Kate Hudson worked out “six hours a day” after giving birth: crazy?

I remember Kate Hudson’s first pregnancy, when she was with Chris Robinson and she was pregnant with little Ryder Russell. Kate really gained a lot of weight with that pregnancy – and it probably looked like more weight than it actually was because Kate was and is so petite. It was actually Jessica Simpson-esque, which is just a reminder to all of the Tracy Andersons of the world that every pregnancy is different, and that the body-shaming of women in general and pregnant women in particular should really end. So when Kate got pregnant with Matt Bellamy, I kept waiting to see if she would gain a lot of weight – but she really didn’t. It seemed like she had a very healthy second pregnancy, and shortly after giving birth to Bingham Bellamy, Kate’s figure seemed to “snap back”. As it turns out, though, Kate was working out like crazy (literally, CRAZY) to get her figure back:

Post-pregnancy weight loss challenge is an uphill battle for most women – and it isn’t made any easier when they are faced with the likes of super-svelte mothers Beyonce and Victoria Beckham, both of whom paraded around in tight mini-dresses just weeks after giving birth. Given the speed that such A-list mothers ping back into shape, we would be forgiven for thinking it’s easier for those blessed with fame and money. But one celebrity mother’s post-birth baby weight didn’t just drop off in time for her red carpet debut.

Kate Hudson has revealed she lost weight the traditional – and the hard – way: by working out for a staggering six hours a day. The 33-year-old actress famously struggled to lose the baby weight after her first pregnancy but this time she put in the hard work, and it has most certainly paid off.

In an interview with Star magazine the star divulged: ‘I devoted six hours a day to a vigorous workout regime. I would do 45 or 55 minutes of cardio then an hour of Pilates or yoga, three times a day.’

The Fools Gold star is famous for her toned and athletic figure and she maintains that keeping active – from biking and pilates to dancing and running – is what keeps her in shape.

When she grew to 13st 2lbs at the end of her pregnancy with her second son Benjamin, now one, she was determined to work hard to achieve the body that women worldwide envy.

Her top tip for shifting the unwanted pounds in calorie counting, but she isn’t averse to the odd treat.

‘I’m not a dieter. I’m in the wrong family to be a dieter. My mum is always making chicken and dumplings. And I love scones, with clotted cream and jam. I can’t not eat them!’ she said.

[From The Mail]

I hear different things from different people about how much or how little goes into a “good” workout, depending on what your target goal is – like, if you’re just working out to lose weight, you should approach your workouts differently than if your objective is strength and muscle tone, etc. I work out two hours a day, four times a week, three parts cardio to one part strength training. And honestly, some weeks it feels like too much. I can’t even imagine having the time, inclination or energy to work out six hours in a day. But… obviously, after working out like that, these are the results:

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. k says:

    Let’s not forget her smoking habit, which curbs her appetite.

  2. Agnes says:

    how!? i guess having nannies, cooks and maids helps. i haven’t been able to sleep more than 3 hours in a 24-hour window ever since our son was born a week ago. i can’t fathom having time to work out…

  3. Fofototto says:

    I wouldn’t be able to do it. I know my limits. As long as she’s doing it in a healthy way I don’t see anything wrong with it. Athletes train just as much.

  4. littlemissnaughty says:

    Is that even healthy? I hope so but whatever she did, it WORKED. Good god, I will never look like this and I haven’t had a baby. But I suspect genes have a little something to do with it as well. Just look at her mother.
    It’s comforting to hear though that even someone with good genes has to put in the time and effort to look like this. Because … six hours? I wouldn’t know where to find the time, honestly. But damn, that dress looks fantastic on her.

  5. Tiffany27 says:

    Damn!! What happened to 30 minutes a day 5 days a week? That much exercise seems so painful to me. I’d rather keep my huge boobs and fat a** than spend 1/4 of my day working out.

  6. Nessa says:

    She looks absolutely amazing, so who can knock her for it. I would probably do so, too… The pressure of looking good in HW would be daunting to any of us.

  7. LeslieM says:

    She looks great. Once I put on alot of weight and would do two or three hours on the tredmill everyday. One day I remember I did five, but those hard workouts aren’t for me.

    • freya says:

      some babies actually do a thing called sleeping. you don’t have to hold them 24 hours a day

      • sillyone says:

        Mine didn’t :( She had colic for the first six months and bawled 23 hours a day..

      • freya says:

        sorry to hear that. the only babies i’ve had experience with (none of my own but of friends and familymembers)were all “quiet” babies. and the parents used their sleeping times during the day to do the housework, work out and stuff.

      • Annoyedmom says:

        You are an a**h###! Your comment is pathetic and I would guess you have no child of your own. Babies sleep, yes, but no middle class mom would be able to work out six hours a day while caring for an infant. Kate Hudson is the 1%, and probably had lots of paid help to allow her the previlege of working out like she did. And go on vacation to an exotic locale to “relax” from all the pressure. After having two kids in three years, and without no help from anyone but my husband, I am lucky to shower. Because not only I must care for my amazing boys, but there’s cooling, cleaning, laundry, and another million things I need to do before heading to the gym. So, great Kate Hudson and Hollywood moms look skinny. I doubt they would be able to flourish living like most moms do, without much help. There are worst things in life than being overweight.

      • KellyinSeattle says:

        People forget , when they have healthy children, about kids with disabilites. My wonderful, amazing boy has Asperger’s Syndrome, and it’s a minute by minute thing; I wouldn’t have the time. Not faulting her for not having a disabled child, but just reminding everyone there are moms out there who are happy with their “special” children and put their kids before looking like a model, like most moms.

      • freya says:

        @Annoyedmom And what a great example you are to your kids. Calling someone you don’t even know names. Nice. I’m sorry your live is apparently so miserable that you need to resort to that.
        The commenter was asking who was holding the baby, I simply replied that babies don’t have to be held 24 hours a day because most do actually sleep. Never was anything mentioned about having the time for working out, housework and all that stuff. It was merely about holding the baby.
        If you would have read any further you would have found my second reply in which I elaborate on my experiences. Yes, I do not have children of my own, but I have lived with/nextdoor to people who have. All of them had quiet babies and managed to do their chores and workout during the times the babies slept. My best friend actually managed to work out 4 hours a day in total that way. No neglecting, just careful planning on her part (and the luck of a calm baby). By the way, she had to get back in shape quick because she is a model and the father is a deadbeat with no money. Needless to say he didn’t help around the house either.

      • Gabriella says:

        Guys, it’s her JOB to look like that…

      • HappyMom says:

        Depends on the baby. Clearly you lucked out. Or you’ve never actually had a newborn.

      • LeslieM says:

        I found it impossible to workout when my kids were little and I went back to work. I wanted to spend every second focused on them and them only! When I was home and not working I worked out a lot when they were sleeping. I was not an annoyed mom. I was lucky, no colic ect. I enjoyed every minute of taking care of the kids and house and we had plenty of time to goof off and have fun. For mom’s with special needs children I salute you!

      • dahlianoir says:

        Mine did. My son lived his first month in my arms. I had to call my mother to take him so i could shower.

      • Lauren says:

        My daughter had colic..it was insane. I could not leave her with anyone, because i was afraid they would shake her to death. This went on for 18 months. I was sleep deprived, and my hair was falling out. Now, she is a teenager, 14 and does well in school+athletic. Our family doctor tried to placate me by stating “babies with colic have high IQ`s“. Yes indeed she is very intelligent & beautiful+exhausting!

      • Trashaddict says:

        Funny story from the 60s my mom told me about colic: she knew a woman with a colicky baby whose doctor gave her a prescription for phenobarbital. She looked at the doctor horrified and said “I can’t give that to my baby!” The doctor said, “It’s not for the baby, it’s for YOU. You get some sleep while someone else looks after the baby for a while.” –seriously, make sure you have someone to hand off the baby to if you can’t take it any more. And for the first month or so, colicky baby or not, sleep when the baby does if you possibly can, so you can keep up with them.
        Been there, done that.

    • amanda says:

      Maybe the father. Mothers don’t have to do 100% of the child care.

    • Aotearovian says:

      Dad, the baby’s brother, grandparents, uncles and aunts . . .

      Isn’t it wonderful when there’s a big loving family for a child to be born into and it doesn’t all fall to the mum?

  8. Reece says:

    Imo, it’s part of her job to workout like that to get her body back in shape. She’s honest about it and I like that unlike some people with the I didn’t do anything blah blah blah, Bitch Please!

    • Roxy says:

      My thoughts, exactly! She owns the fact that it took hard work. She works in a prefession that requires that she look good, she is expected to look a certain way. Some actresses aren’t and can get away with gaining some weight, like Queen Latifa and thats great and accepted. If looking good is your job then she was “at work” 6 hrs a day! I would like that job! I remember when her mother was pregnant with her and not yet married to her father. It was quite the scandal!

      • Christina says:

        Exactly.

        If Kate Hudson was a tennis player or swimmer, nobody would question the fact that she resumed intense exercise after the birth of her baby. It’s her JOB to look a certain way, and – despite what you’ll hear from some celebs about the baby fat just ‘melting off’ (yeah right) – it takes work to have that sort of body after two children.

        BTW she’s a brave woman to bend over in that see-through dress the way she does in the second photo. Anyone standing behind her would have got an eyefull!

    • Beedee says:

      Long time lurker, first time poster.

      ITA with you. I may not be a movie star but I am in a job, military, that requires me to be in shape. I am currently 6 months pregnant and dreading the work I will have to put in to lose the total amount of baby weight gain. We are given 6 months to be able to pass a physical fitness test and the height and weight standards. I signed up for it so I’m not complaining. I didn’t have a nanny or chef to lose the baby weight with my first and I won’t have one this time around either. It takes discipline and motivation to get back in shape, no excuses. If there’s a will there’s a way. Props to Kate for being honest about how she lost the weight.

  9. freya says:

    at least she admits to working really hard for it.

  10. Brown says:

    She looks amazing and clearly it worked, but honestly the hottest bod in the universe won’t help you if you have magazines referring to you as “Fool’s Gold star…” Did anyone else see that movie? Good God, so bad.

  11. ramona says:

    Six hours a day? Seems to me like I’d rather spend time with the baby I’d just given birth to. Call me crazy!

  12. Esmom says:

    Crazy. As someone said, that’s how much serious athletes train. So unless she’s training for a major athletic event, six hours/day is extreme. Plus it doesn’t seem sustainable. I could see her gaining the weight back once she quits her workouts.

    It seems more sensible to work out more moderately, one that works for the long haul, and just be a little more patient for the results.

  13. Marianne says:

    It think it all depends on the kind of exercise you are doing as well. If he did 6hrs straight of being on the treadmill, that would probably send her to the hospital. Maybe she reserved a lot of the more “hard” exercises to just 30 min to an hr. And did a lot more lower energy exercises throughout the day.

  14. Nan209 says:

    Isn’t that just purging through exercise ?

  15. HoustonGrl says:

    I really appreciate her honesty! I couldn’t imagine working out that much, more than an hour a day makes me tired. That said, she probably had a trainer who optimized her workouts, and thus helped to prevent injury and/or fatigue.

  16. Honey says:

    Celebs have to loose weight quickly.

  17. moxylady007 says:

    While I dont understand it, I really like how honest she is about it.

    Many women in HW who claim to just have great metabolisms work out like this and eat next to nothing. Its time we heard about it but also its time women stopped holding themselves to such exacting standards. Anyone not very successful in her industry could not afford to do this. Bottom line.

  18. littlestar says:

    Six hours a day seems like too much, like she’s training for a marathon. I’m interested to know how long she did this for. One month? Two months? I work out 45 mins to an hour a day and I think that is a lot!

  19. Saskia says:

    I also remember her first pregnancy, but what I especially remember is how BRUTAL people were to her afterwards, when she didn’t magically get skinny within a month. She lost roles because of it and people kept calling her fat. I can only imagine the body image complex that crap must’ve left her with. No wonder she went a little nuts trying to avoid it this time around.

  20. TG says:

    I guess if you don’t have a job working out 6 hours a day is less than working a full-time job and a long commute, but 6 hours doesn’t sound healthy. She doesn’t impress me nor do I feel bad about myself. She just sounds very self-centered and makes me wonder why she even had the child at all because as mentioned above most babies require round the clock care for the first frew months. It is 20 months later and I am still exhaused. I also didn’t put my baby down for the 9 weeks I was off from work, other than for play time on the floor and sleeping at night.

  21. Anahata says:

    I know it’s not a popular stance on this website, but it sounds to me like she neglected that tiny baby who only wanted his mommy to hold him ( that is the only place in the world a little one wants to be – in mommy’s arms).

  22. Sabrine says:

    I highly doubt there was any neglecting of the baby going on. Just accept that in her world so unlike the normal woman’s, she would have the time to exercise six hours a day. She’s not cleaning her house, etc. or worrying about what to put on the table for hubby’s dinner.

    It is rather refreshing to know she had to work at it. With cameras on her all the time, there was huge additional pressure to get back in shape.

  23. kc says:

    I agree with commenters above. Many moms go back to work full time after a “maternity leave” of 6 weeks (in the States if they are lucky). They are going back to 40+ hour/week careers where they can’t hold their babies. I see Kate as going back to her career and for that career, she has to look fabulous. I truly thank her for saying that she has to work at it (side eye to Vicky Beckham).

  24. Sara says:

    That is sad if true and might I add completely unnecessary for successful weight loss.

  25. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I think most trainers would tell you that you can achieve as much in less than half that amount of time.

    6 hours of fitness a day is a great way to wreck your body and risk getting a severe injury.

  26. Hannah says:

    Who knows if this is true. Why would Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson be talking to Star magazine. Plus, they (or the Mail) couldn’t even get her son’s name right: It’s Bingham, not Benjamin.

  27. Violet says:

    It’s great that she’s honest about it, but wow. That is freakin’ crazy.

    The hilarious thing is that her boyfriend doesn’t look like he’s exercised a day in his life, so shame on him if he’s the one driving her to such extremes.

  28. Isa says:

    I don’t think it’s such a big deal.
    I spend over 6 hours away from my baby when I work. 8 hour shift plus a commute. Even when I’m home I’ve got a house to clean, people to feed.
    She probably did her first workout before her babies even woke up.
    If I had a maid and enough money to eat out every night (and better resturants than McDonald’s!) or a chef I would totally use that time to work out!

    Oh who am I kidding, I could do a quick thirty minutes right now. Instead I’m on my ass reading Celebitchy. :)

  29. kibbles says:

    Totally unnecessary if she is dieting on top of the 6 hour exercise days. I was overweight and lost most of the excess fat in 8 months just from exercising an hour 4-5 times each week. So, if she were a normal woman working full-time and raising a baby without a nanny, she’d probably still be 50 pounds overweight. At least she is being honest though. I can’t stand actresses like Kate Winslet who pretend like all they need is a 30 minute pilates video to get their figure. Please. We all know all of these actresses diet and exercise like crazy.

  30. Sarah says:

    I first read that as “Worked Out Six Hours After Birth” and was seriously concerned.

  31. L says:

    I have a friend that works out 6 hours a day. 3 hours before work, 3 hours afterwards. Rest day on Thursday. 100+ mile bike rides on Saturday, 12-15 mile runs on Sundays.

    But she’s a 4 time Ironman finisher. And to me that’s a different kettle of fish than some actress working out 6 hours (with a nanny, a cook, and a maid) to fit in a evening gown. Like someone else said, this is just purging through exercise and not trying to be healthy/train for a major sporting event.

  32. mar says:

    6 hours a day??????? That is a bit obsessive

  33. nordicgoddess says:

    my question is: what do they do with the stretched out stomach-skin that will not “snap back” no matter how famous they are..no-one ever mentions that…

  34. mel says:

    Who cares…its her job to look great. I really don’t buy the 6 hour angle..I think I read somewhere she worked out 2 hours a day…and even then she would cry because it was exhausting. If I had all the help I could possible afford I would work out like that too. But I can’t – I do walk around a hour /hour and a half 3 to 4 times a week. Im ok with it.

  35. RobN says:

    Her job is looking like a hot actress. It’s a job requirement, the same way a doctor goes to med school or a truck driver gets a commercial license. All of these things take time away from our families, but it’s the price we pay to support those families. She’s no different; I spent 6 hours a day studying in law school, she spends 6 hours a day working out.

  36. Feebee says:

    Yes it’s crazy, no she’s not a professional athlete however she is “Kate Hudson” and that is her job. Maybe she had something she needed to be back in shape for. Maybe she just wanted to avoid the likes of Tracy Anderson and the masses taking pot shots.

    Whatever the reason it’s not irrational maybe just a reality for her.

  37. danielle says:

    I also appreciate her honesty. She doesn’t have to cook or clean or any of that stuff, so working out is her job. At least she wasn’t al “oh I eat healthy and walk with the baby and the weight fell off”

  38. Dusty says:

    These celebrities should not spend one moment commenting on the plight of Americans when they are so out of touch with reality.

  39. Ojulia says:

    How does approximately 1 hour of cardio and approximately 1 hour of yoga/Pilates add up to SIX hours?

  40. Palefire says:

    Omg she looks amazing. But I’m sure she had a lot of other help besides 6 hours a day of exercise. She prob had laser lipo. Massage. Detox wraps all kinds of crap. A professional chef trainer a mommy makeover. Ect ect and let’s be realistic no one (us) who has to work and or has a new born baby could do all that. She was able to bc she has $$$$$. Want to lose weight cut out fat and salt and sugar. Eat plain. Drink water stay away from “diet” drinks and foods and work out @ least 2 hours a day m-f.

  41. Diva says:

    If I had nannies, chefs, maids, and a personal trainer I’d be able to work out 6 hours a day too. For a normal mother that is not realistic.

  42. mayamae says:

    Maybe I’m an idiot – but what in the world is 13st 2lbs?

    They also misnamed her baby as Benjamin.

  43. lrm says:

    there’s no need to do even 2 hours per day-unless it’s for a short term goal like hers….i mean, really, 2 or more hours per day will put you in madonna territory after awhile….

    kate looks great in these pics, not too chiselled.
    there’s no reason to do more than an hour per day, in most cases. Like mentioned, depends on the goal-and for weight loss, walking briskly combined with diet and nutrition changes, is usually the most effective and lasting approach. Though yoga and pilates are invaluable for so many reasons.

    But running is *not* for everyone! Excercise styles vary and regardless of what ‘experts’ say, you will find monks and yogis who’ve never done a cardio workout in their lives, with the most balanced blood pressure, heart rate, etc. There are other factors, and to each their own-many excercise options to choose from. Also, if you look around the world, in many cultures they do not excercise-they simply walk or do chores as their movement, and they live just as long and happily as excercise obsessed americans. i live in so cal, and am american, and i’m about over the semi anorexic look 24/7. it’s just much.

  44. Aqua says:

    @ Sillyone I feel for you! I went through the exact same thing as what you are going through now.At the time I thought what am I doing wrong? am I a bad mother?(Which I am sure you are not!) and when is this going to end? I even took her to the doctor and he said he had no explanation for it.I’m not trying to intrude but if you have family and friends who are willing to help, take them up on it and try to give yourself a bit of a break.It can help.BTW my second was the exact opposite.

  45. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    Kate is a tool.

  46. HulaHoop says:

    If she did 2 hours 3x a day, it’s not really *that* crazy. Granted, this would be waaaay too much for a “normal” person (i.e., someone without a staff) but it’s her job to look good, as her particular occupation is based primarily on appearance.

    Side note-was this interview translated into British or did she actually say “mum” and “clotted cream”?

  47. Onyx XV says:

    Crazy to most “normal” folks, but Kate kinda has to for her career.

  48. Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

    It’s her body she can do whatever she likes with it.

  49. Jayna says:

    I can’t see Kate giving an interview to Star Magazine. Just sayin’.

  50. bgirl says:

    This doesn’t seem extreme for a quick get in shape routine. They do this much or more on The Biggest Loser and get results. It’s short term. I am sure she’s not working out like that now.

  51. Trina says:

    I understand why she’s doing it. The last time she gave birth she didn’t lose the weight in 2 weeks like most celebs and was harassed by the tabloids for being “fat.” They even had some story, which I pretty sure was bogus, in which her husband at the time lamented that she was making “poor” food choices.

  52. anneesezz says:

    I’d rather spend time with my newborn. Is anyone suprised she’s more worried about her body than her baby? I’m not.

  53. I believe it says:

    I believe it, I use to model in NY and would be told 2months ahead that I had a certain assignment and what weight or size I needed to be, so I would go into intense training, 5 days a week, 4hours a day, it was my job to be in shape for photos,for the advertisers, it was so hard, but once I had signed the contract I had to show up in model weight and it was hard for me because I’m not a naturally thin person, but everytime I was told I had an assignment, I would get trainers at the gym and do 4hour training sessions for 5 days a week to be ready for the shoot, I believe that Kate’s sessions were probably 2hours at a time with a half hour break in between until she finished each day with a completed 6 hour workout not counting the breaks.

  54. Laura says:

    I run 8.5 miles five days a week, and 5 miles on the sixth day, plus strength training three times a week. It’s time consuming but I looooove my runs. I’ve had runner’s knee for the last month and a half and the reduction in running has been murder.