We Tried A Barre Workout At Physique 57, Here's What Happened | Clozette


You may have first heard of Physique 57 from Hollywood celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel and Kelly Ripa who have vouched for its effectiveness in keeping the body toned and lean. The dynamic barre studio is known for its tried-and-tested methods that promise rapid results in as few as only eight workouts (fifty-seven minutes per class) — the perfect formula for gals with a busy schedule. 


I've always been drawn to physical activities that have a certain grace and art to it such as yoga, pilates and barre. So when we were invited by Physique 57 Manila to try their body-sculpting barre classes, I was totally up for it. Read on to learn about what it's like to take a class at this celebrity-recommended studio.


 Physique 57 Manila

Their branch in Manila just celebrated their first anniversary


The technique


Co-founder and Physique 57 instructor Tanya Becker describes the studio's signature technique as a "one-stop-shop that works every inch of your body." It utilises a process called Interval Overload, which is basically overworking the muscles to the point of fatigue, and then stretching it after for relief. This method is said to help burn calories not just during the workout, but even after class, in order to lose weight. 


Physique 57 Manila


The reps are a combination of classical ballet exercises and the Lotte Berk Method, developed by a classically trained dancer who conceptualized a combined workout of strength training, dance, and orthopaedic back exercises for maximum results. Physique 57’s head instructor Bernadette Osias explains further, "We use these techniques as we want our workouts to retain a sense of grace and femininity. That way, we achieve that long and lean physique, and get the toned muscles — without the bulk — that we want!"


Location


Physique 57 Manila is located in Bonifacio Global Center at W Building in 5th Avenue, Taguig City. It's a convenient location but since the studio is relatively small and boutique-like, we had a hard time spotting it. If you plan on visiting, here's a tip: input F1 Hotel Manila on Google Maps and once you're there, look right across and you'll see a Metrobank branch, on its left is Physique 57 studio. 


Facilities


Physique 57 Manila


Despite its compact space, the facilities of Physique 57 are top-notch. They've got lockers with digital lock pads, a nice shower and comfort room with amenities, a water dispenser and a waiting area. The exercise area covers all the second floor, meaning it's very spacious and students have a lot of space to move around. That's really ideal because the last thing you want is to accidentally hit someone while doing stretches! 


Before the session


Physique 57 Manila


Before the session began, we were asked to pick a spot. Each location has a nice set-up that includes a thin mat, two support foams, a resistance band and a playball. For the weights, we were asked to pick a pair that suits us (being a beginner, I chose only four-kilo weights). And then the fast-beat music began to pump us up...


During the session


Once settled, we started with our warm-ups, which are mainly upper body exercises using free weights, push-ups, and plank positions, specifically targeting the biceps, triceps, shoulders, and the chest and back muscles. Each class has different variations and modified to suit different needs, but the common denominator is its focus on core strengthening all throughout the workout.


Physique 57 Manila


The most challenging (but also the most fun and satisfying), was the exercises involving the barre and playball. You will need to put the playball in between your thighs and you have to squeeze it while balancing yourself and doing several barre reps. Whew!


The last leg of the session is all about abdominal exercises. And finally, the class winds down with soothing stretches that promote flexibility and allow the muscles to recover and relax.



Overall impression


Even though the workout was really rigorous, it left me with a satisfying feeling that makes me want to come back. I like how the instructors are attentive to what your body needs and can modify exercises to better suit your body's capabilities while providing a challenge from time to time. In the class that I attended, there were two instructors present to guide, which was really helpful for me to correct my form since it was my first time at Physique 57.


Physique 57 Manila


After only one session, I felt rejuvenated and uplifted, not just physically but also in relation to my mood. I'd say that Physique 57's sessions are best partnered with a more low-impact physical activity like yin yoga or a calm vinyasa to help recover from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). But with all the intense, focused exercises, it does seem like a one-stop-shop fitness regimen you'd want to keep doing again and again.


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Whether you're a Selenator or not, it's undeniable that Selena Gomez is one of today's trendsetters and role models. Aside from growing up with most of today's young adults with her Disney history and previously holding the crown as the most followed person on Instagram, her story of conquering mental health issues and lupus while still serving us music and movies has been an inspiration to most. And while we still can't believe that she's already turned 27 — she has such a baby face — we're celebrating the occasion by giving you facts and trivia you might not know about the Kill 'Em With Kindness singer. 


She's a Barney baby



Since throwback trends are so in these days, we figured that starting off with Selena's origins in acting is the best way to look back at her career. She and her co-Disney alum Demi Lovato became BFFs when they were kids on the set of Barney and Friends and it seems like even then, S.G. knows how to strut her stuff. She once shared that her experience on the set made her eager to pursue a career in performing. 


She guest-starred in Hannah Montana prior to her own Disney fame



Everyone seems to forget that before Selena even scored her Wizards of Waverly Place gig that launched her Disney fame, she was first and foremost Hannah Montana's archrival Mikayla. That's right! Miley Cyrus shared the stage with Selena Gomez where the latter even had to lip-sync in the guesting stint — maybe Disney execs still didn't know Selena could sing at the time.


She debuted her music career with a band



A year after the WOWP success, Selena's music career took off not as a solo artist but as a vocalist to the band Selena Gomez & The Scene. Bringing us hits like Love You Like A Love Song and Hit The Lights, Selena's own style definitely shone through beyond her famed Disney character as she channelled bold hair and makeup, as well as a more metallic grunge aesthetic in most of her music videos.


She also favoured sexier pieces like deep-V necklines, a lot of tube dresses and tops and poofy tulle skirts matched with boots, which, at the time, can be deemed provocative. Still, her baby face and clean rep off-screen seemed to have saved her graces more so than when fellow Disney teen stars like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens took the edgier route to inch away from their Disney careers. 


She loved using filters and glare edits on her earliest Instagram posts



After her hit Disney series ended in 2012, Selena fully committed to going on tour for her music as a solo artist. In 2013, she started documenting her tour adventures via Instagram — a platform she will later on (until present time) dominate. Unless you're someone patient enough to scroll through her entire Instagram history, here's a fun bit: just like all of us, Selena had her fair share of filtered snaps on the platform. Her earliest posts consist of heavily filtered and retrofied shots that feature her adventures breaking free from her Disney identity. 



She has a thing for minimalist tattoos



For someone who loves to show a lot of skin, it's quite interesting to note that Selena actually has 10 known tattoos to date even if we rarely see them. This is because aside from her preference for minimalist designs, she's also quite strategic in where she puts them. Some of her most notable tats include a semi-colon on the side of her wrist, her initials behind her ear, and the number '4' on her elbow which she got to match her BFFs. 


Her most iconic looks stood the test of time



Looking back, it seems like Selena never really had an awkward style phase. Her choices in both beauty and fashion definitely stood the test of time, if not improved, with her preference for timeless colours and foolproof makeup techniques. She's also one of the few former Disney stars who's style never really went through an overhaul, whether it be in hair colour, wardrobe staples or choice of footwear. 


(Cover photo from: @selenagomez)


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Admit it. We weren't the only ones whose hearts literally almost stopped with delight when Cara Buono (a.k.a Mrs. Wheeler) started applying all her makeup without a care in the world on Stranger Things. Wrinkles be damned, Buono’s character was the epitome of ‘80s beauty, the chosen time period of the widely popular Netflix series, which is now on its third season.



Mrs. Wheeler’s beauty regimen had everything we loved about ‘80s style — bold, fun and the excessive use of purple eyeshadow. Watching the latest series, one can’t help but think that perhaps it’s time to bring back the ‘80s aesthetics. Sure, we hope there’s a more Earth-friendly option to the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle that needs lots of hairspray and that men had more hair choices than just a greasy mullet or a nerdy apple cut, but who doesn’t love a little fashion statement once in a while right? Also, aerobics.

So minus bombing your hair with Aqua Net or wearing kitten heels with your swimsuits, here are some of our tips from Stranger Things on how to do the ‘80s fashion comeback right.


Denim on denim 


Here’s a fashion lesson Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake could have taken during the 2001 American Music Awards — how to do a proper denim on denim look. Resident Stranger Things bad boy Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) showed us the proper way of pulling off the all-jeans attire and that’s strategic layering (looking at you Spears).


(Photo from: KatherineThivya)

Billy’s classic bad boy persona was highlighted by his sexy jeans ensemble, something all of us can actually do. Forego the all jean jumpsuits for now and opt for some strategic denim layering — find yourself some flattering jeans and pair it with a simple top before finishing off with some nice denim jacket.

Make sure that your bottoms have a darker shade than your top to balance your proportions. For the jacket, go wild with the ‘80s theme and find a nice classic denim version like Levi’s denim trucker jacket or Gap’s Color Icon denim. Adopt the ‘80s feel and find your pair in the men’s section — remember, the larger the better.




Bold Prints


Nothing spells “Girls just want to have fun” better than bold prints in your outfit. Even the late Lady Di let her hair loose a little by pairing a large polka dot blouse with electric blue skirt and a box hat for the 1986 Vancouver World Expo?  


(Photo from: paradeoflove)

Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven gave us a more streamlined version on Stranger Things by cleverly pairing a boxy printed top with some good ol' jeans. The same carefree style can be done by wearing loose button-down shirts from the menswear. Scared of prints? A cool, bold colour would do. It won’t hurt to look at Jim Hopper’s flashy tops in the series and adopt the prints for your own.

Don’t be scared of a perm


Nancy Wheeler’s (Natalia Dyer) short perm may have made her look old for her age but it doesn’t mean one should shy away from glorious curls. If you want to adopt a similar look, better hold off on a chemical assault and opt for a more natural do.


(Photo from: stylesiren)


The Facebook group Love Your Curls, which now has 31,000 members, was created back in 2016 to encourage women to love their natural waves instead of having it chemically straightened. Joining the group would not just give you pointers on what products to use (like BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Bb. Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil or Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum) but the members would also inspire you to embrace your natural hairstyle.



Go high


No no, not that high. What we mean is going high-waisted on both jeans and shorts like Eleven and Max, which could give any outfit an instant artistic appeal. There’s something chic about emphasizing a woman’s waist and this is one fashion statement that could work from office to street or morning to night when paired with the right top, accessories and shoes. Not to mention, high waist jeans and shorts are both comfy and quite versatile.


(Photo from: shermaineinez)

Our favourites: Topshop Black Belt Loop Joni Jeans and Levi’s Wedgie High-Rise Jeans.

Purple power


You didn’t think we’d do an ‘80s comeback fashion without covering purple eyeshadow, did you? Because of course, we are. But we’re not talking about the purple shades Cindy Lauper seemed to have a penchant for back in the ‘80s. We’re talking about choosing the right shade of purple and using it to give your face a simple yet beautiful highlight.


(Photo from: GreenStory)

Glossier’s Lidstar in Lily, for example, gives wearers a subtle sheen that basically helps your peepers pop out especially when worn in the morning. Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown suggested that beginners should choose a purple eyeshadow with a creamy formula. A shimmery shade such as the Fenty Match Stix in Unicorn could also help, creating the illusion of light bouncing off one’s eyelids — magical!

A piece of good advice: When you choose to wear purple, keep the rest of your makeup simple such as choosing a lighter shade of pink or something nude for your lips because you don’t want to overdo it.


(Cover photo from: KatherineThivya)

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