Review of the Physique 57 Solution (the book version)

A few months ago, the ladies from Physique 57 sent me a copy of their book, The Physique 57 Solution. It’s based off the moves that the founders learned as professional dancers that gave them the long, lean look. The classes are hugely popular in New York and during my next visit there (nothing planned, unfortunately) I really want to take a class.

So, having never taken an in-person class (or even watched the Physique 57 DVDs), I was curious to see how I would do with a book-only explanation of the workout. I finally gave it a try tonight.

It did take some time reading the exercises and looking repeatedly back at the book to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly, but I was able to move through the routine pretty smoothly. Especially since parts of it are just repeating sequences. (They do recommend in the book that you get familiar with the exercises before doing a workout. But uh, I didn’t. 🙂 )

After about 15 minutes in, I was dripping in sweat. Granted, my thermostat is set at 74 and it’s pretty humid today, but I was definitely feeling the burn too. My thighs and booty were trembling in the “seat” section. And a few exercises, I couldn’t even do. Maybe my form was off, but I’m pretty sure I just didn’t have the glute strength to complete them.

I like that there are a couple different workouts and I like that the moves aren’t like anything I’ve ever done before. Variety is a good thing – both for boredom and body changes. And I’m gonna go ahead and say that I’m gonna like the results. Because I have a feeling my lower body will be burning in the morning.

I’m definitely going to try the workout again. I’m curious to see how quickly I’ll start seeing results – it’s a 2 week plan and I’m generally pretty skeptical about workouts that promise results X amount of time, but I’m hopeful I’ll see some changes soon.

(Disclaimer: it comes with a diet plan with is part of the 2 week plan, but I’m not going to follow it. However, I do eat pretty similar to what they recommend anyway – not a lot of processed junk or added sugars. Their diet includes meat and dairy though, which I don’t eat.)

11 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 12, 2012 at

i’ve been wanting to try the classes as well – i’m excited to see what you think of the workout in 2 weeks time!


2 Pure2raw twins June 12, 2012 at

we love Physique! we have the dvds. we thought the book was good, and agree with some of the diet plan. but the workouts are great! we love mixing them in


3 Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running June 13, 2012 at

I have never worked out to a DVD.. I guess it would be a good option for a rainy day. I will be following your blog to see how you find it over the next couple of weeks. Good luck 🙂


4 Shanna June 13, 2012 at

Can I be honest? (and I realize I might get attacked as I’m surely in the minority). I’m not a fan. I’ve been to a few classes because they’re such an “in” thing here. Not only are they outrageously expensive (like $30+ per class unless you buy a package), but I just didn’t enjoy them that much. No doubt they would be effective, I’m not knocking the exercise itself…but being in a tiny fluorescent lit studio with aerobics Barbie (wearing head to toe lulu lemon and 8 pounds of makeup) cheering at you through her mic, while not actually doing any of the exercises with you…..was bothersome. I much prefer yoga or even a traditional aerobics class that’s a little less, ummmmm…. pretentious. Not the right vibe for me.

I do have some friends that are huge believers, and from what I gather, these are women who need the rigidity of a 57 minute workout that they must attend every day and is exactly the same every day. I don’t need or enjoy that kind of rigidity. And let me tell you, some of those friends have nothing nice to say about yoga. To each his own.


5 Teri June 14, 2012 at

I love honesty. 🙂 $30 a class?!?! That’s outrageous. And having an instructor covered in make-up would be off-putting to me too.


6 Meg June 13, 2012 at

It’s a rainy day in Boston, and this post might be the kick in the pants I need to do the workout DVD that’s been languishing on my shelf… unused… for a year. It’s not the 57 program, but still a good reminder about the indoor options! Thanks!


7 Teri June 14, 2012 at

It is SO hard for me to do DVDs at home – I have a ton gathering dust too.


8 janetha [meals & moves] June 13, 2012 at

i have that book. and good intentions. but that’s about it.


9 Annette @ FitnessPerks June 13, 2012 at

I danced ballet for years and years, so I’d be curious to see what types of exercises are in it. Sounds great! I also teach Pilates, so I love strength based moves that lean and tone 🙂 Sounds awesome!


10 Teri June 14, 2012 at

It a lot of little pulse exercises with heels together, toes out and different range of motions. BURNS!


11 Jo June 19, 2012 at

I have the Physique 57 book too – I don’t like dvds for exercise and I’m not interested in taking classes (and $30 a pop, lulu lemon does not appeal to me either), so it had to be a book. I do some kettlebell for cardio/metabolism, and on alternate days, do a “stretchy” routine. I have been using the Brooke Siler pilates mat book but after a number of years doing it, I wanted to try something new, so Physique 57 it was (other similar ones I looked at – Bar Method, barre 3, don’t seem to do books, only dvd. All 3 owe a bit to Lotte Berk). P57 also seems to draw on a callanetics (an older routine with a lot of pulsing moves), but pushes it to the hilt. I know I’ve exercised after P57, in a good way. Is this what physical virtue feels like??

Like you, I found Physique 57 a challenging routine- legs trembling, etc. It does take some looking at the directions – even with looking at the book beforehand, I was flipping back to see if I was doing a move correctly. I feel I am using different muscles, and deeply. It takes me the hour to complete, maybe a bit more initially. I skipped the full splits, to avoid risking a muscle pull. And like you I am not following their diet, but avoid junk food, processed foods, and sugar.


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