Time: 15 minutes
This is a basic barre workout that introduces two exercise moves stemming from first and second position in ballet. These barre exercises will help familiarize your muscles with first and second position, and work your core through the practice of maintaining balance.
If you are unfamiliar with the five basic ballet positions, then you can check out this quick tutorial on The Five Basic Ballet Positions for Barre Workouts to see how to properly do first and second position.
Basic Barre Workout: First and Second Position
Exercise in first position:
Begin by standing in first position. Shift your weight to your left leg as you brush your right foot to the side and off the ground, raising your right leg to the side as high as your flexibility allows, keeping your knee straight and toes pointed. Pulse your leg up and down a few inches, three times, then lower your leg back into first position. Repeat two sets of fifteen on each side.
Exercise in second position:
Facing away from the barre in second position, bring your arms out to the side at shoulder-height to help maintain balance. 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, then lower your heels back down to the ground. Do three sets of ten heel raises in second position.
An end note about barre:
Not feeling the burn? Resistance movements are an essential part of every barre exercise, meaning that to get a full workout, you should be staying in proper form, keeping your muscles engaged, and constantly working against yourself. If you feel like your muscles are not getting a workout, then check out Basic Ballet Barre Workout Techniques to make sure you are doing each movement correctly.
New to barre? Read a quick introduction to barre workouts here. Ready to move on to the next barre workout? Continue onto Basic Barre Workout Part 2: Third, Fourth, and Fifth Position.