Text by Joyce Chen, Architectural Digest
It’s no secret that Madonna values fitness and keeping herself in tip-top shape, and judging from her Instagram feed, her kids feel the same. The pop icon recently shared a short video clip of her two youngest, twins Estere and Stella, dancing excitedly to Pharrell’s hit song "Happy" in what looks to be a home gym of some sort—and it’s far from the first time that the Material Girl has given followers a glimpse into her impressive Lisbon home. The room consists of at least one full wall of mirrors (perfect for her performance-happy twin girls), slick dark hardwood floors, and a carved marble mantelpiece that currently pays host to a storage of exercise balls and weights. A number of colourful smaller weights are stacked neatly on top of the mantel itself. Perhaps most eye-catching, however, are a number of colourful ropes stretched taut overhead.
n previous interviews, her longtime trainer Nicole Winhoffer told The Cut that a big part of the fitness routine that she likes to run Madonna through includes butt-specific workouts that at times involve “hanging from the ceiling, dangling from ropes, or on ballet bars.” Said Winhoffer, “I have to put her in these really odd positions to even make a butt lift work.” It’s therefore likely that the colourful ropes that run the length of the room are a unique tool for workouts—in addition to dancing, which Madonna and her children all seemingly delight in—that help the Queen of Pop maintain her throne.
Madonna and her family announced their move to Lisbon toward the end of 2017. Their home is an 18th-century Moorish Revival mansion located just outside the central city, spanning a whopping 16,146 square feet and featuring four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a guesthouse, and a caretaker’s cottage. The singer previously owned homes in both Los Angeles (on famed Sunset Boulevard) and in London, though she has listed them in recent years.
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