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In news that’ll surprise none of her stans: Ciara loves a good challenge. (I mean, were you one of the 11 million people who saw her slay this viral dance to Drake’s “In My Feelings“?) Girl has the self-confidence to follow through with anything she puts her mind to. She once told Harper’s Bazaar: “You can do whatever you want if you believe in it—period.”
At 14, setting a lofty goal for herself meant getting a record deal (which she did two years later) and selling at least three million copies of her first album. (She sold five mil, no big deal.) And today, at 34, she has her sights set on a different target: Leveling up her fitness again after giving birth to her third child, a boy named Win, at the end of July. (Ciara also has an older son, Future, who was born in 2014, and a daughter, Sienna, who was born in 2017.)
A couple weeks ago the singer took to her Instagram account to share with her followers that she’s started working out again with one specific aim: “48lbs to go! Starting the game plan tomorrow!! P.s. don’t know how easy it’s going be considering 3 baby’s now! Going to work really hard at this! Let’s go Mamma’s 💃🏽💪🏽,” she wrote.
To put that into perspective, Ciara is 5’7″ and her goal weight is approximately 137 pounds, down from 205 lbs., which is how much she appears to have weighed when she gave birth, based on the intel she shared on social. (She’d already lost 20 lbs. at the time of her post.) That would put her body mass index (BMI) at about a 22, which is in the range that’s associated with the lowest risk for chronic disease like diabetes and cancer, according to the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
After her second pregnancy, Ciara shared with Cosmopolitan that she split up her training sessions throughout the day in order to fit them in to her understandably busy schedule: “It was kind of like, wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back in, breastfeed, eat another meal, go train, then come back, have another meal, and then a third training session at night. It was a good challenge, one I set for myself, not for anyone else. Taking care of myself makes me feel really good. And I want to keep it sexy too, you know.”
It’s unclear if Ciara’s following the same type of program this time around. But since sharing her new fitness goal on her ‘gram earlier this month, she’s been posting snippets of her workout routine to her stories. TBH, it’s impressive, and not just for a new mom. Here’s what we’ve learned so far about Ciara’s workout routine these days.
She strength trains with resistance bands.
While we’ll never knock dumbbells or other free weights when it comes to strength training. You can totally get stronger using resistance bands. This is especially true if you use them for your upper body, like Ciara is doing with these rows. Recent research in the Journal of Human Kinetics finds that bands are even better at recruiting muscle fibers than free weights because they create more instability.
Rowing workouts are a part of Ciara’s fitness routine RN.
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