If you’ve ever checked out Halle Berry’s Instagram account, you’ll have seen her #FitnessFriday posts, documenting her inspirational fitness journey since directing and starring in upcoming MMA film Bruised. Berry wanted to get in the best shape of her life for the film, and fans have been catching glimpses of some of the moves she’s been using to get an MMA fighter physique. And now, Berry and her longtime personal trainer Peter Lee Thomas are treating fans to the full experience by launching a series of free online workouts via fitness app FitOn.
The Oscar-winning actress recently took to Instagram to announce the partnership between her very own wellness brand, re●spin, and FitOn, an online fitness program (desktop and app) where the vast majority of exercise classes are free to access. The FitOn digital fitness platform now boasts a growing stable of celebrity trainers, including Cassey Ho (Blogilates), Julianne Hough, and Jonathan Van Ness, and covers kickboxing, dance, HIIT and plenty more.
What do the Halle Berry FitOn workouts involve?
There are eight individual workouts within the re●spin section on FitOn, with Berry starring in a 16-minute, high intensity EMOM (Every Minute On The Minute) style workout including HIIT, strength and cardio exercises. You can also break a sweat with Berry and her personal trainer in a 22-minute Martial Arts Flow class. Key moves include jump squats and a powerful martial arts punch sequence, plus straight-up resistance training.
Other re●spin workouts focus specifically on abs, lower body, chest and shoulders, and general mobility. All of them are free to access, so you don’t need to pay a subscription fee. None of them require you to invest in the best home gym equipment either, so you’ll be fine with a few simple bits of gear - think resistance bands and dumbbells. Although, if you want to see how hard you’re working, we’d recommend throwing on your fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate and calories burned.
Berry, a longtime martial arts devotee, promises that the workouts will "get your heart pumping," drilling you in body strength exercises and plyometric movements to enhance your power and agility.
Once you’ve completed all of Berry’s workouts, there’s plenty else to explore within the FitOn platform, especially if you enjoy celebrity-led exercise classes. Fan of Queer Eye? Then head straight to the Jonathan Van Ness classes to enjoy everything from fun cardio to yoga and self-care. If you’re curious about mindfulness but don’t fancy subscribing to one of the best meditation apps just yet, there are FitOn meditation classes available too. They aren’t as in-depth or as varied as those on Calm or Gaia, but they’re relaxing and beginner friendly.
How much exercise should you do each week to stay healthy?
This all depends on your current health, and your fitness goals. Last November, the World Health Organization updated its physical activity for adults guidelines, and now recommends people aged 18–64 years to:
- do at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week
- or 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity a week
- That includes weight training, targeting all major muscle groups, at least twice a week
- Limit your time spent being sedentary
- For people aged 65 and above, the guidelines differ depending on your medical circumstances.