One thing about me: I’m always up for a challenge. Mental, physical…you name it, I’ll do it. Let’s chalk it up to the fact that I’m an Aries, so by nature, I enjoy competing against others, but mostly, myself—especially when it comes to working out.
So, when I saw the opportunity to try Carrie Underwood’s workout, you know I replied to that Slack message within 30 seconds. I mean, have you seen her legs? They could’ve been sculpted by Michelangelo himself. The credit for her strong quads, hamstrings, and calves goes to the superstar singer and her trainer Eve Overland.
It’s obvious Carrie works hard in the gym, but I thought I could handle it. I grew up pretty active, playing sports and dancing in elementary and middle school. Lately, I’m in the gym most days of the week for about 45 minutes a session with strength training and a cardio warmup. I also try to throw in at least one group fitness class a week to mix things up (like shadow boxing and yoga). Working out is the one thing I prioritize every day as time for myself for my physical and mental health.
Carrie Underwood does total-body strength sessions daily.
Carrie and her trainer Eve Overland, CPT, train almost every day on the road together. “Even though the touring life is high demand and schedules are crazy, we have a set routine and can guarantee that time together,” Overland tells WH. ” Carrie prioritizes her time to work out. That is her ‘me time’ to do something she truly enjoys and to start her day on a positive note.” (She’s just like me, for real.)
Their sessions are usually 90 minutes, giving her time to focus on form and technique for every rep. “Carrie is always up for a challenge,” she says. “She loves to push her body. She continues to grow by trying new things and practices until it is mastered. She is a machine.” Well, it shows.
Carrie enjoys the basics when it comes to working out, which is why squats, deadlifts, and lunges are written all over this workout. “We progress, add challenge, and mix things up by changing the amount of weight used, reps, tempo and equipment,” Overland tells WH. Their mobile gym also has some handy equipment, like a leg press machine, but they also bring along portable tools, like a TRX, stability ball, cables, and mini bands.
Overland also recommends remembering your “why” in order to stay motivated. After all, working out helps you improve all areas of your life and will enhance longevity, she notes. “Exercise has been shown to improve energy, mood, sleep, skin health, cognitive performance, and memory, just to name a few,” she says. “Not to mention you feel like a total badass when you see and feel gains in strength. Getting stronger is empowering. Your confidence soars when you accomplish any fitness goal, large or small.”
Eve acknowledges that the following workout is a bit *advanced*—not to mention lengthy! You can modify it by decreasing weight or reps, doing one round of the supersets instead of two or three, or choosing one exercise in each superset and zeroing in on form. And if you don’t have a specific machine or piece of equipment (say, a barbell), feel free to modify without and do a similar bodyweight move, or use dumbbells.
Carrie trains daily with slightly different routines, but for the sake of my muscles and schedule, I did the following workout three days a week for a month. (Note: A superset is when you perform two or more exercises back to back.)