A brave woman stepped into the boxing ring to try and complete Conor McGregor’s famed cardio workout – and was left in a state of complete and utter exhaustion as a result of the insanely-tough regime.
YouTuber and fitness fanatic Michelle Khare, who has long been a fan of the Irish MMA fighter, stepped into his gloves for a day in a video where she trialed the famed Conor McGregor’s F.A.S.T. training workout, designed to take cardio and aerobic exercises to ‘the next level’.
The video starts with a sneak peak of the workout regimen’s intensity, showing a quick clip of the Los Angeles-based vlogger covered head to toe in sweat, dragging herself across the room with her black boxing gloves, looking utterly defeated.
Sweat and stress: YouTube star Michelle Khare recorded her trial of Conor McGregor’s 12-week F.A.S.T. workout program, which left her cringing with pain and exhaustion
Boxing championess: The 25-year-old Los Angeles vlogger was excited to try out her boxing idol Conor’s notorious workout system which included three cardio workouts for her first day
Work it out! Michelle said her heart was already racing just thinking about the prescribed 30 minute run on the treadmill to gauge her heart rate, that left her panting and slicked with sweat
‘I’m just going to drag myself out the door. This is hard!’ she tells the camera while crawling across the floor, seemingly in agony.
Michelle then explains the format of the mixed martial artist and professional boxer-approved workout routine – and reveals why she decided to attempt the physical feat in the first place.
‘If you’re anything like me you’ve been waiting all summer for the Mayweather and McGregor showdown,’ she says excitedly.
‘I’ve been following Conor on social media for a long time and am super intrigued in his training program so today I’m actually going to be trying his exact cardio conditioning workout.’
Michelle, who often posts videos of health routines and product trials, then takes followers through the first phase called the The Ramp Test.
The first step has her run on the treadmill for 30 minutes to measure her heart rate. That data is then used to personalize her training exercises and create an exercise calendar.
‘My heart rate is already going up just because I’m nervous about being on a treadmill for that long,’ she said before she stepped on the speed machine.
As she ran she looked nervously at the camera in between paces and said, ‘sweats starting to come for sure.’
Fight Night: Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor created his own training system to keep in prime boxing shape for the ring
Conor’s New Workout Plan: The second heavy bags workout (above) proved exhausting for Michelle who threw in some kicks in between sucker punches for her three rounds
Double Take: The boxing fanatic punched with precise movements and threw hard hooks
By the end of the thirty minute treadmill sweat, her braid hair-do was slick and she had no words. She panted away from the machine with a bleak face and towards her water bottle.
But Michelle was not done for the day. She reached a pace of nine mph and input the data into the workout program, which churned out two more cardio workout sessions for the day.
The workouts, designed to keep your heart working at a certain rate, is a method Conor McGregor swears by and he is often seen working out wearing a heart monitor to assure the desired rate is maintained.
‘I think its really cool that it customizes the workout just to you,’ Michelle said, but she found that keeping her rate up was much harder than it looked.
The second workout of the day was to hit the heavy bag room. Michelle strapped on her boxing gloves with confidence and got nose to nose with a hitting bag.
‘This next workout is going to be pretty tough,’ she said the camera.
‘I guess that kind of simulates a UFC round…makes sense,’ she reasoned, comparing her routine to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ring sessions.
The bags may have seemed daunting but she hit the bags like an expert with quick movements, her feet bopping as she bared her teeth, threw in some kicks, and punched with quick breathing tactics.
Totally floored! During the brief breaks in between rounds Michelle crumpled onto the ground
Wipe out! Michelle gave a sign of surrender when she completed all the bag sessions telling her fans that if the cameras weren’t rolling, she would not be doing this intense workout
The bag session lasted for three four-minute long-rounds, with the challenge of keeping her heart rate racing at over 166 beats per minute.
‘It was hard. I felt like an animal, just trying harder and harder. I don’t think my form was super great because I was just trying to get my heart rate up,’ she said.
During one of her three-minute long breaks in between sessions she crumpled against the wall while slicked with sweat.
‘Even if he doesn’t win the fight…mad respect,’ she said on Conor’s showdown with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.
Even as she punched, she brushed the haters off saying ‘before the commentors come after me for my form, I know my form isn’t great. I’m trying,’ she said before grunting and finishing her last hits.
When her friend called time, she collapsed with a groan.
‘That second round on the bag I just felt like a tiger,’ she said with a roar.
‘It feels really good to just beat up a bag,’ she added.
By the end she sprawled on the ground, totally wrecked from her session.
‘That was ridiculously hard,’ she panted.
‘It’s okay, you don’t have to be perfect! I’m glad you guys are here with me sharing this, because otherwise I would not do this,’ she added to the camera.
Rowing Goals: The last workout, but not least, was to complete five rounds of rowing
Perspiring in pink: Michelle shared it was hard to reach the ideal heart rate on the row machine
Ring ready! At the end of the day she was drained and covered in sweat, but said enjoyed Conor’s boxing conditioning routine because the workouts were shorter while challenging
The last workout of the day was a series of rowing intervals which consisted of five 30 second rounds on the rowing machine, where her heart rate needed to stay in the red zone of over 175 bpm.
‘The rowing’s fine. I definitely think the bag was harder. But there is something about this machine that makes it hard to keep my heart rate up. I’m going to try harder this next round,’ she said in between rounds.
At the end of the day Michelle was exhausted from taking on her role model’s routine, however she did like that the workouts were short and challenging, made good use of cardio equipment, and used a data monitoring system to track her progress over time.
But she was left in awe of just how hard boxers like Conor actually train.
‘What we did was a small window into that training…this was just his cardio conditioning,’ she said.
‘I think the hardest workout for me was the bag intervals but I really appreciated the challenge,’ she added.
She ended the video hilariously saying, ‘Man I’m ready for dinner you guys, and I’m covered in sweat.’
The young vlogger was all worked out from the day and did not specify if she’d continue the exhausting workout challenge after the day.