Teri Hatcher, 55, shocks fans with bikini photo after fitness challenge

Teri Hatcher is marking the end of an intense fitness challenge by showing off her new, very muscular figure in a bikini shot posted to Instagram.

For the past eight weeks, the actress, 55, has been participating in the popular F45 training program, which offers high-level, functional, high-intensity workouts through team exercises to help members transform their bodies. To give you an idea, participants aim to burn 750 calories in just a 45-minute gym session.

For Hatcher, it wasn't just the physical transformation that mattered, but the mental one as well.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Teri Hatcher is seen on February 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Teri Hatcher and Emerson Tenney are seen on January 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Teri Hatcher and her daughter Emerson are seen on December 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Teri Hatcher is seen on September 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
JUNE 16, 2017: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Actress Teri Hatcher walks through Sydney Airport in Sydney, New South Wales. Teri Hatcher is in Sydney for the Supanova convention. (Photo by John Grainger/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Teri Hatcher is seen on June 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Actress Teri Hatcher attends the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary at Disneyland Paris on March 25, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 22: Actress Teri Hatcher is spotted on 'Place des Petits Peres' on March 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Teri Hatcher arrives at the 2016 Children's Hospital Los Angeles 'Once Upon a Time' Gala at the L.A. Live Event Deck on October 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 3: 'My Best Friend's Girl' -- To avoid a night of boredom, Oscar suggests that Charlotte (Teri Hatcher) take Felix out on their artsy cultural dates in his place. Also, Emily enlists Dani, Teddy and Murph's help when she has to produce 100 necklaces for an event, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Dec. 12 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Teri Hatcher as Charlotte and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Actors Teri Hatcher (L) and Emerson Tenney (R) attend the after party of 'Big Sky' opening night at Napa Valley Grille on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: Teri Hatcher is seen on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG003/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Teri Hatcher attends Opening Reception For Gregory Siff's 'Portrait Of An American Ice Cream Man' on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Lowell Peterson and Teri Hatcher attend the 30th Annual ASC Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Teri Hatcher is seen on February 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Teri Hatcher seen at LAX on November 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Actress Teri Hatcher wipes away tears after her speech during the United Nations Official Commemoration of the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Actress Teri Hatcher lights the Empire State Building orange in a special ceremony to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence on November 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Actress Teri Hatcher departs the United Nations following the United Nations Official Commemoration of the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/23: Teri Hatcher attends the Hitsville, The Making of Motown, UK Premiere at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Teri Hatcher arriving at the Hitsville:The Making of Motown premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: Teri Hatcher during the "Raffaello Summer Day" on June 18, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Ferrero Deutschland)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Teri Hatcher speaks onstage at the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 25th Anniversary Reunion panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Teri Hatcher speaks onstage at the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 25th Anniversary Reunion panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Teri Hatcher attends the 4th annual "Ante Up For A Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament And Casino Night" at Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills on June 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
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"Exercise has become a source of well being not a means to look good naked. As part of my @f45_training 8 week challenge we had to submit an after photo. So why actually post a pic of myself in a bikini? Well, this is my truth and being in this 55 year old body actually feels liberating," the "Desperate Housewives" star wrote on Instagram. "I've finally figured out how to be comfortable in my own skin."

The mom-of-one added that being vulnerable enough to share her journey is a challenge that requires much confidence, but it's also necessary for growth.

"Sharing myself in a bikini (which I may or may not ever wear again) Is me Being open to others, open to life... finding glorious connection and community. No filters, no makeup, no airbrushing, no negativity. Be strong enough to be vulnerable," she wrote.

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