Kate Upton: My Workout ‘Makes Me Feel Like I Can Handle Anything’

03/19/2015 at 04:40 PM ET

Kate Upton
Courtesy The Edit

Even Kate Upton allows herself a cheat day!

“I am healthy, and I do work really hard, and I want to be a positive role model in that way,” the model, 22, tells Net-A-Porter’s The Edit. “What I’ve learned is that it’s about putting the right fuel in your body and treating your body well. So I try to eat as well as I can, but I also always have a cheat day.”

Part of the blonde bombshell’s dedication to health includes regular weight training sessions with fitness guru David Kirsch, and her new obsession – kickboxing.

“I just walked in and said, ‘I want to be trained like a fighter, like I’m going to get in the ring and fight someone’,” she told the magazine. “It makes me feel like I can handle anything.”

Upton’s meteoric rise to fame means that her appearance is constantly scrutinized, but she’s learned to not let public perception faze her.

“I’ve heard people say, ‘You put yourself in that position to be judged’,” she said in the interview. “But no, I put myself in that position because I really liked that photographer. I wanted to do that piece of work. Not to be judged. The internet can be horrible, so I just don’t look at it anymore… But maybe a bit of hate is good for me. Because if I’m in a spot where everyone loves me, I won’t try as hard.”

There’s only one circumstance in which other people’s opinions matter to her.

“The only thing I do for other people now is cook,” said Upton. “That’s the only place in my life where I care what they think!”

—Gabrielle Olya

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arabrabbra on

So gorgeous. Best

bill on

Just keep showing the goods, baby, and all will be well.

Anonymous on

What beautiful woman. Seriously.

She has nothing to be ashamed of at all.

jeffwinterwolfhewitt on

My Workout ‘Makes Me Feel Like I Can Handle Anything’

Are there any questions to that remark????

Nancy on

My opinion, the only reason this girl is anything is because of her BIG BOOBS. BIG DEAL. I don’t find her the least bit attractive. Gummy smile, thick-waisted . . she’s squishy. I’m thinking she does not work out. If she does, she’s doing it wrong.

Marie on

@Nancy – Plenty of people find her attractive. It’s not like anyone’s going to read your comment and suddenly think “oh, Nancy is right. Kate is not hot”. Haha. Nice try.

Melanie on

She played a cute part in “The Other Woman”.

bill on

Hey Marie, just as no one is going to be impacted by your opinion. HAHA, nice try.

toby sprickle on

Since Kate can handle anything, I just asked her if she would paint my house.

Brenda Niemeyer on

We’re all allowed to have our opinions (personally, I think she’s great and shows a lot of maturity for her age), but @Nancy–seems like yours has a tinge of jealousy to it. I WISH I had her boobs!

Bebhinn on

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