“My stylist recommended it,” the Private Practice alum, 51, tells Us. “It’s so Hollywood, but she’s like, ‘If you want to keep that butt up, go to Ballet Beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Got it, done.’ It’s in my best interest.”
Walsh began going to the model-beloved studio, founded by professional dancer Mary Helen Bowers, a few months ago — after she had hip replacement surgery. “I had a hip replacement seven months ago and it’s amazing,” Walsh tells Us of how the NYC-based class helped her recovery. “Just the movements in this workout particularly are so hip-opening, hip-centric.”
Bowers — who has trained other celebrities, including Natalie Portman for Black Swan — agrees. With her barre-based workout, she tells Us, “you’re building strength without overtaxing the body. You don’t have to punish your body to have a great workout.” With some adjustments, the low-impact routine is also a good pregnancy workout, both pre- and post-natal, says the pro.
For the ever-youthful Walsh — whose latest show, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, began streaming February 15 — it comes in handy that the moves can be done on-the-go. “I love, first of all, how portable it is,” the former Grey’s Anatomy actress tells Us. “So if I’m on location or anywhere I can either do Skype or click online and find a workout. There are lots of different workouts, so if you want to target one particular area of your body, you can do that, or you can do a full workout.”
It’s also an easy fitness regimen to break up into segments, which is great for the busy star, who recently added a hyaluronic acid-infused Hand & Body Créme to her Boyfriend perfume line. “You can make it as long or as short as you like, so I love that,” Walsh says of the dance moves. “And my body responds very quickly to the work — I don’t have to do a ton before my body responds and kind of really tightens up.”
Grab onto a kitchen counter, the back of a couch or even a wall — and try 15 minutes of these leg, booty and core strengthening moves now! Says Bowers, “Life is busy, so we try to give our clients as much flexibility as possible.”
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