Carrie Underwood's Trainer Dishes on the Singer's Favorite Workout Moves: She Loves the Cherry Picker!

Details on the country star's effective fitness plan and diet regimen

By Jennifer Chan Apr 02, 2014 11:29 PMTags
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With the ACM Awards this weekend, it's no surprise that plenty of our favorite country stars, like Carrie Underwood, are hitting the gym hard to look their absolute best on the red carpet.

In fact, Underwood's trusted trainer, Erin Oprea, was so proud of her star client that she posted a candid shot of the singer killing it at the gym this morning, inspiring us all to tone up this season.

Just look at those muscles!

We tapped the fitness expert, who owns a personal training business in Tennessee, to get the scoop on Carrie's killer workouts.

Here's what she shared with us:

How did you and Carrie initially meet?
It was a little over six years ago and her team was looking to hire a trainer. Carrie was living in Tennessee and that's where I'm based. I had been working within the music industry for a while. I went in for an interview, there were several others who were up for the job as well, but I was hired, I couldn't have been happier.

What was the initial purpose of her wanting a trainer?
For general fitness, she wanted to tone up and not get winded while singing and dancing.

What do her workouts consist of? How have they changed since you first started with Carrie?
 When I first meet a client there is always a learning curve. Each person's body reacts to exercise differently, so I will tailor individual workouts to meet a client's fitness needs. We first concentrate on body weight exercises like squats, lunges, pull-ups, push-ups and dips. I do a mix of cardio as well as resistance training in most sessions. For cardio, we do sprints, boxing, jump rope and plyometrics. For resistance training, I recommend mixing body weight exercises together with weights. For reps, we change them all of the time...there is no set number. Carrie's workouts change every time we work out! She never does the same workout twice. I always incorporate some of the basic exercises in every workout.

What are Carrie's favorite and least favorite exercises?
One of Carrie's favorites moves is the cherry picker, where you lunge into a squat. She loves all different leg exercises! Most females dislike pull-ups, but it is a very important exercise in toning your upper body.

What can you tell us about Carrie's diet and nutrition plan?
Nutrition is key to maximizing everything you do during your workouts. My belief in nutrition is to eat clean and unprocessed foods, and really watch your sodium and sugar intake. Carrie told Woman's Health that she loves a tofu scramble with peppers and onions for breakfast, and I know that she snacks on raw vegetables.

What's it like to train with the star?
Carrie is amazing to work with. We have a lot of fun. Carrie always brings it! She is a real person...I don't think of her as a celebrity. We have a true working relationship that has developed into a friendship. She is hard worker, motivated and disciplined.

Looks like all of her hard work is paying off!

—Reporting by Sara Kitnick

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