The American Idol alum opens up about her workout routine while on the road with a toddler — and how she's prepping for the CMAs!

By Jeff Nelson
October 26, 2016 06:15 PM
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Between her showstopping concerts and chasing after a toddler, Carrie Underwood is in the best shape of her life.

“When we are on the road, my day is me doing a show, me being a mom — and those worlds colliding,” the singer says in the new issue of PEOPLE.

Since launching her 11-month Storyteller Tour in January, the American Idol alum has revved up her fitness regimen.

“My shows are intense physically, and I’m running around all over the place and singing at the same time: I need to be able to do that; I need to feel like, ‘I got this,'” says Underwood, 33, whose 20-month-old son Isaiah Michael joins her on the road. “He’s getting faster and bigger. He’s running and climbing and jumping off stuff at me!”

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So to maintain her sleek physique, the working mom and her trainer, Eve Overland, travel with a mobile gym pulled by a Ford F-150 on tour. (“It’s my splurge!” she says.)

“We usually work out for 1.5 to two hours a day,” Underwood says. “That’s warmup and cool down. It really is time for me.”

As for motivation? “I like having goals, like, the CMAs are coming up,” adds the star, who will cohost the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards with pal Brad Paisley on Nov. 2.

“I have a lot of gorgeous dresses to wear. I’m still working on fittings; I need to get my hair done — Momma’s got to kick it into high gear!”

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In addition to her music and mommy duties, the star recently unveiled another collection from her Calia athletic line.

“We try to tailor these things for the busy, do-it-all ladies, myself included,” says Underwood, who showed off the duds at a Dick’s Sporting Goods grand opening in Houston last week.

And though she induces #BodyGoals every time she walks onstage or shares a snap on Instagram, the singer still indulges in a cheat day now and then.

“Hockey season is upon us,” says Underwood, whose husband Mike Fisher, 36, plays for the Nashville Predators. “I enjoy hockey season and eating junk food at the games: nachos, pizza, a glass of wine or beer!

The CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 8-11 p.m. EST on ABC.

  • Reporting by HEATHER STABILE