Time: 30 minutes
Have you ever noticed how darn good dancers look in tights? That’s because they’re doing these exercises to work their glutes, quads, and calves. While you don’t need to don a pair of tights for this workout, you’ll definitely be able to rock a pair like a ballerina afterwards.
Cody’s Tight for Tights Barre Workout:
Laying side leg raises:
Lay on your side on the floor, raise your top leg, and pulse it up and down about one foot each direction. The key is to not swing your leg back and forth, because the momentum allows you to “cheat”. Do 50 pulses, then switch and repeat on the other side.
Position yourself on all fours, with your knees under your hips and your forearms on the ground. Raise one leg off the ground, keeping the knee at a 90 degree angle so that your thigh is parallel to the ground. In this position, pulse the leg upwards as high as you can with each movement. Do 2 sets of 25 pulses on each side.
Stand away from the bar to work your core and test your balance, as well as strengthen your legs for this exercise. With your arms extending outwards from the shoulders, sweep one leg up and off the ground, bringing it as high as you can without bending your back or knees. Do this grand battement kick to the front, then side, then back to complete “one”. Do 2 sets of 20 on each leg.
Squats with arm circles:
Stand in second position with a small weight in each hand, arms held out to the side at shoulder level. Descend into a plié, so that your knees make a 90 degree angle, and your thighs are parallel with the floor. Hold this second position squat, and do 50 clockwise arm circles, then 50 counter-clockwise arm circles.