Today host Al Roker warns “this could go wrong quickly” as he faces an intense challenge on live television after struggling with health
TODAY star Al Roker has warned things “could go wrong quickly” after facing an intense challenge on Wednesday’s episode of the morning show.
In the latest Today show, Al, 68, demonstrated on-air workout routines and showed off his vitality after recently struggling with health issues.
During the Start Today segment, the weatherman worked out with talk show fitness contributor Stephanie Mansour while she went through exercises people could do at home.
With Stephanie was Kathy, a heart disease survivor who had a heart transplant five years ago.
As she enjoys walking, Kathy took part in the Start Today Walking Challenge last June for the “inspirational community”.
The NBC personality explained during Start Today that he wants to “focus on heart health” for February.
Al also “encouraged” fans to join the Start Today Walking Club by scanning the QR code he showed on the air.
Stephanie then chimed in, revealing that she wanted to focus on “strength training” for Heart Healthy Month.
“Research actually shows that you get more benefits for your heart when you combine cardio with strength training,” Stephanie said.
She then began demonstrating “upper body” exercises along with Al and Kathy, both of whom used dumbbells for the routine.
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They first did the W press, which worked their shoulders and upper back, then they did the V lift, which worked their shoulders and core.
Things got tricky for the TV star when Stephanie switched into the goddess pose, which worked her inner thighs, glutes and quads.
As they crouched, Al admitted, “Things could go wrong fast,” while nervously continuing to mimic Stephanie.
Although Al was skeptical about the goddess pose, he seemed strong enough to make it just as effective as Stephanie’s other exercise routines.
BACK TO NORMAL
From the segment, it appeared that the news anchor was back and super healthy.
Al was originally hospitalized in November 2022 after blood clots were discovered in his legs and lungs.
Due to ill health, Al was absent from the morning show from mid-November until his return in early January.
Earlier this month, Al opened up about his condition today, including revealing he had to undergo a grueling seven-hour operation to “fix a bunch of internal things.”
He said, “Look, I had two complicated things. I had blood clots which they think appeared after I had COVID in September.
“And then I had this internal bleeding, I lost half my blood. They were trying to find out where it was.”
He also joked that he “went in for surgery” and “got four for free.”
Deborah Roberts, 62, Al’s wife, was beside him as he spoke and chimed in with more details.
“Al was a very, very, very sick man … most people didn’t know that,” Deborah added.
“Two doctors led this brilliant team – it was a team – that needed to figure out what was going on. He was a medical mystery for a few weeks. And it was the turbulent, scary journey we found ourselves on.
“It hasn’t escaped our notice that being here is a big, big deal for Al.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/7284283/today-host-al-roker-takes-on-intense-challenge-tv/ Today host Al Roker warns “this could go wrong quickly” as he faces an intense challenge on live television after struggling with health