One PEOPLE Staffer Tries Kim Kardashian West’s Krazy-Hard Workout, Lives to Tell the Story

06/14/2016 at 11:12 AM ET

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Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE writer-reporter

Level of Difficulty: 10/10

When I think Kim Kardashian West, selfies, NSFW emoticons and flawless contouring immediately come to mind. But the list quickly grew when I realized how much of a badass the reality star-turned-business mogul truly is — particularly when it comes to fitness.

RELATED: Kim Kardashian Breaks Down Her Favorite Workout Spots After Losing 42 Lbs. in Three Months

Last week, Kim shared a pic on Snapchat that really piqued my interest and ultimately inspired my decision to emulate the star … for a little over an hour. “Running 4 miles, planks, push-ups, 1000 jump ropes & abs,” she wrote over a photo of exercise gear that included a jump rope, a Pilates mat, portable pushup handles and a BOSU ball.

I’ll be honest, guys. When I first read exactly what Kim does at the gym, I was equal parts impressed and mortified. I don’t think I’ve EVER jumped rope for longer than two minutes and I despise running with a passion. This doesn’t mean I loathe working out; I’m always willing to try out any fitness class that claims to zone in on my butt, arms and abs. Regardless, coming across Kim’s workout to-do list came at the perfect time — right when my morning workout routine was beginning to feel a bit stale.

RELATED: Kim Kardashian West Eats 1,800 Calories a Day to Lose the Last 28 Lbs. of Baby Weight

As I’m new to running, I decided to download the free Runkeeper app, which documents number of miles ran/walked, the length it takes to complete said distance as well as calories burned during each sesh. I convinced myself I was dying at one point, but then realized I had forgotten to breathe because I was so focused on not tripping over uneven sidewalks. It took me 49 minutes to run/jog/walk 4.12 miles. I was ready to give up by the end of the second mile, but I kept on going because WWKD? (What Would Kim Do?)

After completing the run, I went ahead and did two sets of two-minute planks and 50 almost-pushups, which included triceps pushups. I was drenched in sweat and thought it was all over until I looked at Kim’s Snap to see that I still needed to work on “abs” and do 1,000 jump ropes. I didn’t have much to go off when it came to ab work since Kim didn’t specify her go-to move, so I went ahead and did 20 leg raises to target my lower abs, followed by 20 crunches to target my upper abs. I was feeling better … mostly because I wasn’t running.

I drank half a bottle of water before going forward with the last exercise on the Kim-approved list of exercises. I reluctantly picked up my red jump rope, headed outside and started jumping. Fast. “Okay, I can’t do this,” I said out loud in between heavy breaths. I had made it to the first 100 before starting to feel a little nauseous, so I abruptly stopped, making a promise to walk it off before doing 100 more. So I did. And then decided I wouldn’t be able to reach 1,000 jump ropes. You win again, Kim.

RELATED: Khloé Kardashian Reveals the Diet Plan that Helped Her Lose 40 Lbs.

I felt so miserable (in a good way — is that possible?) throughout the workout, but felt totally accomplished right after. Would I do this again? I don’t think I’d be able to do it every single day, but one hour of torture (and the inevitable foot blisters and all-body soreness that comes along with it) per week for stronger legs and a toned tummy is definitely tempting. I did come away with one very important realization: Kim Kardashian West really is a badass and has totally just become my fitness inspiration. Who would have known?

–Grace Gavilanes

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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hautmom on

Anyone who believes that she really does that workout is as ridiculous as that entire family of habitual liers. lol

Steph on

Kims workout? Oh yeah right! Get all the fat surgically put in the rump

marie on

Her workout, lifting the fork to her mouth, about 80 times a meal.

physique competitor on

As a physique competitor, this is BS. Perhaps she took every workout she’s ever performed in one paragraph. She’s NOT fit. That’s a whole lotta Spanx. Her shoulders are pathetic. This must be her latest attempt at being interesting. Hey! Look at my workouts! Gonna get Robbie involved! Putrid scumbag greedy arse losers. How about doing something important for a change?

meganbell on

Wow, haters much?… Running 28 miles per week, adding in toning exercises with a diet that isn’t all that restricted is how you get a body like Kim’s. She’s not known for being “jacked” and you can workout with other goals in mind.

SF on

Good read. And bravo if you can run 4 miles right off the bat as a beginning runner – I could only go 5 minutes without stopping my first time! Eventually your legs and heart will get used to this new exercise (remember don’t run for speed if you’re running outside, jog comfortably) and you’ll become a bonafide runner with a runner’s high in no time. 🙂
p.s. Two minute planks? Damn girl.

Anonymous on

Liar, that hog has never worked out that hard in her life! She does NOT have the physique to have such a workout regime. She would be all muscle, not all fat. These clubs don’t work out. They do cool sculpting, have fat removed from their bodies, liposuction….and the list goes on and on. NONE of those so called celebrities knows what it means to exercise.

Rebecca on

Liar, that horse has never endured such a workout, let alone on a REGULAR BASIS. She would be more muscle instead of fat. I run everyday and you can’t just start out running 4 miles. That’s a laugh if she thinks the world believes that garbage filled lie. Well, maybe her idiotic followers do but that’s it. Celebrities don’t exercise. They lie and go have cool sculpting, fat removed, liposuction, plastic surgery….

Mono on

I am not a fan of hers but do believe she works out a lot and eats a good diet too to help lose and maintain her weight. I don’t see why she would make something like that up. I still think she’s only pretty from the waist up. Pretty ish.

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