Ballet barre exercises for barre beginners:
Did your last barre class kick your butt? Practice these ballet barre exercises to build strength, flexibility, and balance before your next barre class.
Ballet Barre Exercises:
Calf & triceps raises:
Stand with your heels together and your toes pointed out to the sides. Hold a light weight in each hand, close to the back of your head. Lift your heels and rise onto the balls of your feet. At the same time, straighten your arms overhead. Do 30 calf/triceps raises.
Second position arm circles:
Hold a small weight in each hand, with your feet and arms in a wide second position. Sink down into a grande plié so that your thighs are parallel with the floor. Rise onto the balls of your feet, and balance there as you move your arms in quick, tight circles. Do 30 arm circles in both directions before lowering back down onto your heels.
Place your hands on a counter or chair for balance. Stand with your feet parallel and hip-width apart, and rise onto your toes. Balance on the balls of your feet and sink until your thighs make a 45-90 degree angle with the floor. “Pulse” up and down in this position, using your glutes & hamstrings to rise and sink a few inches with each pulse. Do 30 before lowering your heels and straightening your legs.
Fifth Position Flutter Kick
Lay on your back with your arms by your sides and your thumbs tucked under your lower back (this will help you stay conscious of the curve of your back). Extend your legs straight up and point your toes. Practice making little half-circles with your feet, switch them back and forth quickly so that you are alternating your right and left feet front and back. Continue this small, controlled movement with your feet & legs, but engage your abs and slowly lower your legs towards the ground, then back up. Do 40 of these fifth-position flutter kick leg raises.
More Ballet Barre Exercise Basics:
- An overview of the Basic Technique used in Ballet Barre workouts
- The Five Positions of Ballet, used in Barre workouts
- Barre Workout Clothes: What to Wear
- Basic Barre Class Terms and Vocabulary