There’s no denying that the models gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition are some of the best in the industry. But they all have to work hard to stay so fit.
Nina Agdal is one such model. She’s no stranger to hard work and it shows in her approach to her diet and workout.
THE NINA AGDAL DIET
Nina is just like everyone else. She has her good days and her bad days. She tries to keep things healthy whenever she can. But sometimes, she slips up. And she OWNS it!
Talk about refreshing, right?
But she doesn’t consider those days cheat days…just off days. And rather than let them derail her entire week, she just starts over the next day with a new commitment to do better.
NINA’S TYPICAL BREAKFAST
Nina usually likes to start her day off with a super simple breakfast. It’s typically 2% Fage Greek yogurt with her favorite honey drizzled over. She eats this with a cup of coffee and one cup of an herbal tea meant to help her detox.
If she eats out she’ll have oatmeal sweetened with apples, raisins, and cinnamon, as well as cappuccino made with almond milk. And when she feels especially hungry, she typically chooses an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich from her
She likes yo start her diet eating healthy because she’s then more likely to continue eating healthy for the rest of the day.
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NINA’S GO-TO LUNCH
Nina likes to stick with turkey/chichken and avocado sandwich or salads for lunch. Her favourite salad comes from Sweetgreen, a restaurant in NYC. It contains chicken, eggs, corn, edamame, red onion, and cheese. This gets topped with a spicy cashew dressing.
It’s packed full of vitamins, minerals, and protein, so it keeps her full for most of the day. Try adding these ingredients to make your salads a bit more like hers.
And she likes to drink a freshly squeezed juice after her lunch – her fave is apple, ginger, mint combo.
WHAT NINA EATS FOR DINNER
If she had an especially filing lunch, she might skip dinner but she usually practices eating out. Her
Not the healthiest options, but still, we’re only humans and indulging from time to time is perfectly fine ;)
She also likes to combine spinach-artichoke dip with tortilla chips, wasabi tuna, and barbecue ribs.
Fun Fact: She usually has a glass of dirty martini with her dinner.
Nina’s snacks are relatively simple. In the morning, she has a smoothie with peanut butter, bananas, and blueberries. If she’s wanting something lighter, she’ll choose a fresh green juice.
In the afternoon, she has more Fage yogurt or a protein bar. Nina likes Quest bars, but you can keep things healthier (and less processed) by making your own.
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NINA AGDAL’S WORKOUT ROUTINE
Nina was always very active, even as a child and she still does some of the sports she used to do. She still does dancing, basketball, soccer, and tennis.
But besides these, Nina also does a couple of fitness classes. She’s a mesomorph body type which means she can build muscles quite easily. And since she prefers to look lean and toned and not bulky, she mainly does bodyweight exercises.
She does Tone House, Y7 Yoga, boxing
But that’s not all. She also likes working out at home. That means it’s pretty easy to mimic her workouts right in your living room. And you don’t even need any special equipment—just a few lightweights.
FULL BODY WORKOUT YOU CAN DO AT HOME
Nina has a PT but she also often makes up her own routines and posts them online. I really liked her
Watch the whole video here :)
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LEGS AND BUTT WORKOUT
Once again, you can do this workout at home or at the gym, you don’t need any equipment, just a yoga mat :)
- Knee to stomach kicks
- Straight leg pulses
- Knee to elbow kicks
- Straight leg pulses
- knee to ground high kicks
Do all the workouts on one leg first before moving to the other and repeat the whole circuit 2-3 times.
You can watch the whole video here :)
Nina’s ab workout can be done anywhere you have enough space to lie down on the floor. She uses a yoga mat or towel to provide comfort and the entire workout only takes a few minutes.
- Standard crunches – 1 minute
- Heel touches right side – 30 seconds
- Heel touches left side – 30 seconds
- Leg raises – 1 minute
- Bicycles for – 30 seconds
- Scissor kicks – 30 seconds
- Elbow to knee crunch – 30 seconds
- Leg raises halfway up – 30 seconds
She makes sure to do this whole routine at least once but ideally she repeats these exercises 2-3 times. This ab workout is ideal if you only have 5-10 minutes to spare each day.
Watch Nina demonstrate the workouts here :)
If you get bored easily and you don’t want to repeat the same circuit all the time, check out one of my ab routines :)
NINA’S ARMS WORKOUT
Nina’s arm workout is just as quick as her ab routine. She also repeats this one 2-3
- Knee to elbow triceps pushup right leg – 30 seconds
- Knee to elbow triceps pushup left leg – 30 seconds
- Plank shoulder taps – 30 seconds
- Alternating down dog toe taps – 30 seconds
- Hand release pushups – 30 seconds
- Wide pushups on knees – 30 seconds
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NINA MAKES SURE SHE DOES HER CARDIO
Nina admits she hates running. She does try it from time to time but it’s just not her thing. But she makes sure to do other types of cardio like boxing and hiking!
So if you don’t like a certain type of exercising, that’s totally fine. Just try different things and see which ones work for you :)
NINA’S FAVOURITE HIIT ROUTINE
HIIT workouts are a great option if you don’t have a lot of time but you still want to burn tons of calories and get your heart rate up!
And this is Nina’s go-to HIIT workout:
- Imaginary jump rope for 25 seconds and stationary
backwardslunges for 25 seconds
- Jumping jacks with free weights for 25 seconds followed by squats for 25 seconds
- Jump rope with butt kicks 25 seconds followed by
single legside lunges for 25 seconds
- Slow knee to stomach alternating legs for 25 seconds followed by stationary lunge pulse 25 seconds
- Slow mountain climbers for 25 seconds followed by donkey kick leg pulse for 25 seconds
Repeat each exercise twice and rest 10 seconds in between.
This is a great HIIT routine but it may bulk up your quads so if you don’t want that, avoid HIIT workouts that have a lot of squats and lunges :)
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Nina Agdal’s diet and workout routine sound pretty great to me. She is focused on eating healthy whenever possible, and she includes regular workout sessions into her weekly schedule.
Love Rachael xx
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