Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE writer-reporter
Level of Difficulty: 10/10
When I think Kim Kardashian West, selfies, NSFW emoticons and flawless contouring immediately come to mind. But the list quickly grew when I realized how much of a badass the reality star-turned-business mogul truly is — particularly when it comes to fitness.
Last week, Kim shared a pic on Snapchat that really piqued my interest and ultimately inspired my decision to emulate the star … for a little over an hour. “Running 4 miles, planks, push-ups, 1000 jump ropes & abs,” she wrote over a photo of exercise gear that included a jump rope, a Pilates mat, portable pushup handles and a BOSU ball.
I’ll be honest, guys. When I first read exactly what Kim does at the gym, I was equal parts impressed and mortified. I don’t think I’ve EVER jumped rope for longer than two minutes and I despise running with a passion. This doesn’t mean I loathe working out; I’m always willing to try out any fitness class that claims to zone in on my butt, arms and abs. Regardless, coming across Kim’s workout to-do list came at the perfect time — right when my morning workout routine was beginning to feel a bit stale.
As I’m new to running, I decided to download the free Runkeeper app, which documents number of miles ran/walked, the length it takes to complete said distance as well as calories burned during each sesh. I convinced myself I was dying at one point, but then realized I had forgotten to breathe because I was so focused on not tripping over uneven sidewalks. It took me 49 minutes to run/jog/walk 4.12 miles. I was ready to give up by the end of the second mile, but I kept on going because WWKD? (What Would Kim Do?)After completing the run, I went ahead and did two sets of two-minute planks and 50 almost-pushups, which included triceps pushups. I was drenched in sweat and thought it was all over until I looked at Kim’s Snap to see that I still needed to work on “abs” and do 1,000 jump ropes. I didn’t have much to go off when it came to ab work since Kim didn’t specify her go-to move, so I went ahead and did 20 leg raises to target my lower abs, followed by 20 crunches to target my upper abs. I was feeling better … mostly because I wasn’t running.
I drank half a bottle of water before going forward with the last exercise on the Kim-approved list of exercises. I reluctantly picked up my red jump rope, headed outside and started jumping. Fast. “Okay, I can’t do this,” I said out loud in between heavy breaths. I had made it to the first 100 before starting to feel a little nauseous, so I abruptly stopped, making a promise to walk it off before doing 100 more. So I did. And then decided I wouldn’t be able to reach 1,000 jump ropes. You win again, Kim.
I felt so miserable (in a good way — is that possible?) throughout the workout, but felt totally accomplished right after. Would I do this again? I don’t think I’d be able to do it every single day, but one hour of torture (and the inevitable foot blisters and all-body soreness that comes along with it) per week for stronger legs and a toned tummy is definitely tempting. I did come away with one very important realization: Kim Kardashian West really is a badass and has totally just become my fitness inspiration. Who would have known?