class review: physique 57 F.I.T. online workout
Have you ever felt the glute-busting burn of a barre class? Or the slow fire that builds in your thighs while you perform tiny pulses that seem like they should be incredibly easy? Well if you have or you haven’t and you love it or you hate it, there is a way to experience this kind of workout in the comfort of your own home. Enter the Physique 57 online workout series.
Physique 57 describes their method as
an innovative workout program that combines isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches to systematically lengthen and sculpt your muscles and create a beautiful, lean body. Our process is similar to interval training, but we’ve taken that concept to the next level to make it even more effective.
Physique 57’s interval sets use your body’s own weight as resistance, and through dynamic exercises, your muscles are targeted and overloaded to the point of fatigue, then stretched for relief. We call this groundbreaking process Interval Overload which includes muscle-defining arm exercises, intense thigh and seat sequences, waist-chiseling ab moves and fluid stretches.”
While there are super popular studio locations in New York City, Beverly Hills, and the Hamptons, Physique 57 has begun to expand their presence to more non-glamorous locations through the sale of their DVDs and online workouts. I actually was not aware that they offered such things, so when I heard about the online workouts through #Fitblog Chats, I knew I had to try it. Spending a mere five dollars and avoiding the $36 studio drop-in fee was enough to get me sweating.
I chose the Physique 57 F.I.T. (Focused Interval Training) Toning & Sculpting workout video. This is a 33-minute video that targets “trouble spots” like triceps, abs, and glutes. One of the things I appreciated was that they had a brief but efficient warm-up. I dislike workout videos that spend too much time on warming up and not enough time on the actual workout. Tanya Becker, the Physique 57 co-founder, leads the workout and elegantly reminds you that the posture you have in the next thirty minutes is the posture you will have all day. She continues to stress the importance of opening your chest and paying attention to your posture throughout the video.
Onto the real meat of the workout, the toning and sculpting. The workout calls for light weights (two to three pounds depending on fitness level) and a Physique 57 exercise ball. Since I obviously do not own said exercise ball, I opted for our slightly deflated soccer ball. It seemed to work just fine.
The video progresses from squat pulses to lunges to curtsy lunges all while performing toning moves with your arms and the light weights. I’m not going to lie, my body was screaming for a break–your glutes start to seize up a bit but that’s the magic working. Struggle through it. There is a lot of focus on the triceps but that seems reasonable as most Physique 57 devotees are looking for the slender ballet body that this program and other barre programs promise. No ballerinas have flappy bat-wing arms, so triceps toning is vital.
One line that had me giggle was when Tanya told me that doing one of the moves in the video would allow me to kiss my “cankles” goodbye. For those of you out of the loop, a cankle is a thick, tree-trunk-like ankle (calf + ankle = cankle). I thought genetics were purely to blame for such an unfortunate ankle situation, but apparently some simple exercises will remedy the horror that is the cankle. Ladies and gents, there is hope!
All in all, I would recommend purchasing the workout if you are considering adding a barre program to your fitness regimen. It allows you to test out the sometimes-awkward body positions without the embarrassment of being a beginner at a studio class and flailing around the room. Tanya has great energy and with her enthusiasm, the up-tempo music, and the supremely gorgeous exercise assistants in head-to-toe lululemon, I felt like I was traveling back in time to an old school aerobics class. The girl-power attitude was palpable. That being said, the workout is no joke. One Physique 57 online workout video provides a peek behind the door of what Hamptonites and housewives of Beverly Hills are doing to build and maintain their smokin’ bodies, and boy is it tough! The company offers a few other videos on their website, so let me know if any of you try them!
The Fit Chronicles was not compensated for this post in any way. All opinions are my own.