If you watch Real Housewives of Dallas, you might have wondered: How do these women stay so fit?
Housewives Cary Deuber and Stephanie Hollman agreed to give GuideLive the scoop on their workout secrets.
Cary showed up to our workout session with her hands full of nutritious smoothies -- which we've seen her sip in the show, too -- and her chicest workout attire.
First, Cary led a yoga practice.
She's been doing yoga for 15 years and now practices four times a week. Cary first modeled her favorite variation of a sun salutation.
(With any vinyasa flow yoga class, you'll get a number of sun salutations.)
Cary also modeled plank, her go-to move for core strengthening.
She even showed off a plank variation called Dolphin where you have your elbows bent and hips in the air (similar to in Downward Dog). With this move, she reminded us how important it is to keep the core engaged to support your lower back.
Once our core was warmed up, we transitioned into One-Legged Downward Dog. This move not only worked the triceps and core, but it was a wonderful stretch for the hips, glutes and hamstrings. We held this move for five to 10 seconds on each leg.
My favorite yoga sequence Cary showed us was the Warrior poses. Transitioning to the Warrior sequence from Downward Dog required core stability. We focused on Warrior One and Two, with hamstrings feeling long and limber. (Cary was also patient in her teaching: We couldn't maneuver the moves as seamlessly and gracefully as she could.) Then she showed some tricks, from headstands to the bendiest of movements.
Next, Stephanie led a kettlebell exercise she learned from Mike Scaccia, whom she's been training with for eight years at The Studio in Dallas.
Stephanie says she does weights/cardio several times a week to stay in shape.
We began with traditional kettlebell swings, alternating the arms back and forth in between our legs with squat motions. Stephanie advised that the key to a safe and effective kettlebell swing is to drive the move with your hips and squeeze your glutes at the top when you stand up from the squat position. Aim for three sets of 10 swings on each side. Stephanie also cautioned to keep the kettlebell at shoulder height or below on the swings to avoid shoulder injury or discomfort.
We love workouts that kill two birds with one stone, and Stephanie modeled an exercise that works both upper and lower body: integrated backward lunges with an overhead kettlebell press. The move requires pure concentration and balance. The key is to perform the movements slowly; otherwise, form could be compromised. A tip Stephanie offered is to keep a loose grip on the kettlebell when rotating the wrist to complete the overhead press. This will help you execute the move in one fluid motion.
In between kettlebell strength exercises, Stephanie likes to jolt her heart rate up with traditional calisthenics such as jumping jacks. They're a timeless classic that get the job done and had us sweating!
To see a behind the scenes look at Guide Live's exclusive workout with the Real Housewives of Dallas, watch the video above.
By KIMBER WESTPHALL, Special Contributor