Time: 30 minutes
Have you been itching to try out a barre workout? Get toned and live out your prima ballerina dreams with these basic barre exercises. This beginner barre workout will have you practicing your pliés, relevés, passés, and arabesques. Bonne chance! (Good luck)
Basic Barre Exercises:
First position plié and relevé:
Stand in first position, then bend your knees into a demi plié. From your plié, spring upwards slightly (don’t leave the ground) as you straighten your knees and raise your heels. Hold and balance in first position relevé for 15 seconds, then slowly lower your heels, ending in first position. Do 3 sets of 20.
Second position plié, relevé, and arm circles:
Facing away from the barre in second position, hold a small weight in each hand and bring your arms out to the side at shoulder-height. Sink into a plié, bending your knees to a 90 degree angle, in which your thighs are parallel to the floor. Staying in this second position plié, raise your heels so that you are balancing on the balls of your feet, and do 50 clockwise arm circles. Rest, then do another 50 counter-clockwise 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.
Stand with one side to the barre, center your weight on the leg closest to the barre, then extend your ‘open’ leg straight out behind you, leaning forward slightly. Pulse your extended leg behind you 20 times. Then switch your lean to the back by sweeping your extended leg in front of you and leaning back slightly. Pulse your extended leg in front of you 20 times. Switch legs and repeat on the other side.