Time: 20 minutes
Strengthen your core with this easy barre workout that will work your abs in ways that traditional crunches often miss. This barre workout will give you a long and lean torso, while engaging muscles you didn’t even know existed.
Cody’s Barre Workout with Focus on Core:
Stand away from the bar with your feet shoulder-width apart, and hold a small weight in each hand. Extend your arms out to the side at shoulder level, then hinge your torso forward at the hips until it is parallel with the floor. Keep your arms out, back straight, and head up for the duration of this exercise. Raise and lower your torso about 45 degrees per ‘pulse’, and do 20 of these torso raises to the front. Then swivel your torso so that it is positioned over your left leg and do 10 torso raises, then repeat on the right.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Trying to keep every part of you still except for your torso, move your rib cage to the left and right (there is no turning movement, your chest should always be facing forward) for 30 seconds. Next, extend and contract your torso so that your rib cage is moving front and back for 30 seconds. Finally, move your rib cage in controlled circles over your hips for 30 seconds.
Get into a plank position on the floor and begin by holding for 15 seconds. For the next minute, transition between left, right, and center planks, holding for 15 seconds each, without ever dropping your knees or breaking the plank. The one-minute plank sequence is center + left + right + center. Rest after one sequence, then repeat the rolling planks sequence two more times.
Stand with one side to the barre, center your weight on the leg closest to the barre, then extend your ‘open’ leg straight out behind you, leaning forward slightly. Pulse your extended leg behind you 20 times. Then switch your lean by sweeping your extended leg in front of you and leaning back slightly. Pulse your extended leg in front of you 20 times. Switch legs and repeat on the other side.