A new guard of stunningly fit women is redefining expectations of the midlife body. At 46, Alex Kuczynski learns what it takes to attain a seemingly ageless physique.
I’m doing push-ups. And, according to John Ligas, a New York City–based trainer, I’m doing them badly. I should keep my neck in a neutral position, belly button pulled into spine, feet hip-width apart, and glutes engaged. I need a notepad to remember all of this.
We are in hour two of our workout. Sweat has pooled on the floor below my head and my chest; even my knees are dripping.
“Are we almost done?” I ask with what I would describe as a groan if I were gilding the truth, but it was more like a sob.
“Discipline!” John shouts.
I fall over. Unsmiling, John crosses his arms. “You did one correctly.” Cameron Diaz, whom Ligas trains, would have done about 29 more. I’m really fit, John tells me, witheringly, for a civilian. Then he drops the bomb: “But compared to you, Cameron is a professional athlete.”
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