While the internet rages over Khloe Kardashian’s “Revenge Body” workout, I wanted to take the opportunity to share what home workout I have been using lately to stay healthy and happy.
Some background: I have been in exile from the gym, where running shoes are a must, because I left both pairs of mine at the family home over the holidays. I will be getting these back soon, but I haven’t missed a beat without them thanks to Mary Helen Bowers.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, this might: she is the creator of Ballet Beautiful, a former New York City Ballet dancer and fitness trainer to fashion models like Miranda Kerr, and she helped Natalie Portman train for her stunning performance in the film Black Swan. Ballet Beautiful, her fitness program, is based on low impact, ballet-like body weight movements at painfully high repetitions (I mean it!), which work well to build long, lean muscles—just like a dancer’s.
The really good news is that Mary has partnered with BeFit and created short segments (8-17 minute) totalling 60 minutes of workout time for different body parts. They are available on Youtube, here. This makes it possible for us all to get an idea of what Ballet Beautiful is about, even if we don’t live in New York City, where group classes are offered, or own the paid program.
It took me less than two sessions of home Ballet Beautiful to become a fan. While I feel very challenged during each workout, I love being able to get up the next day without feeling like I’ve lost half my range of mobility (I can go down stairs, lift my arms and everything!) and then get back at it again the next night.
Ballet Beautiful even has its own Youtube channel, with informative videos like an introduction to ballet muscles to useful tips like how to foam roll after one of Helen’s tough workouts. There’s even a chic series of videos titles “That Ballerina Style.” Here’s one of my favourites:
What do you do in a fitness pinch? Let me know if you try any of the workout videos I’ve linked. The abdominal one takes just eight minutes!