Keeping up with “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is always a workout. But this season, the cast of the Bravo show is really making the audience sweat with a pair of dueling fitness DVDs.
Real Housewife Phaedra Parks released a program in the fall that promised to give viewers a “donkey booty.” Now, Kenya Moore is competing with her “Booty Boot Camp” ($17), which comes with a similar pledge: “Get the round stallion booty you’ve always wanted.”
According to Moore, a former Miss USA turned model-actress, a stallion booty is “a nice, round, toned, firmed behind.” As someone who’s been exercising for 30 years, Moore knows exactly how to achieve that look: She lies facedown or gets on all fours, and then pulses, kicks and lifts her legs until her backside burns.
And when it starts to hurt? “I think about how good I’m going to look on the red carpet or when I’m naked,” Moore says.
The secret to a really great butt, she says, is to think about the total package.
“Everything needs to be proportioned and toned. That means you have to work out the entire body,” says Moore, who strives to maintain a flat tummy and small waist to complete her ideal “Jessica Rabbit” figure.
Her DVD’s three 20-minute booty-centric routines (with increasing difficulty) are sandwiched between a cardio warm-up and an abs-focused cool-down. That combination, Moore says, is suited for all levels of exercisers —that includes guys, who often neglect their rear ends.
Moore hopes to boost the intensity on a future release: “I didn’t want to scare people with my first DVD. I didn’t want them to quit one minute in.”
Maybe by then Moore will have also launched her line of activewear, which is still in the works. She wants to develop apparel that is sexy and colorful and hides perspiration. (“I don’t like to see sweat.”)
Sounds like a good plotline for next season.
Kenya Moore lets personal trainer Nikki Veal handle most of the instructor duties on the DVD. But the Real Housewife takes over when it’s time to demonstrate her signature moves.
Booty Pop. In child’s pose, alternate pushing up your left and right butt cheeks. “It’s about finding your gluteus maximus. You need to isolate them in order to tone them,” says Moore, who’s found this move helps people learn what it feels like to engage muscles correctly.
Giddy Up. On all fours, shift your weight forward, thrusting your hips and squeezing your legs. “It reminds me of riding a horse,” Moore says of the thigh exercise. “It’s fun.”
Stallion Kickback. Standing up, lift up a knee, put it down, then lunge back. That’s the level-one version. “We can get more intense,” says Moore, who makes it tougher by omitting the break between the lift and the lunge.
Two new yoga DVDs provide a sneak peek at real attractions coming to the area.
The largest chain of yoga studios already has a location in Bethesda. Now get ready for CorePower Yoga’s first studio in D.C. It opens in Georgetown (1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW) on March 29 — to be followed by another Georgetown branch later this year, according to founder Trevor Tice, who expects to establish 10-20 more studios in the area. “Calorie Blast” is the second DVD in a three-part series being released through Gaiam to introduce the kind of sequences found in CorePower Yoga studios. “It’s not as rigid as Bikram, but there’s a very specialized skeleton we follow in every class,” Tice says. One way your home practice will likely be different: temperature. It’s 80 degrees in CorePower Yoga studios.
You won’t find a desert landscape anywhere near Washington. But the mountains and nature surrounding The Homestead, in Hot Springs, Va., will be just as gorgeous a backdrop for a yoga practice, says instructor Evette Shuk. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub that’s opening at the resort (about a three-hour drive from D.C.) this spring promises to provide an experience in line with the luxury brand. That includes a “movement therapy” program, which will feature outdoor yoga classes. With the DVD, Shuk’s intention was to inspire people to practice more, whether it’s at home or at Canyon Ranch. “We want them to feel not just good, but incredible,” she says.