The Secrets Behind Meghan Markle’s Intense Workouts, Revealed

Meghan Markle is brilliant, talented, super-stylish, and kind … and she also happens to have an amazing body. But Markle definitely works hard to stay in such killer shape, and she’s more than happy to share her workout secrets when she’s asked.

As the countdown to the next royal wedding nears, there’s no doubt that Markle will be spending some serious time at the gym. These are some of the workouts she’s currently into as well as her favorites from the past.

Her favorite workout is ‘The best thing you can do for your body’

Meghan Markle poses on a patio in front of trees.

She does workouts she actually enjoys doing. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Recently, Markle called Megaformer Pilates “the best thing you can do for your body.” For her own workouts, Markle prefers the classes at Pilates Platinum, a fitness studio in Santa Monica that is run by a celebrity fitness trainer and personal friend, Heather Dorak. Markle gives Dorak’s classes high praise, calling her “inspiring in every way” and swearing that the workouts will change your body almost instantly.

The best thing is also the hardest thing?

Meghan Markle does a yoga pose on a photoshoot set.

Yoga works out her body and mind. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Make no mistake about it, the Megaformer Pilates classes are intense. A writer and reporter for PEOPLE tried one and rated the level of difficulty a 9/10  — and she is in great shape herself. The workout is low-impact, but it’s high-intensity, so you can expect to sweat right away. And considering one session can burn 800 – 1,000 calories, it’s no wonder that the moves will sculpt your body fast.

She has a love of yoga

Meghan Markle stretches while on a shoot set.

She loves challenging her body. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Markle credits her amazing arms to her passion for yoga. Her mother was a yoga instructor, she said, so yoga is in her blood. Markle takes a couple of yoga classes per week, crediting intense Vinyasa and hot yoga as her favorites.


Meghan Markle's legs in front of a beach view.

She focuses on her leg workouts to tone her entire body. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

There’s no doubt that Markle will make a “bootyful” bride. She credits her solid derriere with  The Skinny Bitch Collective workouts, founded by trainer Russell Bateman. The invite-only classes focus on lunges, squats, and other booty-toners.

 Moving meditation

Meghan Markle runs towards an ocean.

She lets loose by running. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Markle is a big fan of running, calling it her favorite form of “moving meditation.” When she’s short on time, going for a run is her go-to workout. She prefers to run with her dog or even a friend or two.

Motivation matters

Meghan Markle swimming in a pool.

She indulges in fun experiences. | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Having a fitness routine is great, but motivation matters almost as much. Markle exercises for more than just a great body: Her daily motivation is a combination of health, state of mind, and that blissful post-workout feeling. Just thinking about how euphoric you feel after a good workout is sometimes enough to lace up those sneakers.

Take time to rest

Meghan Markle eating at a restaurant.

She loves pasta and wine! | Meghan Markle via Instagram

Most health experts are big advocates for rest days, and Markle takes her downtime as seriously as she does her workouts. Her favorite ways to relax include detoxing in an infrared sauna, watching mindless TV, and enjoying a glass of wine. To her, being healthy is all about balance.

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