Physique 57 asked me to write a client testimonial for their website because of the great results I had using their dvds at home. If you missed my first post professing my love for Physique 57, it is here. Here is what I wrote:
I first heard about Physique 57 from US Weekly magazine not long after I had my 2nd child in June of 2009. I had only ever done one other barre type workout and was definitely interested in trying Physique 57. I clipped the page out and made mental note to check it out once I was a few more months post partum. Fast forward to 6 months later and I had not lost a single pound from the day I left the hospital after my c-section. I had been doing lots of other more athletic, plyometric type workouts that included jumping jacks, squat thrusts, etc. My knees were hating me and I was definitely not getting results. Literally, I did not lose A pound. I ordered Physique 57 in February of 2010 and couldn’t wait to jump right in and get started with them. When I first started, I could barely squeeze into my “fat” jeans – they were tight. And my “skinny” jeans (2 sizes smaller than my “fat” jeans) were no where near fitting. I could barely even pull them on, let alone zip and button them.
When I first started doing Physique 57, I couldn’t believe how tough the videos were. I started out following the beginner modifier and often had to stop and take breaks to shake out my legs. The thigh section of the workout was the most intense leg work I had ever done before in a workout. My legs would shake uncontrollably for most of the thigh and seat portions, which I learned was a good thing. It meant that my muscles were working to the point of exhaustion and getting stronger and leaner. The warm up was also very tough to complete. I remember thinking the first time I did the workout, “that was just the warm up?!” I wanted to collapse after that and it was just the warm up! But I enjoy a good challenge and looked forward to the day I could do all the pushups on my toes with Shelly Knight (the advanced modifier). I also had trouble completing the ab section. I remember thinking I was in trouble when Tanya Becker said, “you can do anything for 60 seconds.” I certainly couldn’t do it right off the bat! But I knew if I kept at it, I could. The stretch portion of the DVD was always such a relief to get to. The music is so soothing and the stretches always felt amazing after all the hard work I had just completed. The 57 minutes of the Classic workout always flew by and before I knew it, I was sitting on my couch feeling accomplished and wiped at the same time. I always loved the feeling of “jell-o legs” when I was done. It meant it was working.
I also loved the mental boost I would get from it. The workout was so intense and I always felt like if I could get through that, I could tackle the rest of the day no problem! Physique 57 always has a way with clearing my mind and setting me up for a wonderful day once I had completely one of the workouts. I really can’t compare it to any other workout – it has been the only one to give me that kind of “high.” I was definitely addicted to it.
Within a few weeks, my jeans started feeling looser and I was pleased with what I was seeing in the mirror as well. I’m a stay at home mom, so I live in yoga pants most of the time. I would try my jeans on once a week to see how they were fitting. Each week, my “fat” jeans got looser and my “skinny” jeans got closer to fitting. 1.5 months after starting Physique 57, I was shocked when my “skinny” jeans fit me again. I had never seen a workout work so fast. It really was amazing. Since then, I have gained a lot of strength in both my upper and lower body and have continued to shrink all over. I can now do all the pushups on my toes (and even on one leg!) and I follow Shelly for the entire workout. I have to laugh now when Tanya says, “its okay to take a break” because I very vividly remember thinking to myself, “Yes please!” and taking that break when I first started. And when she says that you can do anything for 60 seconds – I totally can now! Physique 57 really made me believe in myself and see how strong I am mentally and physically. I love when I introduce someone who hasn’t done it before to Physique 57 and they tell me how hard it is and how they don’t think they will EVER be able to do the whole thing without stopping. I tell them to just keep going and believe in themselves and before they know it – they will be at this place too. Thank you Physique 57 for giving me my pre-baby body back, a renewed strength in both mind and body and a love for barre workouts! This really has changed my body for the better and I couldn’t thank you enough!