Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel puts her money where her wisecracking mouth is. Her Body by Bethenny workout is an excellent, well-balanced yoga-focused workout that anyone at any level of fitness can try and gain results from. Frankel, who''s written several guides to being a "SkinnyGirl" and has gained fame as a celebrity chef, reinventing fattening traditional recipes to be lower-fat and more healthful, works the exercise portion of her sleekness every bit as much as the diet. In Body by Bethenny Frankel works out, and kibitzes, with yoga instructor Kristin McGee in a 40-minute routine that will be familiar to anyone who''s taken a basic yoga class, yet which manages to be extra challenging with its brisk pace and levels of suggested poses. Frankel fans will laugh out loud when in the middle of doing the challenging workout herself, she cracks wise like she does on her reality TV shows. (When McGee demonstrates "back namaste" pose, with the hands held together, as if in prayer, up the middle of the back, Frankel says, "So I can say I did something religious today.") The rest of the workout is a short but challenging weights/strength-training section, and a bonus five-minute "Booty Blast" that features bun exercises that can be done anywhere. Taken altogether, the workout is challenging, enjoyable, and doable by almost anyone--and the hour really flies by. Bonus features include some of Frankel''s mouthwatering recipes, including her deliciously updated version of spinach-artichoke dip. Namaste, SkinnyGirls. --A.T. Hurley
"People keep asking me how I get in shape, and this is what I do." --Bethenny Frankel
Unleash your best body as you work out with Bethenny Frankel, celebrated natural food chef, TV star, and New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish.
Bethenny keeps her slim figure with simple, realistic exercise routines like this one. Celebrity instructor Kristin McGee joins Bethenny for a 40-minute yoga program that stretches and strengthens the entire body. You’ll get toned abs, thighs, glutes, and arms while increasing flexibility and balance. Follow it up with a focused, 10-minute strength-training segment to sculpt lean muscles and increase your metabolism. Then finish off with the 5-minute Booty Blast to learn fun moves you can do anywhere for a tight, firm behind.
Bethenny champions a down-to-earth approach to exercise that fits your lifestyle. No matter your size, shape, or fitness level, this program will work for you. You are a true "skinnygirl" when you feel your healthiest, so trust yourself, enjoy yourself, and make Bethenny’s workout your own.
Equipment needed: light hand weights and a mat
A certified personal trainer, Pilates master, and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee has worked with numerous celebrity clients and starred in several bestselling exercise DVDs.
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