Time: 20 minutes
Are you one of those people with notoriously bad balance? Well, ballerinas have impeccable balance, so for this barre workout we’ve stolen some of their signature moves to help you strengthen your core and develop better balance.
Cody’s Barre Workout to Develop Balance:
For these exercises try and use the barre as little as possible (it is there to keep you from wildly flailing and falling). You can challenge yourself by standing away from the barre altogether.
Stand in fifth position, with a small weight in each hand and extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Sweep one foot up and off the floor to fully extend the leg in front of you. Try to completely isolate all movement to the leg (don’t let your back curve, or torso wiggle). Keep your arms out while you do 20 grand battements on each leg.
Stand in first position, then raise your heels so that you are balancing on the balls of your feet, making sure to keep your bum tucked under your spine. Hold this relevé and balance here while you do 20 arm circles clockwise. Lower your heels for a small break, then rise into a relevé again, hold, and balance while you do 20 counterclockwise arm circles.
Center your weight on one leg, and slide the other foot up the side of your standing leg until the side of your big toe connects with the side of your standing knee. Hold your balance in this passé position for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Do 3 sets of 30 second holds on each leg. For an added challenge, try to raise your heel and balance on your toes only.
Get into a plank position on the floor and begin by holding for 15 seconds. For the next minute, transition between left, right, and center planks, holding for 15 seconds each, without ever dropping your knees or breaking the plank. The one-minute plank sequence is center + left + right +center. Rest after one sequence, then repeat the rolling planks sequence two more times.