The pro boxer and daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali prepares for her second child and says, “Being 200 pounds is no fun!” So she is going to work out — a lot!
A lot of women see pregnancy as an excuse to not worry about diet or exercise, and actually look at it as a chance to ease up at the gym. But not Laila Ali. The pro boxer, actress and former Dancing With the Stars contestant is gearing up to work out four or five times a week, and we’re not just talking about light stretching. Laila, 32 (who, with her husband, Curtis Conway, 39, already has a two-year-old son, Curtis Jr.), says on her first blog post at Usmagazine.com that she’s determined to keep herself in shape during pregnancy number two, and is well aware of her weakness for sweets.
“I’m a big girl already. I’m not one of these skinny chicks,” she writes. “At my best, I weigh about 174 lbs, so adding another 35 puts me past 200lbs. That’s no fun for any woman. And this second pregnancy has given me a bigger appetite so I better watch out. Sweets are my weakness — especially baked goods such as strawberry shortcake and peach cobbler a la mode.”
Hence the big workout plan, as Laila is set to dive in to a heavy-duty regimen designed to keep her below that dreaded number. “The plan is to work out 4-5 times a week with 50 minutes of cardio (25 minutes on the treadmill and 25 on the elliptical trainer). Also I usually work on my legs 2-3 times a week. That workout consists of 3 sets of 25 squats, 6 sets of leg extensions, 6 sets of hamstring extensions, 3 sets of both inner and outer thigh, 3 sets of calve raises and 3 sets on the Butt Blaster machine.”
Yikes! Still, there’s only so much a woman can do, and even Laila admits that her body is going to grow in certain places, whether she likes it or not. “Yesterday I wore a velour jumpsuit, and when I walked past my husband, he said ‘Your butt is getting bigger.’ I told him I had already noticed! Isn’t it great that we can be so open and honest with each other?!”
Um, it is great, Laila, but we sure wouldn’t tell you that!