We know: celebrities have it easy when it comes to working out, right.
Tons of spare time and cash to splash on personal trainers and private gym sessions, not to mention all the latest active wear, machines and gadgets they can stuff into their Hollywood mansions.
That may be true for many of these privileged few, but not our new favourite Instagram motivator, Halle Berry.
The 52-year-old star of the upcoming John Wick sequel is renowned for eschewing all the fancy equipment and shortcuts to get down to business with good old fashioned gear that would make a NRL star blush.
In her latest post with her trainer Peter Lee Thomas, Halle is in a squatting position with her arms lifting a large concrete block a few inches off the ground – yes, the exact block you can get at Bunnings this weekend for just $3.60!
“This #FitnessFriday, we’re taking it to the block,” writes Halle on Instagram.
“The way we see it, a true warrior can look at ANY environment and find new and exciting ways to challenge their routine (fancy gym membership NOT necessary!) – As soon as @peterleethomas and I spotted these cinder blocks, we knew just what time it was! The variable sizes of nontraditional weights can help build more uncommonly used muscles, leaving you challenged, motivated and sore af.”
The first workout is a seriously intense one that requires a fair amount of fitness. Peter calls it “Atomic plyo push-ups” and he demonstrates how he starts doing a push-up with both hands on the blocks then doing then next one on the ground in between, alternating the push-ups from the blocks to the ground. He recommends 10-12 reps, while making it look so easy.
The next exercise with the blocks is super core intensive. Peter calls it a “Kick through” and it’s another ground level exercise where he has his hands on each of blocks with his arms extended and he kicks his legs forward from a tip-toe position in the back all the way through and under his body forward without touching the ground. He then swings his legs back to the tip-toe position in back and again recommends 10-12 reps.
The final workout is one that slightly fit mortals might be able to pull off. Peter calls it a “Hindu push-up” because it uses yoga moves from the standard Sun Salutation, but his legs are spread wider than the usual poses.
He has his hands on both blocks about the same distance apart as in the previous two exercises and starts in a modified Downward Dog pose then quickly dips his body down low to the ground into Chaturanga. He then straightens his arms and sweeps his chest through into Up Dog then goes back to Down Dog as one giant movement.
He does it in a fast repetition unlike the slower and more breathing-focused yoga moves and again says 10-12 reps will do the trick. After watching Peter in action, it’s definitely clear that when he said the workouts will leave you “sore AF” he’s not kidding.
Halle added one more cinder block workout to her stories along with the three of Peter. The pair did “Cinder block curls” by holding them at hip level then curling them up to their chests and back down again.
Again, they recommended 10-12 reps and the John Wick: Chapter Three star also added that if you didn’t have a concrete block handy, doing curls with a full jug of water was an easy DIY at home exercise.