MADONNA should have had a tortured expression given
what she had just been through
the pop queen was all smiles after spending 90 minutes
on a rack yesterday for her latest fitness fad, Gyrotonics.
tough regime, used by ballet dancers and gymnasts,
involves fitness buffs being strapped to a device
with stirrups while pulleys stretch their limbs.
singer, 46 - no stranger to going out on a limb herself
- now visits the North London gym for workouts once
fellow member said yesterday: "It may resemble
an instrument of medieval torture but it works miracles.
your feet are strapped in the stirrups it's a bit
like getting ready for a gynaecological examination.
it's great for your posture and exercises parts of
your body other methods can't reach."
pays £90 for weekly one-on-one sessions with
fitness guru James D'Silva.
mum-of-two is delighted with the results because the
£3,500 machine develops long, lean limbs rather
than the bulging muscles other fitness regimes have
say she began visiting instructor James for Pilates
classes but soon became hooked on the new apparatus.
equipment, full name gyrotonic expansion system, was
developed by Romanian ballet dancer Juliu Hovath to
help performers prepare for the stage.
- who lives in Marylebone, Central London, with husband
Guy Ritchie, 35, and children Lourdes, eight, and
Rocco, three - is never slow to try new fitness techniques
and alternative therapies.
star has previously dabbled in Ashtanga yoga and reiki
and is now an ardent follower of Kabbalah, an offshoot