Exclusive: These Are the 3 Things Model Nina Agdal Always Keeps in Her Fridge

Hallie Gould
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It's 8:00 a.m. when I arrive at Overthrow Boxing Club in New York City. Bleary-eyed and desperate for coffee, I walk into the retro East Village gym where I'm meant to take a boxing class with Nina Agdal. (Both the early-morning boxing and hanging with a famous model are activities far from my usual routine.)

The 24-year-old Denmark-born model has worked with Victoria's Secret, Billabong, and Sports Illustrated, even claiming the Swimsuit issue's "Rookie of the Year" title in 2012 and gracing the 50th anniversary cover with Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge in 2014. When I walked through the door, she was smiling and accompanied by just two, equally friendly-looking confidants. It became clear the stereotypical side-eye toting entourage is not Agdal's style. 

After watching her spar for a few minutes with one of the gym's coaches, she excitedly bopped over to answer a few of my questions. She sweetly apologized for sweating as we shook hands, something I find women in the spotlight feel inclined to do—like they're not allowed to be remotely human. I laughed, peering up at her statuesque figure, clad in body-hugging spandex, stunned by her glistening highlight. "No worries," I squeaked, imagining how it must feel to look so good after working out.

We moved aside from the rest of the group to begin our interview. She mentioned she loves Byrdie (so exciting) and began waxing poetic about her favorite workouts. She was effortless as she spoke, brushing her fly-aways aside and letting out a boisterous laugh when I mentioned I wasn't exactly the most avid cardio enthusiast. It felt more like talking to a friend than any interview I've ever done. I asked her how much time she puts aside each week to workout. "Way too much," she quickly responded. "I think I enjoy it so much that I want to workout every day. I make sure to do one hour—at least—a day. Sometimes I’ll do two or three. "So," she mused, "about a total of about 20 hours per week."

Since we were standing in a boxing gym, I asked if the sport was her favorite workout (as Gigi Hadid has been a huge proponent since she moved to New York). "I love boxing," she began, "but I definitely mix it up. I do a lot of SLT, which is pilates and strength training; Y7 yoga is great; Tone House, SoulCycle, boot camps. Anything, really. Everything."

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