For some of us, our lives can be hectic and we are unable to go to a Barre class as much as we wanted. But that doesn’t mean our busy schedules can keep us from doing Barre workouts. You can do them even at home! So turn up that music player of yours, get a chair, and try these fantastic moves.
1. Relevé Plié
Stand up straight. Put your heels together. Your toes should angle at 45 degrees. Gently rest your hands at the back of the chair. With your spine tall and abdominals tight, rise up to the balls of your feet. Gently bend your knees out over your toes about half-way down. Slowly straighten your legs. Your inner thigh muscles should be contracted as you stand up. Lower your heels.
Do 20 reps.
2. Parallel Plié Pulse
Stand up straight. Your feet should be parallel and together. Place your hands at the back of the chair. Press up onto the balls of your feet then bend your knees. Lower your hips as much as you can. Your inner thigh muscles should be contracted. Rise up half way with your knees still bent, then lower your hips again.
Do 20 reps.
3. Arabesque Attitude
Stand upright. Position your left hand on the back of the chair. Lift your chest. Keep it lifted. Do the arabesque position by lifting your left leg backwards up to your hip level. Your foot should be pointy. Position your left arm forward, shoulder level, and palm facing down.
With your left leg still raised, bend your left knee. Your knee should be higher than your foot. Then raise your left arm higher than your head. Your elbow should be slightly bent and your arm should form a semi-circle from your ear to your hand. Palm should be facing down. With your raised leg, go back into the arabesque position. Then return to the starting position.
Do 20 reps on each leg.
4. Reaching Rond de Jambe
Stand upright. Rest your right hand on the back of the chair. Tighten your abs and lift your leg forward as high as you can. Keep your back straight as you lift your leg. Lift your left arm in a way that it creates a half frame around your face. The toes of your left feet should be pointy.
Gently move your raised leg to the side. Lower your raised arm to your side, shoulder level. Your elbow should be slightly bent and your palm should face front. Next, move your leg to your back. Position your arm like creating a half frame around your face again. Then lean your upper body forward, along with your hips, until it is parallel to the floor. Slowly lift back up. You spine should still be kept straight. Lower your leg and arm back into starting position.
Do 10 reps each side.
So there you have it! Try these simple at-home Barre workouts and enjoy the graceful (but challenging) moves with some music on the background.
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