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BIKINI BOOTCAMP: KILLER CLAM

posted by Elshane on Apr 10 2014, under Health/Fitness

As you might have (*cough *cough, hopefully, hello is anyone out there?!?) noticed, I'm all about ABS! I live for a lovely lady with three vertical lines. Real girl interpretation= cut abs straight down your center, and left and right obliques. Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce...

Follow along for a deep lower abs belly burn, aka, the feel better in a bikini "Killer Clam"...

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{BIKINI BOOTCAMP} PHYSIQUE 57 WORKOUT

posted by Elshane on Jun 1 2015, under Health/Fitness

That time I {ultra-fabulously} popped out of my wedding cake in near sheer nudeness? Those bikini beach selfies

The belly shirts. The mini skirts. The crop tops. The underwear as outerwear. The tight dresses. The confidence.
 
I can thank Physique 57's workout studio for all of these moments!
 
Physique, as most nickname it, is a form of interval training mixed with ballet-inspired movements, cardio and strength training, and stretch relief, all in the sake of lengthening and leaning your bod!
 
I've been a devoted member of the tribe for three years now, and if you think it gets easier by the year, well, it doesn't.  It's one of those workouts where the more you do it, the harder it gets. These movements are so small and defined, that it takes true devotion to understand your own body and how it works. And just when you think you've figured it out, they change up the movements on you!
I grind away at the Physique 57 studios in New York City, Los Angeles, and the Hamptons, and now I see that they've opened in Dubai and Bangkok, as well!
 
But, if you don't live in any of these areas, they sell videos so you can do the workout at home in your living room with your girls. I've done this a few times with friends and it proves to be quite the intense and rewarding workout scenario! (Sidenote, I drag my husband to class every once in a while and he sweats like I've never seen before! It's amazing how hard this workout is for men.)
 
Check out the Physique 57 website to see class, package, and video options in your area! I dare you to allow Physique to sculpt you a six-pack in time for summer. :)
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RECLAIMING MY PRE-BABY BODY: PHYSIQUE 57

posted by Elshane on Aug 2 2016, under Health/Fitness

I'll be the first to admit that I was nervous about what pregnancy could do to my body. Fitness has always been important to me, and being fit has always been a major part of my identity.

I enlisted myself in a 57 day challenge with Physique 57 the moment my doctor gave me the thumbs up to work out again at 6 weeks post partum. I had done barre-inspired workouts for years and I always knew they were the best for my body type. The mix of ballet-inspired movements with small intervals of light cardio had always been a successful way for me to stay lean and toned. 

So the question remained... would 4 days per week of Physique 57 workouts for 57 consecutive days be enough to reclaim my pre-baby body?

At 6 weeks post partum, I was 10 lbs away from my pre-baby weight. I had love handles, a bit of extra "skin" ;) on my belly, my hips were wider, and my thighs were bigger than normal. I could sort of fit into my jeans, but only the stretchy ones. But I wouldn't dare wear any of them because I didn't feel thin enough to wear pants. 

In Physique 57, a large part of the workout emphasizes core, which as many of you know, is at the root of my postpartum recovery issues. I have Diastasis Recti (my abdomen split in half during pregnancy and is still working to reconnect), but the instructors are all well-trained in Diastasis Recti and pregnancy in general, so they were able to offer me safe modified abdominal workouts. 

Other than core, Physique 57 focuses heavily on butt and thighs, with a light arms section in the beginning. The movements are small and refined, allowing you to carefully tone each part of your body while actually having fun and listening to pop music. Squatting and pulsing to Rihanna and Beyonce is always a thumbs up in my books!

So the results... did I drop the 10 lbs???

 

I lost 7 lbs in those 57 days. I regained my 6-pack and now fit into all of my jeans again. I'm still fighting to loose these stubborn last 3 lbs, but I know I'm closer than ever. Physique 57 chopped off nearly all of my final baby weight, and now it's up to me to finish what I started.

For being not even 4 months post-partum, I'm pretty proud of my recovery. Blame it on summertime and bikinis... but I can promise you that I'll loose the rest by end of summer.

Or at least try...

Are you interested in trying Physique 57? There are studios in New York City, the Hamptons, and Beverly Hills, and they're offering the first class free with code P57EW at checkout on their website.

If you don't live in one of these cities, or simply don't have the time to leave the house for a workout (shout out to all the times I did my very own P57 workouts from my living room floor streaming through my television while my baby was napping in the morning), you can score 2 weeks of free video on demand by using the code P57EW at checkout of the Video On Demand section on their site!

 

Photographs taken at the Beverly Hills Physique 57 studio by Sabrina Hill.

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