Barre Workout for Beginners: This beginner barre workout is a great way to get toned & lose weight- without hitting the gym or the pavement. Try out this fun & easy barre workout for beginners next time you want to workout like a ballerina.
Barre Workout for Beginners:
High Knees and Heel Kicks:
Stand away from the barre with your arms held out to the side at shoulder level. Begin by running in place with high knees (bring each knee as high and close to your chest as you can) for 1 minute. Then switch to heel kicks- run in place and kick your backside with your heels with each step. Alternate between the two for sets of 1 minute each, 6 minutes total.
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).
Second Position Grande Plié:
Begin by standing in second position, holding a weight in each hand out to the side. Bend your knees into a deep plié, so that your thighs are parallel with the floor, and hold this stance. In a controlled manner, pulse a few inches up and down in this grande plié, raising your arms on the descent, and lowering your arms on the upward movement. Do 60 of these.
Place your left hand on the barre & find your balance. With your right leg, brush your foot forward and extend your leg off the floor, keeping it straight and your foot pointed. Hold it in front of you and trace quick, tight circles with your pointed toe. Do 50 circles on each leg.
Face the bar and stand about two feet away from it. Bend your right leg and wedge a weight in the crook of your knee. Lean forward and place your hands on the bar in front of you, and pulse your weighted leg up and down behind you 50 times, then switch sides & repeat.
Place your hands on the barre for balance. Stand with your feet parallel, 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 100 pilé pulses.