New Wine Workout: Pick Up a Bottle and Get Fit

Wine Work OutPhoto by: April Storey

Fitness instructor April Storey gets a lift from two bottles of Beaulieu Vineyards.

Wine lovers already know that moderate wine consumption offers a long list of potential health benefits, but not until recently had we considered bringing it to the gym. That’s thanks to a series of workout videos from Redding, Calif.–based fitness instructor April Storey, in which the 24-year-old mother has replaced dumbbells with bottles of Beaulieu Vineyards.

After purchasing wine for a New Year’s Eve party, Storey recorded and posted a short video on Facebook. In the 36-second clip, she uses wine bottles as hand weights and sips Cabernet between biceps curls and pushups, all while wearing a “Will Run for Wine” T-shirt. “I made it as a humorous video for all the wine lovers out there who are also fitness lovers,” Storey told Unfiltered. “I wanted to show the two worlds colliding.”

Storey’s video resonated far beyond her Facebook friends, as it now has millions of views and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show and on CNN. On last week’s National Drink Wine Day, she made a second video featuring wine paired with wall sits and lunges.

Although the video began as a joke, Storey hopes to teach an important lesson about living a healthy lifestyle. “As long as everything is done in moderation, you can be a fitness enthusiast and still love wine and that’s OK!” she said. The athletic Cabernet fan practices what she preaches, regularly enjoying wine with meals and recently tasting through Napa after a wine-country half-marathon. She plans to continue the “wine workout” momentum with more videos, including a group workout with a white wine–loving friend. Unfiltered has already rearranged our wine rack by weight: 2-pound everyday drinkers at the top, and those 5-plus-pound max-out day cult Cabernets at the bottom.

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