Halle Berry Used Just A Hand Towel For A Short But Effective Workout That Tones Every Area Of Your Body
It turns out that you don't need a fully equipped gym to achieve a celebrity-like physique. And if you need proof, just look at any photo of Halle Berry, whose personal trainer Peter Lee Thomas had her use just a hand towel for a recent sweat session.
"This is the perfect at-home, non-weighted, resourceful workout you’ve been looking for!" he captioned an Instagram video that showed them in action. "I just love the idea that you can get a whole lot with very little."
For this particular day, the pair did 10 to 20 reps of the following five moves: Straight Arm Towel Sit-Up, Straight Arm Slow Russian Twist, Mega Pylo Skaters, Overhead Towel Bulgarian Back Lunge & Side Knee and a multistep move he referred to as Squat, Press, Jump Through, Burpee.
If you watch the video, you'll notice that all of the duo's movements are slow.
"To get the most out of this workout, it's key to move with control rather than prioritizing speed," Thomas told Shape. "Slower is usually harder, faster is usually easier, and people do things fast to rush through them so they can just get it done." He added that trying to do things too fast can also increase your odds of an injury.
For other "resourceful" exercises, he'll utilize the stairs or a chair. On other occasions, they'll take things outdoors, "where we're flipping tires, we're using sledgehammers, we're using pushing a sled, we're doing a lot of animal movements and keeping it primal and fun and integrative and multifaceted versus always being stuck in the gym," shared the fitness guru.
Berry is so dedicated to her workouts that she'll even do them when the weather is bad.
"I told [Berry] we should literally do a rain check and she looked at me and goes 'No, we're going to work out in the rain and we're going to film it and it's going to look epic,'" he recalled.
The mom-of-two often takes on very physical movie roles, but she's welcoming of the challenge.
"Kicking, punching and pushing myself to my limits has always been a great, healthy release. Like men, women have a lot of pent-up anger and angst and sadness," the Bruised star explained to AARP. "I needed a healthy way to get this stuff out of my body. Sweating and working out is fuel for me. I’m also addicted to those feel-good endorphins. Sometimes, you’ve got to hit some s**t."