The Gosselin Brickhouse Bod: Surgery Is Only the Beginning

Kate Gosselin credits the smokin' body she revealed on the cover of People magazine to running.

Obviously she has been open about the tummy tuck she received (and, quite frankly, needed) back in 2006 and there has been much speculation about what she has had done to her face and also to her breasts. She had this to say:

"This is not what my stomach looked like after my tummy tuck. That only got rid of the skin.

"It didn't build muscle or give me definition or burn off fat. I had to do that all on my own."

And much as I hate to help Gosselin out given I think she's straight up nuts, I believe her. Kind of anyway. I think running plus a little additional work could make a body look close to hers.


Running is a powerful sport if done right. There are long-distance runners who don't look like runners. They come in all shapes and sizes, but in my personal experience, if you train hard and you push yourself and you break a sweat and you run at your personal best and you do it often, you will lose the weight.

It's harder after children come and the tummy tuck probably helped her on the path to six-pack abs. In fact, without it, she wouldn't have the stomach she has. Let's be clear about that. Running can tone every part of the body, but you still should do ab work of some kind. Abdominal work is integral to strong running because a strong core keeps everything strong.

Certain exercises, when combined with running, can produce abs close to Gosselin's even without surgery.

Bear in mind, the "running" is not light jogging where you barely break a sweat, but if you get out there and you push and you work, you're contracting your core and melting fat, both of which can produce abs like Gosselin's.

I'm a runner. I have been running for more than eight years and I have never had plastic surgery. My body isn't as tight as Gosselin's, but I can wear a bikini and feel proud. Some tips to building the core:

  • Yoga: Yoga is a great stress reliever and antidote to the stress running puts on the joints and muscles.
  • Ab work: It isn't as bad as it seems. Even 10 minutes a day along with cardio will help.
  • Exercise ball: Just sitting on one for a few minutes a day can help build the core.

What do you do for your abs?

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