Runway-Ready Legs with Becca Pace of Equinox Fitness
Posted On Jul 07, 2015
By Andrew C. Stone
Fall Fashion Week is fast approaching, and we know what that means: statuesque lovelies stomping the runway in the coolest new clothing. It also means you’ll be seeing “legs for days” on incredibly toned (and hopefully not too, too thin) models. So, how do you get those legs—Adriana Lima legs— onto your body? Let’s ask an expert.
Meet the lovely Becca Pace, an actress, fitness model, and in-demand trainer for Equinox Fitness in Manhattan. Pace hails from WestSeneca, New York and has been a “triple threat”—dancer, singer, and the spian—since grade school. (She’s appeared on big screens and small, as well as in the national tour of Rent.) An athlete through-and-through, she’s an active member of the running club NYC Road Runners and loves to make a healthy impact on all who attend “Barre Burn” and “Deep Extreme” classes at Equinox. Here, she explains why ballet moves and a healthy lifestyle will equal luscious legs and a superior posterior.
NEW YOU: Becca, what’s the key to acquiring runway-ready legs?
BECCA PACE: I’d say variety. You have to mix things up, and you have to put in the time. I teach our very popular, ballet-influenced BarreBurn class, which is all about repetition yet can be switched up with different rhythms and ranges of motion. This type of workout is great for every part of the leg, since it fires up all the muscle groups and yield a long, lean look.
NY: Do you get mostly females in that class?
BP: Though the core audience is female, I think it’s even more beneficial for men because it is all about balance and flexibility.There’s one man who tried it and said, I’ve never done anything so hard.” Hebegan coming every week and within three months he said, “I’m the strongest I’ve ever been.”
NY: How key is flexibility to getting the results we’re all after?
BP: I’m a big proponent of moving through all plains of motion. That’s actually the focus of another class I teach, called DeepExtreme. It was designed by a great group of trainers to move your body through the various plains of motion. It’s a lot of fun; you start moving, begin sweating about ten minutes in, and don’t stop until the class is through.
NY: Now more than ever, people feel strongly tied to group fitness concepts. What draws people to this sort of training?
BP: It’s a sense of community. I’m all about knowing all my students and seeing the same faces. If someone knows a friend is going to be at class, it’s a team push. The gym floor can be an intimidating place. It’s nice for people to have a high-energy place to go.