Kaley Cuoco's Workout Routine, Diet Plan & Supplements

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Published by Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer
Last updated: May 10, 2024
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The Big Bang Theory alum may be best known as "Penny," but her incredible abs have always been in the spotlight.

Since Kaley is more than honest when it comes to how hard it is to get the abs of steel, I decided to follow her on social media, see what she does and share it here with you.

So, buckle up; here's what you'll need to do if you want Penny's abs!

Kaley Cuoco's Fitness Journey

Kaley Cuoco's career and fitness journey took an interesting turn in March 2023 when she welcomed her daughter, Matilda.

Remarkably, just five weeks later, she was back on her treadmill, emphasizing the benefits of incline for muscles and circulation.

Before her postpartum workout journey, Kaley's impressive abs consistently garnered attention on and off the screen. Before delving into the workout routine that shaped her abs, let's explore her stats.

  • Age: 38
  • Height: 5 feet, 6 inches
  • Weight: 129 lbs
  • Waist: 24 inches
  • Chest: 34 inches

 

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Kaley Cuoco's Workout Routine

woman doing squats, and another woman doing planks

Kaley has mentioned time and again that she’s obsessed with hot yoga and SoulCycling. She works out five times a week, sometimes even more, with her trainer George C. King.

Kaley Cuoco's HIIT Workout

Kaley Cuoco's HIIT-focused workout routine incorporates three rotating ab workout routines, with a dedicated warm-up that includes stretching. Here are the details for each:

Circuit Number One:

Kaley does three rounds of the circuit with two-minute breaks between each round.

  • Ten close grip push ups
  • 30-second plank
  • 20 seconds of mountain climbers
  • 15 squat jumps

Circuit Number Two:

Kaley does five rounds of the circuit with two-minute breaks between each round.

  • 20 v-ups
  • 15 plank to push ups
  • Ten jumping lunges
  • Five burpees

Circuit Number Three:

Kaley does one round of the circuit.

  • 60 seconds of plank
  • 50 air squats
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 30 bodyweight rows
  • 20 knee ups
  • Ten burpees

Yoga, SoulCycle, and Horses

Kaley Cuoco LOVES hot yoga. She says the classes make her feel great and does them five times a week.

She sometimes mixes things up and adds in a couple of SoulCycle classes, and she also goes horseback riding, which is another excellent workout.

Her Workout Principles

woman in a yoga position, and another woman giving a thumbs up

Kaley Cuoco's workout principles revolve around her preference for yoga, which she found to be the most appealing among various exercises like running and Pilates.

Despite being a fitness enthusiast, she acknowledges the challenges of maintaining a consistent routine.

“Sometimes do I want to get up in the morning and do it? No, but when I get out, I feel like a million bucks.”

- Kaley Cuoco

However, as she recognizes the changes in her body with age, she has begun paying closer attention to her fitness routine.

Kaley Cuoco’s Diet Plan

Kaley Cuoco maintains a generally clean diet, keeping an eye on her calorie intake, but occasionally indulges in treats like a grilled sandwich, fries, and a shake from In-N-Out Burger.

Her daily menu typically includes:

  • Breakfast: Apple and peanut butter on toast or oats with fruits and skimmed milk
  • Lunch: A vegetarian Subway sandwich with onions and jalapenos
  • Dinner: Fish and vegetables

Kaley frequently includes vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, cheese, bread, tofu, apples, and fish in her diet.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to change my food intake,” the actress explains. “My husband, Ryan, eats so much. When we first got married, it was so much fun to eat like him. We got into this habit we called the bedtime snack. The drawers next to the bed were filled with candy. Eventually, I realized it was mindless eating. I was just doing it because he was doing it, and it was adding hundreds of calories I didn’t even think about. So I cut that out.”

- Kaley Cuoco

Diet and Nutrition Principles

Kaley Cuoco adheres to a diet primarily consisting of whole, natural, and healthy foods, with a focus on portion control. As a pescatarian, she avoids meat but includes fish occasionally.

To maintain dietary discipline, Kaley eliminated tempting items like soda, sugary cereal, and chips from her cabinets.

“I have to have a cheat day. I know when I’m being good all week long that come Sunday, I’m going to lie by the pool, have a drink, and eat some pizza. Then I wake up on Monday morning and I’m all ready to start the week again. I’m just going to be in a bad mood all the time if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.”

- Kaley Cuoco

While she doesn't shy away from carbs, she aims to consume them earlier in the day, and aside from fish, she abstains from animal proteins.

What Supplements Does She Take?

supplement capsules and pill in stack

Kaley Cuoco incorporates various supplements into her workout routine:

Research from the National Institute of Health indicates that BCAAs can contribute to decreasing muscle soreness, resulting from micro-tears caused by physical activity [1].

As a fitness trainer, I often recommend such supplements to my clients, as they can significantly beneficial for building lean muscle mass, minimizing exercise fatigue, and preventing muscle waste.


Reference:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7810616/
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer
Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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