Halle Berry Shares the Workout Responsible for Her Wildly Toned Legs
Halle Berry is one of the fittest celebs in Hollywood — and proof that your workouts don't need to become less intense as you get older. In fact, her longtime trainer Peter Lee Thomas was reportedly "absolutely shellshocked" when he first learned Berry's age (she's 54) "because she has the discipline and athleticism of a 25-year-old." (Just look at her Instagram for proof.) For her part, Berry credits Thomas with keeping her accountable and making exercise fun, calling him her "secret weapon."
Lucky for us, the duo decided to team up and bring their magic to the masses with rē•spin, a health and wellness platform that includes a line of affordable fitness products that you can use "anytime, anywhere." Berry tells me their goal was to "show that you don't need a gym membership to be healthy and fit." The site launched just before the pandemic — talk about good timing. To take things further, they recently announced a partnership with rē•spin and the FitOn app, a free digital fitness platform with workouts guided by celebrity trainers.
"I love the diversity of the app with both its trainers and the variety of the workouts available. People can take everything from cardio to abs to grounded martial arts flows with me, along with mobility, HIIT, agility, and more with other rē•spin trainers," Berry tells InStyle. So, in short: You can now work out with Halle Berry for free at home.
We chatted with the Oscar-winning actress and longtime martial arts devotee about her current workout and recovery trick, plus how she prioritizes self-care "during these odd times." And, yes, we even got the workout she says is responsible for the toned legs seen in her recent pantsless Instagram post.
If someone were to buy one piece of equipment from your line, what would it be and why?
"The rē•spin full-body resistance loop. I use it in almost every workout and it has helped me gain some serious strength. You'll also find it featured in my new FitOn workouts!"
You're known for having a lot of variety in your workout routine and for being very focused on building strength. Can you talk about what a typical week of workouts looks like for you currently, when you're alone or with your trainer?
"It always varies! Over the past few years, I went from training for John Wick 3 to my upcoming film and directorial debut BRUISED. Some days I'd work on strength and cardio and others I'd do yoga and stretching, all while I did a few hours of martial arts training each day. For me, it's been important not to overstress my body. Taking cold hot showers has been a good recovery ritual."
Has your approach to health and wellness shifted at all over the past year? Is there anything new you've tried and loved during quarantine, whether it's a new type of exercise or a new-to-you wellness product you have become obsessed with?
"I was a gymnast growing up and was physically active at a young age. At 22, I was diagnosed with diabetes and it became critical for me to manage my nutrition and diet. It really transformed my life and taught me how valuable my body is. During quarantine, I've been focusing a lot on self-care and started working out at home, which is why the partnership with FitOn and rē•spin is so fitting. One of my favorite workouts on the app is the rē•spin Plyo Agility." (Workout below)
How have you been prioritizing your mental health during Covid? What self-care rituals have helped deal with stress?
"I can't skip my Bulletproof coffee each morning. It allows me to fast until 2 or 3 pm. I've also found that taking care of my mental health has been crucial during these odd times. I just launched my Journal on Joy at rē·spin which is part of my bedtime routine. It is a space to record memories that make you smile and helps me focus on positivity and gratitude. Also reading self-help books on ways to stay grounded and centered during this time has been widely helpful and inspirational."
Since Berry says leg day is one of her "top priorities," we tapped her for one of her go-to leg toning workouts.
Halle Berry's rē•spin Plyo Agility Routine
Repeat each exercise for 10 reps, then perform the entire workout for 3 to 5 rounds
- Start on one end of your mat. Keep chest forward and engage arms.
- Peel off to one side of your mat landing on one leg, in a skater motion, followed by the other leg floating behind. At the same time, bring opposite arm across the body.
- Repeat on the other side.
Drop squats with booty band
- Set-up: Band should go mid-quad above the knee to keep tension on the legs.
- Squat and alternate touching one hand/fingertip to the ground.
- Once you feel the ground with your hand, switch and turn to face the other side of your mat, put the other hand down and repeat. (The hand not reaching towards the ground can float behind you.)
V-sprints into a back shuffle
- Set-up: Set two yoga blocks in front of your mat (if available) — blocks can either be mat length apart or almost mat length apart. Give yourself enough space so you can visualize a big letter V between you and the two blocks.
- Start in a sprinter position. Spring to one block and tap with your finger, then shuffle back to your starting point and touch the ground.
- Repeat the same on the opposite side and continue.
- Starting on one end of the mat, vertical jump forward to the opposite end of the mat, making sure to land softly.
- Then, shuffle a couple of steps back to the other end of your mat.
- Set-up: You can use cones or anything as a marker, including yoga blocks. Set them a little less than mat length apart.
- With your chest forward, make a figure eight, looping around the blocks.