All month long we’ve been getting our sweat ‘n sip on with modelFIT, the NYC workout the runway set can’t get enough of (and neither can we!). Our Guest Editor Lily Aldridge loves it too, and it’s not hard to see why: the Victoria’s Secret Angel-approved workout takes the best of all world – dance, sculpting, boxing, yoga, you name it – and fuses them into a straightforward yet innovative workout that reaps major rewards. Founders Justin Gelband and Vanessa Packer have been sharing their favorite simple yet effective moves each week, along with a recipe from Vanessa’s site, Bonberi, to keep you fueled and fit long after your heart rate comes down.
This week, Justin and Vanessa are breaking down a move from a workout style models have been going crazy for this year: boxing. “Boxing is all about rotation, which is a great way to engage the core,” says Gelband. “Keep your stomach tight throughout the exercises to refrain from hurting your back”. Refuel with this homemade nut milk recipe, which uses coconut water for an extra electrolyte one-two punch!
Justin Gelband’s Favorite 3-Step Boxing Move
Start with your left leg bent and right leg extended to the side with your foot pointed, keep your arms bent at 90 degree angles so forearms are parallel to your body.
Lift your leg to 45 degrees, and then lower it.
Punch with your right fist toward to left side, twisting your body in that direction and then punch your left fist to the right side.
Bonberi’s Replenishing Nut Milk
1 cup raw nuts (almond, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts or walnuts work best. Do a blend if you are feeling creative!)
2 cups unpasturized Thai coconut water
Cinnamon (to taste)
Vanilla bean (to taste)
Nutmeg (to taste)
Nut milk bag or cheese cloth
Soak nuts overnight in a bowl so they are submerged. The longer they soak the creamier the milk.
Drain and rinse the nuts.
In a blender, combine two cups water with the strained nuts and blend on high until the mixture is very fine.
Pour about a third of the contents into a nut bag and twist and squeeze the liquid into a pitcher or bowl. Repeat until the entirety of the blender is emptied and extracted through the bag.
Add cinnamon, vanilla bean and nutmeg to taste. Feel free to add your favorite alternative sweetener to taste – raw honey and stevia are what we like best.
*The nut meal left over can be used as a substitute in baked goods, or to add density to smoothies and hot cereals.