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
Does the crying mean it's working?After two weeks of Physique 57 classes, attending five times a week (the recommended amount to see results), I am spent. My body hurts. Everywhere. I'm physically and even emotionally drained by the rigorous routine I've been dragging myself to after work. One day I will feel stronger, and the next, it feels like I'm back to square one. I'm starting to get pissed.
This is where I typically give up and tell myself it's too hard. Frustrated by still not being able to make it through the thigh section without "cheating" (resting or flubbing my form) and not capable of doing a proper pushup, I storm out of class. I plead with myself for a reason to stay, to keep going, to quiet the fat, lazy person that wants so badly to take over my life. My face flushes and I feel hot, stormy tears threaten my cheeks -- why is it that one day I feel great, and the next, awful?
"Everybody builds endurance and stamina differently," says Becker. "Some clients are able to attend every day and others find that coming every other day suits their lifestyle best," she says to comfort me. I'm not comforted and decide to call in the big guns.
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