Kelsey Merritt is on her way to becoming a top international model. Given her stints with Maybelline, Rimmel London, ASOS, and La Senza, we wouldn't be surprised if she became a regular on Fashion Week runways someday. Being a model, however, is no easy feat; it entails discipline, and Kelsey is determined to put in the hard work. She regularly goes to the Dogpound gym in New York—the very same fitness center that Victoria's Secret models frequent to get their bods in shape. Below, we break down their workout routines which you can easily do—so just like Kelsey, you can train like VS Angels Adriana Lima, Taylor Hill, and more.
1. Donkey Kicks
Position yourself on all fours, hands aligned under shoulders, and knees aligned under hips. Pull one leg to your chest then kick the leg up to the ceiling, holding the leg at a 90-degree angle. Repeat this 20 times then hold and pulse for 20 reps.
2. Triangle Booty Kicks
On all fours, start by raising your right leg and cross your left leg behind you to the right and place your foot lightly on the floor. Raise the working leg again and stretch it straight until you feel your glute muscle flexing. Then move your leg down and to the left in a triangular motion, until you touch the floor on the other side. Do 12 to 20 reps, then switch sides.
3. Duck Walk with Resistance Band
Attach a resistance band around your ankles. Stand with your feet apart a little more than your shoulder-width. Squat with your knees at about 45 degrees and then take a sidestep and repeat. Keep your knees bent and your arms in front of you to provide balance.
4. Split Squats
Find yourself a step or a bench (about knee height) that you can rest a foot on. Get into a forward lunge position with your back foot elevated on the bench. Lower your leg until your front thigh is almost horizontal, keeping your knee in line with your foot. Don't let your front knee travel beyond your toes. Repeat five to 10 times then swap.
Wearing resistance bands, lift your glutes off the floor, pushing with your heels until your torso is raised in a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Squeeze your glutes and abs, hold for two seconds, then take three seconds to slowly lower your back to the floor and repeat the process.