Find Your Guru: David Kirsch, Madison Square Club NYC
Seeking a better-body guru to lengthen, strengthen, tone and help you totally OWN your own manifestation powers? S-Life's got your back (and, your ever-getting-better booty). In Find Your Guru, we'll be introducing you to some pretty incredible men and women across the country, all here to train your unique body in whatever it is that it loves to do, as well as give you the tools to live your sexiest, most loving and creative life imagined (because, after all, that is your true nature). There's no harm in asking for a little help, so without further ado, may we introduce you to David Kirsch, of NYC's Madison Square Club (and of Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, and Jennifer Lopez's back sides).
How would you describe your method of exercise?
"It’s evolved over the years because, the reality is, we have so much less time now. So I’ve really truncated the workouts, and I’ve made them punctuated, but just as effective.
I’m a body sculptor — that’s what I’m known for. I’m a stickler on form and on body-part-specific exercises. I love to shape, tone, sculpt and reduce. I also love to empower, so the exercises can always be easily transported to your apartment, house, office, or the beach. There’s no reason why you can’t do a 20-minute or 30-minute bootcamp on the beach. For me, it’s about empowering and educating and sharing the knowledge that I’ve applied over the years."
Sumo Lunge to a Side Kick with a Squat Jump
1) Stand in a “sumo” position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees bent, and body weight over your heels.
2) Take a large step sideways with your right leg, bringing your right knee in toward your chest and then over to the right in one continuous movement.
3) As soon as your right foot touches the ground, bring your knee back into your chest and complete a side kick, kicking your right heel out to the side.
4) Lower your right leg to the floor, returning to sumo position. Squat down while keeping the weight in your heels and stick out your butt. Keep your knees directly above — not in front of — your toes.
5) Spring up while thrusting your arms overhead. Land on your heels, rolling forward onto your toes. Repeat with a sumo lunge and side kick with your left leg and another squat jump. Continue alternating right and left until you have completed fifteen lunges on each side and thirty squat jumps.
What do clients come to you looking to achieve?
It depends on the client, but the cumulative things they want are toned arms, abs and an ass for sure. They want more energy, focus, stress relief and longevity.
What area of the body is your speciality?
The ass. I’m the master of the ass. I own it and I have lots of assess to prove it — Jennifer Lopez, Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell…
Stability Ball Pike with a Knee Tuck
This exercise not only engages the core, but also strengthens the arms and lower back.
1) Walk into a pushup position with the balls of your feet on the stability ball and your palms on the floor under your chest. Keep your abs tight and don’t allow your hips to sag downward.
2) Lift your hips up into a pike position, and return to the starting position.
3) Keeping your hips aligned, bring your knees to your chest and return to the starting position. That’s one rep; complete fifteen.
What are three words that describe a workout with you?
Intense, exhilarating, and transformational.
What can people get from a workout with you that they can’t get anywhere else?
Empowerment, enthusiasm, encouragement, and the belief that it's all possible. Too often, I think trainers make things difficult for the sake of making them difficult because they think that the more difficult their workout is, the better they’re going to be viewed as a trainer. After all these years, I can be honest in saying that I’ve seen it all. I can challenge you without making the workout that complicated.
A plank, a push-up, the proper lunge or a single-leg dead lift will kick your ass. For me, it’s about taking an exercise and seeing how many parts I can engage. If I made you do a single-leg dead lift then you’re focusing on your core, you’re focusing on your legs, and you’re shaping while straightening and learning coordination. You’re engaging your mind. In my first book, “Sound Mind, Sound Body”, I talk about how everything that you do is connecting your mind to your body."
Stability Ball Balance Dip
1) Sit on the floor with a stability ball right in front of you.
2) Place your hands behind you on the floor with your fingers pointed forward. Place your legs atop the ball and get your balance.
4) Lift your butt off of the floor and simultaneously bend your arms and press up.
5) The focus is on your triceps, so make sure to keep your elbows as close together as possible. Aim for 3 sets of 15 reps
How involved are you as a trainer?
I am in your life — I go out with clients and I text at all hours. I ask about what they’re eating, and make them send me two diaries. They email me menus and say, “Help! What should I eat?!’ I write workouts for when they’re traveling.
It’s about accountability — that’s huge for me. It’s not about disappointing me, but about disappointing yourself. Only you know how you feel when you have an amazing workout. I want to get you to that nirvana — that place where physically, mentally and spiritually, you are connected. When they get there, there’s nothing better. That’s what you want.
Who is your ideal client?
You guys [laughs]. But seriously, I have been really, really blessed. I still consider many of my clients to be dear friends. Heidi Klum and I go back 15 years. Jennifer Lopez and I go back way longer. Kate Upton is now besties with my daughters. I love them all. I get emotionally involved.
To do what I do, it is so much more than physical, so I invest a lot of myself. At the end of my day, I’m exhausted. If I had to pick one ideal client that I've had, I’d say Jennifer [editor's note: again...as in Lopez], because she’s the perfect combination of enthusiasm and energy, positive energy and appreciation, and gratitude and focus. She’s going to be 47, and she’s got a body that rivals any one of my clients her age. I have a lot of admiration and respect for that woman.