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Simone (Of Body by Simone) Kicked Our Butt and We Loved It

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Welcome to Wellness Sherpa. Like a nimble yak escort from base camp to the top of your fitness Everest, Shannon Perry will guide you through the latest workouts—be they fun, confusing, stunty, or celebrity-endorsed. Shannon is no expert, merely an enthusiast. Namaste and you got this.


"Dancer's physique" is a holy grail of body types achievable through working out. Translated, it means lean limbs and mega-strength without aggressive body-builder muscles. And getting it often means you actually have to dance—a pro or a con depending on the person and that person's general coordination.

I was attracted to Simone de la Rue of Body by Simone studios because she's all about achieving strength and happiness inside and out, so even if I couldn't get the dance moves down, I'd have a good time trying. Plus, she works with Naomi Watts and have you seen her in Adore? Her abs on the Australian beaches are sick, even if the plot line is also a little sick. It's on Netflix; watch it for dance cardio inspiration (at your own risk).

Simone, the person, is also a tiny Australian powerhouse. She danced for 16 or so years before training with the renowned Gwyneth-Paltrow-butt-sculptor Tracy Anderson, but broke away in 2012 to open her current studio. She's cutting the ribbon on an LA studio as I type. Take a look at my sweat session with Simone at her signature RE-ENERGIZE class, and keep in mind, if you're afraid to dance in front of strangers, she also has a book out.

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