Tala Samman, Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel, Christy Turlington, and Reese Witherspoon — these are just some of the fit and fabulous ladies who are big fans of Physique 57, which is hardly surprising seeing as you can expect your body to change after just eight sessions. A hardcore barre workout which uses your own body weight as resistance, it tones and elongates every muscle, raises your heart rate, increases stamina, and leaves you stronger and leaner than ever before.
Savoir Flair sat down with three of Physique 57’s leading ladies to find out their top tips on keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi, Owner, Co-Founder, and CEO, Tanya Becker, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Programming and Training, and Maryam Fattahi Salaam, Owner & CEO of Physique 57 in Dubai, all revealed how they stay in shape wherever they are in the world, what foods are always in their fridges, and how they treat themselves on the weekend. Read on to find out how to get the physique of a Physique 57 girl.
What is your ultimate workout song?
Jennifer: Any song by Beyoncé!
Maryam: Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ (R3hab Remix).
Tanya: Anything with a strong beat. Right now I love ‘Holding On’ by Disclosure, or anything by U2.
What would your daily food diary look like?
Jennifer: Breakfast is hard-boiled eggs and berries, lunch is a kale and spinach salad with grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, and black beans, and I snack on Justin’s peanut butter products. Dinner is normally salmon with veggies, and for dessert I’ll have Siggi’s natural yogurt with walnuts and chia seeds. I love walnuts!
Maryam: I don’t like taking medicine, so I try to stay healthy by eating nutritious foods and drinking a gallon of water every day. I used to eat a lot more red meat, but I felt tired all the time, so now I avoid it unless I’m treating myself. This change in my diet has really changed the way I feel. For breakfast, I have two slices of multi-grain bread with hard-boiled eggs drizzled with olive oil and sea salt or with almond butter and honey. I always pick up an iced latte on my way to work, and I’m a serial snacker so I keep a stash of raw cashews and almonds at my desk. Lunch is usually a kale or quinoa salad with tuna or chicken, and I snack on dried fruits or cheese and crackers during the day. My husband and I usually cook dinner at home – salmon with wild rice and vegetables, or a quinoa tabbouleh with roasted chicken.
Tanya: My diet is plant-based and mostly gluten-free. I also treat myself to a piece of dark chocolate everyday.
What is your go-to cheat meal?
Jennifer: Grilled cheese with tomato on wheat bread.
Maryam: A Manhattan burger at Slider Station.
What’s the most common myth you’ve heard when it comes to fitness and health?
Maryam: “The more you sweat, the more you burn.” Being drenched doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve torched more calories! Sweat is a biological response that regulates your body’s internal body temperature and can be attributed to a variety of factors other than your workout, such as an overheated studio, the weather, or your personal physiology.
Tanya: “Women will bulk up lifting heaving weights.” Not true. We don’t produce enough testosterone! 8lbs are my weight of choice for sleek, sexy arms.
What is your ultimate exercise move, and why?
Jennifer: I love Physique 57’s ‘Water Ski’ and ‘Round Back’. They both target the muscles immediately and I can feel the burn everywhere.
Maryam: The Physique 57 ‘Hairpin’ is exactly as its name suggests. The move (performed in such a graceful position) keeps both your hair and seat muscles in place!
Tanya: I love all of our exercises, however our ‘Pretzel’ exercise is one of my favorites. It tones not only your glute muscles, but also that pesky side of your waistline sometimes referred to as a ‘spare tire’.
Being drenched doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve torched more calories! Sweat is a biological response that regulates your body’s internal body temperature and can be attributed to a variety of factors other than your workout.
What foods do you always have in your fridge?
Jennifer: Siggi’s yogurt, cheese sticks, and carrots.
Maryam: Apples, grapes, berries, kale, cucumbers, raw nuts (cashews, almonds, and walnuts), coconut water, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese, Justin’s almond butter (I carry jars back from the US), organic eggs, Fage yogurt, and a variety of hot sauces — Tabasco, Cholula, and sriracha are some of my favorites. I’m known to have hot sauce with anything from scrambled eggs to pizzas!
Tanya: Spinach, carrots, hummus, raw sharp cheddar cheese, and almond butter.
How do you keep fit whilst traveling?
Jennifer: The Physique 57 Video on Demand program. There are 40 videos to choose from and they are so fun and challenging.
Maryam: I try to get enough sleep, drink lots of water, and follow a semi-clean diet (I try to squeeze in as many salads and fruits wherever possible!). I tend not to watch my diet when traveling so I try hard to walk as much as I can.
Tanya: I do our online videos. You don’t need equipment for many of them; all you need is internet access.
What motto inspires you?
Jennifer: “Knowledge is power.”
Tanya: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
How do you relax and unwind?
Jennifer: Putting my three children to bed. The hard part is not falling asleep with them!
Maryam: A mani/pedi at N.Bar along with a book (I’m currently reading ‘Customers Included’), or a good old-fashioned traditional hammam at the Zabeel Saray.
Tanya: I try to meditate for 20 minutes in the morning and take a lavender Epsom salt bath every night. Also, I love watching Jimmy Fallon. Laughter is always a good way to unwind.
For more information about Physique 57 or to book in for a session, call (+971) 4 344 8757 for the City Walk branch, (+971) 4 321 0577 for the Al Thanya Mall branch, or click here.