- Simone De La Rue is the former dancer behind the physiques of many of Hollywood’s leading ladies.
- Stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, Chrissy Teigen, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Khloe Kardashian, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are all fans of Body By Simone workouts.
- When the first Body By Simone studio outside the US opened in London, we went to try the workout and meet De La Rue.
- She explained that the main difference between celebrity clients and ‘regular people’ is that stars tend to be more highly motivated.
Simone De La Rue’s client list could be mistaken for the guestlist of the Oscars.
The Hollywood trainer has worked with the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Khloe Kardashian, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Oh, and Jennifer Aniston has described her workouts as “so freakin’ hard, it’s unbelievable.”
De La Rue is the trainer behind one of Hollywood’s toughest workouts, Body By Simone (BBS). With studios in New York and California and DVDs allowing people to train in the comfort of their own homes, BBS has something of a cult following.
And now De La Rue has expanded her empire, opening her first studio outside the US in Camden, north London — and we went to check out a BBS class.
It’s easy to think that celebrities tend to be fitter than us regular folk because of the access they have to professional help, but De La Rue thinks it actually comes down to another factor: motivation.
When compared to other clients, De La Rue told INSIDER: “In general, my celebrity clientèle are highly motivated.
“They want to work hard, and to work towards a goal. Celebrities have motivation from their upcoming movie roles.”
BBS workouts combine dance cardio with resistance training, and you’re never doing any one move for so long that it’s unbearable.
“I wanted to create an intense workout where you would see change in your body, but also find it joyous and not a chore,” De La Rue said.
“The mixture of dance cardio and strength-training keeps your heart-rate in a calorie-burning state, so you’re not only working on your strength, but co-ordination and stamina.”
Despite being nearly eight months pregnant, De La Rue still led most of the workout we tried (she left the more vigorous cardio sections to one of her team members).
A former professional dancer, De La Rue is a keen advocate for raising the heart-rate through dance because it also requires focus.
“It’s a workout where you have to remain present at all time,” she explained. “If you let your mind wander, you’ll lose your place in the choreography. It challenges your memory and co-ordination, it’s a wonderful creative outlet, and above all it’s fun!”
Basic equipment is used in some of the classes, such as trampolines, resistance bands, and gliders, but De La Rue says you can achieve the same effect yourself at home using a duster.
“Instead of using a gliding disk like we do in class, you can use a duster, paper plate, or towel! This works with all of the exercises we do in class — you can do it for lower body, planks, abs.”
One core exercise might involve holding a plank with the balls of your feet on a duster, then sliding the feet into the body and back out again.
De La Rue, 44, was born in Exeter, UK, but grew up in Australia. Her husband, Mark, is British, and she says the fitness scene in the UK — and London in particular — has completely transformed over the past decade or so.
“When I lived here 12 years ago, there was no one at the gym, now there is a plethora of boutique classes and workouts, and in general healthier food options,” De La Rue said.
“I think the UK has finally caught up to the US, and people have become much more conscious about health and wellness.”
However, she still believes more needs to be done to encourage women into fitness, and prides herself on her BBS studios being “ego-free and non-judgmental.”
“I think a lot of women are intimidated by gyms or workouts, especially if it’s new to them,” De La Rue said. “The safer women feel, the more relaxed they will be. We need to continue to support and uplift one another.”
Body By Simone’s London studio is found at 86-88 Delancey Street, NW1 7SA, and prices start at £26 for a single drop-in class (the US equivalent is $ 28 in California and $ 35 in New York).