Women’s Health's new series of WH LIVE+ events feature appearances from your favorite trainers, celebrities, and experts.
The next event, happening Oct. 6, will feature Amanda Kloots leading a full-body interval workout and a conversation with Women's Health's editor-in-chief Liz Plosser.
Amanda will share how she’s cultivated resilience and grit in 2020 since the passing of her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, of COVID-19.
If anyone knows how to just keep going amid trauma and tragedy, it's Amanda Kloots. The fitness entrepreneur and actress relied on faith and fitness during her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero's, battle with COVID-19 and subsequent death at age 41.
Now, Amanda's sharing what she learned in a special WH Live+ event on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. She'll lead her new AK! TTMW full-body workout, which challenges the body and mind using two-minute intervals that will leave you sweat-soaked and happy by the end.
Afterward, she’ll talk about the power of positivity and how she’s cultivated resilience and grit in 2020 (all while growing her own online fitness business) with Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser. Prepare for all the feels. This event is free and is powered by Athleta as part of a series that will also feature a workout and conversation with Denise and Katie Austin. You can register here for both events.
Here's a snapshot of what Amanda has endured in 2020—and how prioritizing her health helped her get through trying times:
Amanda’s husband, Nick Cordero, was hospitalized in March.
Amanda and doctors can't pinpoint exactly how he caught COVID-19. "It's almost impossible to know, unfortunately," she told the New York Times in an interview.
When he became sick in March, he was originally misdiagnosed with pneumonia, and Amanda dropped him off at the hospital on March 30. He was admitted to the ICU, and put on a ventilator April 1. Amanda wrote: "My whole world has stopped."
But, her workouts didn't. She shared on Instagram: "I let myself feel it, complain about it and then I pull my leggings on and start jumping, skipping, and smiling!"
He was eventually diagnosed with COVID-19.
After two negative novel coronavirus tests and a week in the ICU, a third test came back positive on April 6, per CTV News. Nick had no pre-existing health conditions, yet he experienced months of unpredictable symptoms as his body fought the virus.
Amanda encouraged everyone to dance and sing to Nick's song "Live Your Life" while he was in a coma.
Amanda told the New York Times, "if anything's going to wake him up, it's going to be the whole world singing his song."
"I’m smiling and singing in his room everyday," she wrote on Instagram. "I’m just not going to mope around and feel sad for myself or him. That is not what Nick would want me to do. That is not my personality. I fight and I will continue to fight for Nick every single day."
Throughout it all, Amanda continued to rely on her regular workouts to help her stay in a positive frame of mind. "In times of trauma you want to curl up into a ball and hide, but my motto has always been to do the exact opposite. Exercise always make me feel better."
Now more than ever I’m reminded how important it is to be grateful for the ability to move your body if you can. In times of trauma you want to curl up into a ball and hide, but my motto has always been to do the exact opposite. Exercise always make me feel better. It’s a way to relieve stress and anxiety, to fill my body with endorphins, get my blood flowing and oxygen released to my muscles. I very rarely leave a workout sad, depressed, or wanting to cry. I leave feeling stronger, happier and with a smile on my face. Today I am demonstrating my BPM (beats per minute) jump rope workout. As you increase your skills you can start jumping to the beat of a song. The more jumps, the faster your heart beats, and the more calories you burn! Also, as your skills grow - jumping to the beat of a song is a fun challenge because you see yourself improve! What a way to motivate yourself in quarantine. Have a go and JUMP, SKIP, SMILE! ⠀ BPM JUMP WORKOUT 120 Pink - Raise Your Glass 130 Black Eyed Peas - I’ve Got A Feeling 140 David Guetta - Titanium 150 club is where I’m at 160 OutKast - Hey Yeah 170 Avril Lavinge - Happy Ending 180 Oasis - Wonder Wall 190 Greenday - American idiot
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She also turned to prayer. "I don't know how I would have gotten through without my faith and prayer," she told the New York Times.
Nick died of COVID-19 complications after 95 days in the hospital.
Though her husband woke up from his medically induced coma in mid-May, he continued to struggle with severe complications as a result of the disease. "It just felt like he could never catch a break," she told the New York Times.
God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀ I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday. ⠀ To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you. Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough. ⠀ ⠀ I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love , support and help we’ve received these last 95 days. You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, “they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,” I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man. ❤️
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Amanda shared the sad news on July 5: "God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."
"I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him."
Amanda started playing tennis to help with her grief.
The fitness instructor has been sharing how she's coping while mourning her husband's death, and also parenting their 1-year-old son as a single mom. She's relying on regular workouts—and a new hobby—to get her through the days.
"I just got home from my tennis lesson and I have to tell you, I am just loving it so much," she shared on Instagram stories in August. "I love that I get to leave the house, move my body, sweat, focus and think about something completely new and different. It's really, really helping me."
Every day, as I process this loss more and more, I realize new things that are hitting me on a daily basis. Today it was that I lost our family. I lost my husband. Elvis lost his father, but today I realized we lost our family. We didn’t really even get to be a family. We won’t have those memories that I dreamed of since Elvis was born. This hit me hard. It stung like a horrible bug bite actually. The pain of everything has recently begun to stop me in my tracks. I’ll be doing something and I freeze, unable to think or move. My gut aches, it actually aches deeper than I ever knew it could. ⠀ I am saying this tonight in hopes that if anyone else can relate, know that I’m here with you. If anyone else feels this pain, you are not alone. Grieving is a journey we all do differently. Talking about it when I have the strength is helping me. I don’t always have the strength, sometimes I can’t talk at all. There are no answers. There is no right or wrong. I can only allow myself the time and the process and be honest with that. 🤍
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Learn more about Amanda's story by registering for her WH Live + event on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.
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