5 Moves to Tone Up at the Barre
Looking for a workout that will tone and slim your hips, thighs and glutes? You might want to head to the barre.
The ballet-inspired total body workout uses lots of repetition and low resistance weights to slowly work your muscles towards a long, lean figure.
While the barre technique is popping up in gyms all across the country, you don't have to attend a class to try it. Jolie Manza of Remorca Fitness gave us an introduction to the barre technique and showed us five moves that can be done at home.
Holding a plié position, lift your right heel up ten times. Lower another inch and lift your left heel ten times. Lower a final inch, lift up on both toes, and pulse down into your glutes ten times.
Holding on to the bar or chair, place your working foot on a towel. Without bending the working leg, slide back and into a lunge, keeping your upper body lifted. Drag the leg back to a standing position without bending it. For more of challenge, add a shoulder press with a small weight or water bottle at the top of the lunge. Repeat 20 times on each side.
Stand with your feet separated and the towel still under your working leg. Cross your working leg diagonally behind you into a deep curtsy lunge. For more of a challenge, add a tricep pulse with a light weight or water bottle. Repeat 20 times on each side.
Hold the bar or chair and fold your body at the hips, creating a 90 degree angle. Sweep your working leg behind into an arabesque position. Bring your leg down and back up ten times on each side.
Jiva Squat to side hydrant
Transitioning from the Arabesque Pulse with your working leg still at a 90 degree angle, cross it down and behind the standing leg. The outside working knee should press into the outside of the standing knee.
Rotate the working leg up and around into a side hydrant position, so that you knee pulls toward the working side of the body. Repeat ten times on each side.