Simone De La Rue's Dancer Body Workout
Hello, Hot Body!
"BBS" has become a buzzword among super-fit celebs like Naomi Watts and Sandra Bullock. The acronym stands for Body By Simone, as in Simone De La Rue, whose perky style and high-energy cardio classes have won her a cult following. Regulars at the Aussie’s New York City studio rave about her sculpting sessions too: During workouts, she leads clients through mega reps of Pilates-inspired moves that kept her injury-free and toned throughout 16 years as a professional dancer. "I focus on one body part at a time to exhaust muscles, which builds strength and creates sexy definition," she says. It costs big bucks for a private sesh with De La Rue, but with this routine, you’ll get the red-carpet treatment for free.
How it works: Three or four times a week, do 2 sets of each move in order, resting 30 to 60 seconds between exercises.
You'll need: A Pilates ball, a pair of 2- or 3-pound dumbbells, and a resistance tube or band.
Stand with feet hip-width apart and place a Pilates ball between your knees. Rise up onto the balls of your feet and raise arms to chest height in front of you, palms facing ground; squat. Hold for 3 seconds, then rise up to starting position. Do 20 reps.
Works legs, butt, and core
Sit with left leg extended in front of you, foot flexed, and right knee bent, foot on the ground. Wrap a resistance tube around left foot and place right foot on ends. Lean back, lowering onto forearms, and raise left leg until tube is taut. Point toes as you lift left leg until thighs are parallel. Flex foot as you lower to starting position. Do 30 reps; switch sides to complete set.
Works legs and abs
Lie on your right side with knees bent and legs stacked, right forearm on the ground. Loop the center of a resistance tube around left foot and hold the ends in each hand on the ground in front of you (band should be taut). Raise left leg so feet are hip-width apart, then draw knee toward chest. Extend left leg out to the side. Return to starting position. Do 30 reps; switch sides to complete set.
Works butt, legs, and abs
Lie on your right side with right forearm on the ground. Place a Pilates ball between ankles and extend legs. Squeeze the ball as you raise legs a few inches. Lower to starting position. Do 20 reps; switch sides to complete set.
Works inner thighs and obliques
"W" Arms and Abs
Sit with knees bent and feet hip-width apart on the ground. Place a Pilates ball under your lower back, lean against it, and tuck hips forward. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and extend arms overhead, palms facing forward. Bend elbows, lowering weights beside ears, so arms form a "W". Return to starting position. Do 20 reps.
Works abs, shoulders, and back
Get on all fours with right hand on a Pilates ball and hold a dumbbell in left hand, arm extended toward the ground and palm facing behind you. Raise left arm to shoulder height behind you. Lower to starting position. Do 20 reps; switch sides to complete set.
Works triceps and core
Photography by Bill Diodato