Health & Beauty
I Was a Beauty Queen for a Day
Think beauty pageants are all fluff and glitter? We went behind the scenes to find out how Miss Universe hopefuls really prepare
While routines vary depending on a contestant's body type, the fitness plan requires more dedication than even some of our most fitness-enthusiastic staffers (I'm exempt from that category) put forth.
A typical fitness week:
•5 days of cardio for 45 minutes (elliptical, walking, jogging, etc.)
•3 days of lifting alternating between the upper and lower body with light weights, typically three sets of 15 reps (arm curls, ball crunches, bench leg lifts, low walking squats, planks, etc.)
And for those 4 a.m. workouts, Holly showed me how to incorporate items you'd have around the hotel, using trunks or boxes to do step-ups and always packing a blow-up exercise ball. The workouts were pretty simple for the most part (keep in mind I skipped the cardio. I deplore cardio.), but at 4 a.m., the only equipment I want to be using is a pillow.
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