By Emma Seibold, Photography by Mel Koutchavlis |
May 1, 2014
Ballet barre workout moves
SIDE LEG LIFT: Face the bar and standing a few feet away from it. Lean forward and place one arm on the bar in front of you. Place your other arm on your hip to balance as you push you leg out and up to hip height.
Pulse the weighted leg up and down by your side for 10 counts. Try mixing up 10 slow pulses with 10 quick ones. Switch sides to complete a set.
You can also adjust this move by placing both hands on the bar or structure in front of you and standing with one leg on your toes. Lean forward as you lift your leg behind you and to the side, bending at the knee. Make sure your back is flat and you head is down to avoid straining your neck.
PARALLEL THIGH : Stand on profile to your support, press your thighs together.
Come up to the balls of your feet and bend knees forward. Place ball between thighs and squeeze to hold, shoulders back. Hold for 10 counts and do 10 slow pulses up and down followed by 10 quick pulses to finish.
You can also try this move with a ball for more advanced move and to work those inner thighs. Place ball between thighs and squeeze to hold. Continue reps.