Even Ronda Rousey ‘Got Her Butt Kicked’ by Celebrity Trainer Ky Evans’ ‘Extremely Intense’ Pilates Workout

04/25/2016 at 03:01 PM ET

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If you don’t think Pilates workouts are tough, that’s because you haven’t taken a class with celebrity trainer Ky Evans.

Evans – who appears on NBC’s fitness competition show Strong – teaches using the Lagree Method and the Megaformer machine.

“The Megaformer is a blank canvas,” Evans tells PEOPLE. “It allows me to do so many different things without putting impact on the body – there’s no impact on the back, the spine, the neck, the knees, the elbows, the shoulder. It also allows you to go into a full range of movement without [relying on] momentum, which is not truly stimulating the mind or body.”

His classes use slow movements on the Megaformer – which utilizes resistance to tone the muscles – to make big body transformations.

“My classes are extremely intense,” says Evans. “You’re going to burn between 600 to 900 calories, without ever having to run or jump. It’s all controlled and slow. When you’re resting and you’re done with the Megaformer work, because of the slow-twitch stimuli, you’re burning more fat at rest than you are with fast-twitch training like weights or Crossfit. It truly is the ultimate system.”

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Evans explains that Megaformer training also helps train your body for all the other athletic disciplines – which is why UFC champion Ronda Rousey was a long-time devotee of Evans’ classes.

“She got her butt kicked and loved every minute of it!” says Evans. “She loved the process of training and how it made her feel. She loved that it was low-impact, and all the core work.”

Having a strong core is essential to being a good fighter, says Evans.

“From a fighting perspective, especially in mixed martial arts, they need mobility, flexibility and a powerful core to generate punching and kicking power,” he says. “That’s my specialty – hamstring, glutes, core. So it really played into her training ideology.”

Rousey was a fan of Evans’ group classes because they emphasize mental as well as physical strength.

“Every class starts with an idea, and the classes are choreographed to get you ready for the ultimate sport: life,” he says. “It’s moving meditation.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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