Black Swan: Natalie Portman’s Ballet Workout

We had such a lovely time at AFI Fest 2010 and loved our Clarisonic Empowered Woman of the Year’s Mila Kunis’ and Natalie Portman’s film, Black Swan. Both actresses endured intense training prior to filming to not only learn the fluid moves of a ballerina, but look the part as well.  Vogue‘s recent Ballet Beautiful piece details Natalie Portman’s workout with former New York City Ballet dancer, Mary Helen Bowers for more than a year, up to 8 hours a day, six days a week.

In addition to swimming, strength and endurance training, Bowers’ workout routine for Portman included muscle building exercises such as the bridge series.  This is a series of lifts while lying on your back with your knees bent and toes raised in demi-pointe, lift and lower your hips; first big dips then miniscule, held up by only your right leg, then the left; with your knees pinned together, and then apart.

*Image courtesy of Shape Magazine

The workout continues with dips and push backs held up entirely by your hands and heels as well as barre exercises dipping from relevés into grand pliés. Vogue also mentions that Portman’s trainer, Mary Helen Bowers, meets her clients all over the world and is launching an online studio this month if you want to get in ballerina shape. Have you seen Black Swan and if so, what do you think of Natalie Portman’s transformation for the part?