Mind + Body: Emilia Bechrakis Serhant

You probably know Emilia Bechrakis Serhant from “Million Dollar Listing New York” and the spin-off show about her wedding to Ryan Serhant, “Million Dollar Listing New York: Ryan’s Wedding.” But did you also know she holds three law degrees and is a self-proclaimed gym rat?

New York to Greece and Back Again

Serhant was born in New York, raised in Greece, then attended college in the United Kingdom. Her career goal was to become an international lawyer in the United States, United Kingdom, and Greece. With a specialty in maritime law, Serhant had a dream job waiting for her in Geneva, running North America for the largest container line in the world at their global headquarters. She stayed in New York instead, pursuing a career in Land Title Insurance after meeting her husband, Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.”

“I Loved His Arrogance and Wit”

When Serhant first met Ryan, she was intrigued by his confidence and charisma. She found him to be one of the most striking men she had ever seen, she says, pointing out that she also appreciated his sense of humor and confidence.

She knew it was the real deal when she felt nervous around him, but then found herself letting down her guard slowly but surely. “I am a very guarded person and it takes a long time to break down my walls,” Serhant explains. “It took him a while, but he did that.”

When Ryan proposed to her in Times Square in 2015, the whole experience was overwhelming, she admits—and amazing! “No one had ever gone to such lengths to make me feel special.”

Harnessing Her Strength

Growing up a “skinny girl” in Greece, Serhant curtailed many of her favorite activities like horseback riding, swimming, and running track in fear she would lose too much weight. When she moved to New York City, she decided to give exercise another shot after getting inspired by New York City’s fitness culture and her husband’s dedication to his daily workouts. “Once I got into it and saw I gained muscle and didn’t lose weight, I was hooked!”

Greek-Inspired Eating Habits

Serhant’s background has a profound impact on her eating habits. She only uses Greek olive oil at home, and avoids excessive sugar. “After eating fresh food in Greece, I had trouble eating meat and dairy in the United States,” she says, which is why she is slowly becoming vegan—although she still loves fish, she says. And while she rarely eats dairy, when she does, it’s—surprise, surprise—Greek yogurt. “My guilty pleasure—which is actually healthy, so it’s not even a real guilty pleasure—is Greek frozen yogurt from Mike and Dave’s.” (We are all in luck because they have shops opening up in New York City and the Hamptons soon!)

 Her Favorite NYC Workouts

  • Serhant works out religiously with a trainer at The Dogpound, doing circuit and weight training. (Solo workouts at the gym aren’t her thing.)
  • She tries every class she can on the weekends. Her latest favorite: New York Pilates.
  • She also loves spin classes and taking really long walks.

Make Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine: Serhant’s Advice

  • You don’t have to be a member of a fancy gym.
  • Give yourself a month to form fitness as one of your habits.
  • Don’t just talk about working out, do it! Plan mini workouts at home or in the office, then devote three times a week doing something you love.
  • Take the time to figure out what you love. “There’s no reason to hate your workout!”

Favorite NYC Workouts

  • Serhant works out religiously with a trainer at The Dogpound, doing circuit and weight training. (Solo workouts at the gym aren’t her thing.)
  • She tries every class she can on the weekends. Her latest favorite: New York Pilates.
  • She also loves spin classes and taking really long walks.

Workout and Post-Workout Style

  • She goes for brands with breathable fabrics (like Alo and Koral Activewear) at the gym. “I like to sweat!”
  • Jeans and Converse sneakers are her go-to look
  • Getting dolled up for events every once in a while is fun for her

Working Out with Ryan

  • Ryan is an early riser (5 a.m.) so a couples’ workout for them is a rare—but cherished—event.
  • When they go to The Dogpound together, he does her workouts and suffers each time, she says. “Something tells me his 6 a.m. workout is not as hard as mine.”

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