Lengthen & strengthen with Physique 57
We’re hitting up the popular celebrity barre class, Physique 57, to learn how Reese Witherspoon got her pre-pregnancy bod back.
Physique 57 currently has five studios: three in New York, one in the Hamptons and the Beverly Hills location we tried out. But you don’t have to live close to try the workout. We’ve recruited the help of trainer Katie Warner-Johnson, who showed us five moves you can do at home to reap Reese’s rewards.
This workout is perfect for any new mommy who wants to get back into a fitness regime safely.
Try the workout
The swivel chair
Face a bar or heavy piece of furniture. Hold your heels and knees together. Lift your thighs and bend your knees slightly. Then swivel your knees at a 45 degree angle from the bar and lightly take hold of the bar, then pulse. Repeat for eight to 10 reps on each side.
This works your quads, hamstrings and core.
Face your bar, holding with a light grip, and start with your heels together and turned out. Then hinge at the waist, keeping your chest lifted. Drop one leg behind the other into a "curtsey." Pulse slowly for about 10 beats, then fast for about 20. Repeat on the other side.
This works your quads, glutes and hamstrings.
Grab a playground ball and press it between your knees with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees, holding your tailbone back and chest forward. Keeping a light grip on the bar, pulse up and down for about 10 beats. Then hold still and squeeze the ball between your knees for 10 beats. Repeat three times.
This works your inner thighs and back muscles.
Start sitting on the floor. Put your left shin in front of you at a 90 degree angle. Grab hold of your right ankle and pull your thigh back as far as it will go. With your fingertips lightly on the floor in front of you, try to lift your knee off of the ground and pulse up for about 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
This works the butt, back, hips and core.
Start sitting on the ground, with a small pillow supporting your lower back and a playground ball in front of you. Place your toes on the ball and begin to roll the ball down as you roll your spine down and lift your arms overhead. Return to start. Repeat for 10 reps, two to three times.
This works the entire abdominal region.
For more great Physique 57 moves, head over to their website where you can try more online workouts, or purchase their home DVD set.
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