Workout: Raising the barre in 2015

One of the best ways to not let your New Year's resolutions fade is to mix up your workouts to keep them fresh and fun. Lindsey Smith of Moxie Strength & Nutrition showed us one of the newest workout trends gracing group fitness studios across the Twin Cities, Barre (pronounced ‘bar').

Barre is a combination of pilates, yoga, dance and functional strength training to sculpt, strengthen and lengthen your muscles.

Workout:

Perform each move for 30-60 second intervals. Repeat entire sequence 3 times.

1. Second Positon Plié Squat Pulses – working legs and inner thighs

a. Option: Raise heels off ground

2. Second Positon Plié Squat Isometric Hold – working legs and inner thighs

a. Option: Raise heels off ground

{Notes for Second Positon Plié Squats: Wide squat, feet wider than hip width distance apart; heels in toes out. Option to raise heels off ground transferring weight to balls of feet. Slide back down wall keep rear and core pulled in tight. Arms straight out in front of you or at hear center.}

3. Chair Balance Knee Pulls – working outer glutes (rear) and obliques

a. Option: Raise heel off ground of standing leg

b. Option: Add weight to working arm for additional shoulder work

{Notes for Chair Balance Knee Pulls: Hold onto chair back, balance on standing leg with a small micro-bend in standing leg; option to raise heel of standing leg off ground. Float working leg to side, pull knee of working leg towards elbow performing a side oblique crunch. Subsequently, extend working leg long engaging outer glutes (rear) while pressing working arm overhead; option to add weight to working arm to engage shoulder as well. Repeat on other side/leg as well.}

4. Arabesque Straight Leg and Arm Raises – working glutes (rear), hamstrings (back of leg) and triceps (back of arm)

a. Option: : Raise heel off ground of standing leg

b. Option: Add weight to working arm for additional tricep work

{Notes for Arabesque Straight Leg and Arm Raises: Hold onto chair back, hinge at hips and lower torso parallel to the ground. Balance on standing leg with a small micro-bend in standing leg; option to raise heel of standing leg off ground. Raise working leg towards ceiling (from ground to hip height) while keeping hips squared off parallel towards the ground. Arm corresponds to leg lifts also performing small straight arm lifts, option to add weight, to work triceps. Repeat on other leg/arm as well.}

Raise the ‘barre' in 2015 with this body sculpting workout!

The studio Lindsey Smith teaches at: http://hautebarrestudios.com
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