Did your last barre class kick your butt, and show you how out of shape you really are? Here’s a great strength-building barre workout you can practice at home. Practicing these barre fitness moves will improve your performance at your next barre class.
A Strength-Building Barre Workout
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.
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 (never straightening 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.
Stand in first position with your left side to the barre and hold a weight in your right hand. Bend your knees and hinge your torso forward, keeping your back flat. Lift your left leg behind you, keeping the knee straight and toes pointed, while at the same time lifting your right arm weight up and to the side at shoulder-height. Hold for three beats, then return to first position.
Side Plank Hip Lifts:
Prepare yourself by getting in the side plank position, leaving your hip on the ground to begin with. Then use your core muscles to raise your hips upwards, hold for three beats, then lower them to touch the floor oh-so-slightly before raising them up again.