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Lipstick on the Rim: A Cult Following Worth the Hype – Liana Levi of Forma Pilates Dishes on Getting a Celebrity Body


You maybe have heard of a little thing called Forma Pilates? It’s just the buzziest of workouts right now. Meet Liana Levi, the founder, who’s taken the fitness world by storm—and by total fluke. With a background in red carpet styling, her network of celebrity clientele was already growing. When the pandemic hit, she purchased a reformer to keep up with her killer body during lockdown. Soon enough, word spread, and before she knew it, she was teaching her friends how to do reformer pilates from her home. The next thing she knew, Forma was born, and the rest was history. If Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Kaia Gerber aren’t enough to convince you, you’ll just have to try the method yourself.

[Liana] On How Forma Pilates was Born

“I have a fashion background and was doing pilates consistently every day since I was 16, 17 years old. Covid hit and I decided to have a family meeting and tell everyone that I wanted to buy a reformer. My whole family was really excited because we all do pilates. The day I got it, I assembled it, and posted it on my Instagram and my close girlfriends hit me up and said they’re coming over. In the beginning, it was a way for me to socialize. It was human connection for me. I wasn’t expecting them to say “hey, teach us.” But I got thrown into it and I accepted the challenge. In the beginning, I would take notes on my phone. I would dream about my series. I had been certified a few years prior by accident when I was in a part-time job.”

[Liana] On the Secret to the Method

“I do love the core essence of classical pilates which is what I was trained in. I took a little spin on it and made it more athletic. Pilates is low impact so it’s much more slow and controlled. There are certain moments, where I will increase your heart rate but still with technique. I like to work the same muscle group for a good amount of time. I like to fatigue the muscle, not burn it out. I’ll let you recoup in a transition but then we’re going to go back to that muscle. I really activate it. I choose two of three within a series to focus on. You will get full body with the other exercises. I do a lot of planking which you’ll get in your arms and shoulders. I do a lot of core work. I focus on your core 100% of the time. The class zips by, we don’t take breaks unless you need to. I really try from start to finish, to keep your body very warm and very active.”

[Liana] On Getting a Celebrity Body

“The celebrity body works out everyday. That body is not handed to them. It’s maintenance. The older you get, the harder it is to maintain. It is a lot about what you eat. With pilates, if I’m training someone for something, four days a week will get you to where you need to be in two weeks, easy. Maintenance is three days a week. Two to three days is your happy spot. You have to be consistent. I take on clients that are going to commit to themselves. It’s how you respect your body. You wake up in the morning and you want to give back to yourself. For some people that’s meditation, yoga. Any type of movement is best for your mental sanity, physique and your soul.”

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