Madelaine Petsch Says Her Abs Secret Is Her Trainer's 6-Minute Routine

Jennifer Nied
·4 mins read

From Women's Health

  • Madelaine Petsch shared her favorite type of workout in her latest Body Scan video for Women's Health.

  • The Riverdale actress loves working out her abs, and swears by a six-minute workout.

  • She also follows a vegan diet, with an emphasis on protein.

Madelaine Petsch is truly fascinated by her body. If you've caught an episode of CW's Riverdale, it's not hard to see why. But it goes way beyond the physical.

"The thing I love most about my body is how perplexed I am about all the things it can do," she explained in the latest Body Scan video for Women's Health. "The more I learn about my body the more fascinated I am by it."

Madelaine's also moving that bod a lot. She works out with trainer Stephen Pasterino, creator of Pvolve. Workouts are as much about Madelaine's mental health as they are for her muscles. "The more I move the happier I'll be. I link my mental health to working out."

But still, she's all about the abs, and it shows. "The body part I love exercising the most is my abs. I think that my abs feel the most pain and I love the feeling of being sore."

It doesn't take long for her to Feel. The. Burn. "My trainer does this thing called six-minute abs, which is honestly deathly. They are the hardest thing ever." He doesn't tell me what it is, every minute or 30 seconds he'll switch to a new thing but he'll never tell me because then my brain can't anticipate it."

"I can still feel my workout in my abs and that is *chef's kiss* a beautiful thing."

One pain she's not a fan of: her feet. "I'm always complaining about how bad my feet hurt," she says. Her usual companions, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart, don't suffer the same tootsie torture. "I always ask my stylist for thick heels and platforms."

Madelaine also sticks to a healthy diet. She grew up eating plant-based and continues a vegan lifestyle now. "Protein is something I really have to be aware of in every meal or else my energy levels just go completely down hill."

Surprisingly, Madelaine says she gets her extra protein from pasta. "I really like protein pasta because I'm such a carb fan." Red lentil pasta gets her stamp of approval for protein content and taste. "I need to hit my salivary glands and I also need to hit my protein."

"I always eat breakfast," she says. The rest of the day, when she's on her own, can get away from her. "It'll be 5 p.m. and I haven't had lunch. My energy levels will completely drop. That's where I struggle, making time to eat because I'll forget."

As she's gotten older, she's also learned to embrace her natural hair color. She was the sole redhead in her school. "Typically the things that you're bullied for make you unique. Children were afraid of things that were different because they didn't understand it. It's helped me embrace all the things that make me feel unique and different and special."

Madelaine is all about taking charge of her health. "One of the ways women can make decisions about their bodies is with birth control," she says. "My mom spoke to me when I was ready about my birth control options." It helped Madelaine feel more comfortable and she hopes to educate others so they can experience that openness and confidence, too.

As a result, she partnered with Lo Loestrin Fe as a spokesperson to encourage young women to have open and honest discussions about their birth control options.

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