Mission: Can I Get Kelly Ripa's Body?
One writer's journey to find strength (and a thinner waistline?) through the celebrity-worshiped fitness workout, Physique 57
How Ripa gets rippedWhat is this workout and how does it get Ripa into crazy shape? This is what I want to know before committing. I do some research and make some calls (remember, on most days I'm not just a couch potato, but also a journalist).
One measly Google search and I find out that Physique 57 is worshiped not only by Ripa, but models like Christy Turlington … great, I'm going to fit right in. I then watch a video of Martha Stewart giving it a go and relax a bit. If Martha can do it, surely I will be OK.
I gather the basics: Physique opened its doors to hip Manhattanites in 2006, and is based on the popular "Lotte Berk Method," a combination of strength-training, dance, and orthopedic stretches created in the 1950s by a former well-known ballet dancer. It was co-founded by Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi, a dance enthusiast, Columbia MBA, and former Wall Street professional (pssh, not intimidating), and Tanya Becker, one of the foremost instructors of "The Lotte Berk Method" for more than a decade. It now has droves of fans and devoted followers all claiming unique, rapid results from the low-impact workout and thanks to so many clamoring for it, Physique opened new studios in New York and Los Angeles and came out with a series of fitness DVDs.
But more importantly, I wanted to know if this workout would work for me:
Fun dancing and ballet integration that's likely to keep me interested: Check.
Low impact, which is easier on my joints: Check.
Unique, rapid results: Double check.
Alright, where do I sign up?
SEE NEXT PAGE: And so it begins