Lena Dunham: ‘I’ve Been on a Physical Fitness Kick’

03/13/2015 at 04:48 PM ET


Lena Dunham has always been proud of her body, but it’s only recently that she made the decision to focus on getting in shape.

“Part of the reason I wanted to do it was I was losing my breath when I walked up [a] stair,” the Girls star, 28, told David Letterman on Thursday. “And also, both my parents, who are 65, […] they’re both really exercise fiends. They look really hot, and I was just starting to feel like I was really dragging behind, and I was like, ‘You’re more than twice my age and I look like a bag of trash next to you.'”

Dunham has been doing “a variety of things” as part of her new “physical fitness kick,” she told the late-night host, including the celeb-loved Tracy Anderson Method.

“[It] involves mat work, sort of in the Pilates vein – small movements that look easy but are tortuous, and have made me realize just how broken my body really is,” she explained.

Another one of her go-to workouts is acro-yoga, which combines acrobatics and yoga movements. Letterman showed a photo of Dunham holding a yoga pose while balancing on the feet of her instructor during one of her 45-minute sessions.

“Believe it or not, that takes a lot of core strength,” she said. “You can see that — I say this with a lot of love — that behind the wall of fat [my core muscles] are doing a lot!”

Gabrielle Olya

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insideoutfitnesshoodriver on

Me too! For 51 years! #Thetrainer

Kairy Salazar on

The man who is lifting her in the video should win some kind of heavy weight lifting award!

bill on

Translation: I quit coke.

ugh on

she got tired of being fat and ugly, so she’s going to at least try to recitfy the fat part.

maryhelenc on

Good! Everyone should be on a physical fitness kick! It’s important to eat healthy, limit fast foods, and exercise. Not to get skinny, but to be HEALTHY. I don’t care much for what Ms. Dunham says most times, but kudos to her for thinking of her physical health.

bill on

In honor of Dunham I am not going to get married until all fat women lose weight.

Shirley Davis on

I want to lose weight too, like Lisa Denham, I found out my diabetes are so out of control , cholesterol is high , high blood pressure, wish I had prepared meals for a diabetic, and a female trainer to get me into shape, I am 57 years old and I want to stay around long time .It would be nice to do this journey with you Ms. Denham unfortunately I cant afford to paid for these things. it will be nice to start this with you. Thanks your weightloss buddy

Melissa on

Give me a break. I am SO tired of these people who “love” their besides just the way they are, aka they’re fat, but then all of a sudden have a need to lose weight. She’s a bigger girl, but she’s hardly morbidly obese. I highly doubt she was out of breath while walking up a stair. She’s just caving to pressure to look better and be prettier (good luck there). I know that’s snarky, but I don’t like her at all.

jwamd1959 on

Jesus is she ugly

Kata on

She can get as fit as she wants… she is still ugly as hell on the inside. Make her go away.

Laralei on

She’s an attractive lady but those tats really deter from that. There’s nothing attractive about them.

shutterbug on

Jeezus, people. Are any of you stick thin models??? Lena Dunham is awesome, talented, intelligent and REAL. She has real struggles just like real women. Shame on all of you who are calling her fat and ugly. If you wouldn’t say it about your mother/wife/daughter, then don’t say it about another woman. Nothing productive comes of it.

Meeee on

Oh wow, looks wise I thought she was MY age, she is 20 years younger. Brain wise, makes sense she is 28. I get it now.

Anonymous on

Too bad she will still have that face.

Lucy on

She will still be a confessed child molester. She will never be attractive because of that one fact. I wish people would get this and stop writing articles about her.

veggiemama on

I think she is funny and I don’t mind her being overweight. It’s her hideous clothing choices that accentuate her imperfections rather than harmonize with her assets. She always looks like she is trying harder to be ugly, when she has great eyes and a natural exuberance that is great to work with. Get a real stylist or choose clothes not for shook value.

Lucifer on

She’s a horrible person and I’m very disappointed in Ellen for having Lena on her show. The things she talked about doing to her sister in the book was extremely disturbing. This woman needs a straitjacket and a padded room.

Charlie Waffles on

Maybe she wants someone to perform the same “act” that I did on Allison Williams.

Erin on

One more reason for me to be jealous of this hilarious, talented, unstoppable force. Get it, Lena!

DMilly on

Good for her, losing weight is always hard and healthy. I’ve lost 21lbs with the Loaded Gun Diet, it was easier then usual but still not easy peasy.

gwen on

you will still be a cow

ew! on

…or maybe she got tired of seeing her nasty flab all over the place!? She’s pretty nasty if you ask me…Maybe she’ll look better if she loses say like, 20 lbs?? who knows….

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