Get a supermodel body like Gisele's with her kung fu workout

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Why this exercise class keeps the supermodel in fighting shape…

Gisele Bundchen does kung fu

© Instagram/Gisele Bündchen

Gisele showed off the kung fu moves which she has long claimed gave her back her pre-pregnancy figure a matter of weeks after giving birth.

The supermodel posted a snap of her wielding a sword and working out at the Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi club, saying,




Back in 2010, Gisele told Vogue that doing yoga three days a week and regular kung fu workouts up to a fortnight before giving birth ensured she snapped back into shape.

But why is kung fu so good for you?

Like yoga – kung fu aims to create a strong body but also calm and focus the mind.

Gisele does an average of three 90 minute kung fu workouts every week.

'Gisele is very focused and very disciplined. I am often surprised by how quickly she grasps the nuances of the movements,' her instructor Yao Li of the Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute told Shape.

'When I teach her new techniques, it often seems as though she already knows them. She is very intuitive and knows what it takes to make the move look right,' Li said.

The pair's workouts consist of 15 minutes of warm up stretching, followed by kicking and sparing drills. They then work on practice forms which are choreographed routines using either their hands or a weapon like a sword or spear as seen here.

They top off the whole thing with some upper-body strength training and core work.

'The stance work and kicking techniques improve muscle tone and flexibility in the lower body. Blocking drills and hand techniques do the same for the upper body, especially the shoulders and arms,' Li told Shape.

'Drills that combine hand and foot work require strength and agility in the core muscles, and help to increase coordination and balance,' Li added.

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