start tomor­row,” but tomor­row turns into the next day and then the next until you’ve lost all moti­va­tion. That’s why Alcan­tara says it’s imper­a­tive to choose a day and stick with it. To hold your­self account­able, she rec­om­mends writ­ing the date down on your cal­en­dar rather than mak­ing a men­tal note.

2. Make a Plan

Alcan­tara sug­gests that if you map out your plan of attack ahead of time, you’ll be more like­ly to fol­low it, as opposed to wing­ing it. “Whether it’s plan­ning which days of the week you’ll work out or decid­ing what work­outs you’d like to try, plan­ning ahead will help you reach your goals.” She also sug­gests using the myr­i­ad of resources avail­able to us like books, YouTube work­outs, or enlist­ing a fam­i­ly mem­ber or friend as your work­out bud­dy.

3. Work Out in the Morn­ing

We get that morn­ing work­outs are hard, but accord­ing to Alcan­tara, by sched­ul­ing your work­out as your first com­mit­ment of the day, you can ensure that that’s going to be “you” time unbri­dled by oth­er sched­ule con­flicts. Plus, you won’t get roped into hap­py hour or fall vic­tim to post-work fatigue that inhibits you from mak­ing it to the gym.

4. Work out for no one but your­self

Some­thing impor­tant to remem­ber: “At one point, every­one was a begin­ner,” says Alcan­tara. She urges you not to focus on what oth­er peo­ple may think of your work­outs, your form, or how hard you push yourself—the impor­tant thing is to focus on bet­ter­ing your­self, and that’s it.

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