Ballet Barre Routine: This intermediate ballet barre routine is a great barre routine to help you lose weight and get that toned, ballet body. Even if you’re sweating like a pig, you can still workout like a swan. Play some upbeat music and use a countertop at home for this household-friendly ballet barre routine.
Ballet Barre Routine:
Stand in first position, holding a small weight in each hand up and behind your head. Use your calves to raise yourself onto the balls of your feet, while simultaneously straightening your elbows and raising the weights up and above your head. Do 4 sets of 15 triceps relevés.
Place your left hand on the barre so that you are facing the side. With your right leg, brush your foot forward and extend your leg off the floor, kicking it in front of you as high as your flexibility allows while keeping your leg straight and your foot pointed. Do 3 sets of 10 on each foot.
Place your right hand on the barre for balance. Keeping your chest lifted, brush your left foot up and off the floor behind you, and extend your left hand straight out in front of you. This is an arabesque. Balancing in this arabesque position, pulse your leg up and down behind you to work your legs & glutes. Do 3 sets of 10 on each leg.
Incline Push Ups:
Place your hands against a counter or back of a sturdy chair. Keep your elbows glued to your sides as you bend your arms and lower yourself until your chest lightly brushes the counter top. For the length of one upbeat song (~3 minutes) push up & down on the counter, bending your arms between 45-90 degrees (don’t straighten them completely).
Begin by balancing on your sit-bones and making a “V” with your legs and torso. Slightly bend your knees so that your calves & shins are parallel with the floor. Contract your abs, bringing your torso and knees inwards towards the middle, then exhale and extend them outwards. One contraction and extension is “one”. Now do one hundred.