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This Is What Happened When I Worked Out Like a Victoria's Secret Angel

The Victoria's Secret fashion show

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It's a bit controversial, but whether you love the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show or not, there's no question that the models have incredibly fit and toned physiques. They work out hard pre-show, and endure grueling workouts to tighten and tone every single muscle in their bodies before taking to the catwalk in their underwear. Though the VS Fashion Show hasn't been without its share of controversy (it was officially cancelled in 2019 due to declining ratings) we must say that the models who have walked in the show have always been at the top of their fitness game.

If you search YouTube for "Victoria's Secret workout," you'll find tons of videos of gym routines and workouts all promising to give you the body of Bella Hadid and Candice Swanepoel. Some of the models have even taken to starting their own YouTube channels to show off their workouts and give people a glimpse into what it takes to train like a VS Angel. And while I'm not dedicated enough to ever get the body of a Victoria's Secret model, I did wonder what would happen if I were to try every VS workout I could find. Would my fitness actually improve? Would I tone up or slim down, or would I see zero results in return?

Find a rundown of all the workouts I tried (including the ones that worked and the ones that nearly killed me) below…

Sanne Vloet's 20-Minute Full-Body Workout

Equipment: Fitness Gear Resistance Bands ($20), Fitness Gear Neoprene Dumbbells ($2-$20), ankle weights (I didn't use any, but try P.volve's three-pound ankle weights, $30), and a yoga or floor mat (P.volve mat, $20)

Sweat factor: 3/5

Burn factor: 5/5

Alessandra Ambrosio + Tracy Anderson Full Workout

Equipment: Dumbbells (try CAP's pink neoprene dumbbells, $4), ankle weights, and a floor mat

Sweat factor: 4/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Romee Strijd's 15 Minute Ab Workout

Equipment: BOSU ball, $130, (you can do this one at the gym) and a yoga mat

Sweat factor: 2/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Romee Strijd's 15-Minute Butt Workout

Sweat factor: 2/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Victoria's Secret "The Sexiest Core Workout Ever"

Equipment: Jump rope (Crossrope's variety, $68, is weighted for more of a challenge, dumbbells, and a medicine ball (this one, by FitGear, is $30)

Sweat factor: 4/5 (more if you continue the reps for longer)

Burn factor: 3/5

Candice Swanepoel Full-Body Workout

Equipment: Barre (this is a good one to try in the gym—otherwise, hold on to a chair) and a floor mat

Sweat factor: 2/5

Burn factor: 3/5

Adriana Lima Core Workout

Equipment: Fitness bar (Body Solid fitness bar, $44), ankle weights, and a floor mat

Sweat factor: 3/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Train Like An Angel: Runway Butt

Equipment: Floor mat and ankle weights (if you have them)

Sweat factor: 3/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Adriana Lima Arm Workout

Equipment: Dumbbells, fitness bar, and boxing gloves (try TITLE's tie-dye gloves, $50)

Sweat factor: 3/5

Burn factor: 5/5 (my arms are weak!)

Martha Hunt + Body By Simone Workout

Equipment: Resistance band, a towel to use on the floor, and a small exercise trampoline (Pure Fun exercise trampoline, $60)

Sweat factor: 5/5

Burn factor: 4/5

Doutzen Kroes Workout

Equipment: Jump rope and boxing gloves

Sweat factor: 4/5

Burn factor: 2/5

The Final Takeaway

Chloe Burcham tries a Victoria's Secret workout
Chloe Burcham

There's no denying that these workouts are hard. Even though the models in the videos might not break a sweat, I for sure did. Do I look like a Victoria's Secret model at the end of it? No. But do I feel fitter and more toned? Absolutely. At the beginning of said experiment (and having been majorly lax about my gym-going for quite some time), I struggled to do a push-up on my own, but not anymore. My legs, bum and arms all feel more toned. My stomach will always be my problem area, but it too definitely feels less jiggly.

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