Two words came to mind when we saw Keri Russell’s bikini body this week: Hot damn!
Russell was spotted taking a dip in the ocean while vacationing in Miami with her family and, while we’re pretty obsessed with her floral, high-waist J.Crew bikini, we’re equally as envious of her slim, summer-ready figure. The actress, who’s currently starring the FX series The Americans, keeps in fit for her action-packed role with trainer and self-defense expert Avital Zeisler. E! News caught up with Zeisler to learn how Keri keeps in fighting (and bikini) shape.
“[Our workouts were all] based on real survival and hand-to-hand combat tactics that I would cover with any client,” Zeisler revealed. “It is important that my students learn correct technique and concepts that are effective. I wanted her to come across authentic and showcase the combative training background that her character portrays in the show.
“I developed her combative fundamentals, like her survival stance and striking technique, which I then incorporated into full body conditioning drills that would help ingrain the self-defense concepts so that they would appear second nature in her fight scenes,” Zeisler added.
So what do these fighting moves consist of? Striking squats, lunges, self-defense push-ups and 360 kicks are all part of Keri’s weekly fitness routine while filming for The Americans.
“We worked on a continuous flow of combatives—also known as strikes and kicks,” Zeisler explained. “We would go through different combinations in a continuous manner so that every combative would blend into the next one. This is a challenging drill, especially as you fight for the proper technique as you increase your performance speed. Doing this is a great form of cardio and it’s amazing to literally watch yourself transform into a weapon of combatives.”
Zeisler recommends that busy moms like Keri, who shares two children, Willa and River, with ex-husband Shane Deary, make time to workout at least twice a week within a time period that fits their lifestyles and schedules.
We’re totally on-board with incorporating combative moves into our workout routines, especially if the results are a physique like Keri’s!