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Do 1 set of the recommended number of reps for each move, moving from one to the next with little rest in between. Depending on how much time (and energy) you have, repeat the full circuit 1, 2, or 3 times total. You’ll need: A sturdy, high back chair and a set of light hand weights (2 to 5 lbs). 1. Relevé Plié Repetitions: 20 Targets: thighs, abs, ankles, and feet Stand with your feet in first position (heels together, toes turned out about 45 degrees), legs straight, and hands gently resting on the back of the chair. With your spine tall and abs tight, rise up onto the balls of your feet. Plié by bending your knees out over your toes (only lower about half-way down). Straighten your legs (squeezing your inner thighs together as you extend), and then lower your heels. Repeat 20 times total. 2. Parallel Plié Pulse Repetitions: 20 Targets: glutes, thighs, abs, ankles, and feet Stand with your feet parallel and together, hands on the back of chair. Press up onto the balls of your feet and bend your knees into a deep plié by lowering your hips as far down as you can, squeezing your inner thighs together (knees should stay touching). Lift up halfway (knees should stay bent), and then return to deep plié position. That's one rep. Repeat 20 times total. 3. Arabesque Attitude Repetitions: 20 on each side Targets: glutes, hips, and obliques Stand tall with your feet in first position and place your right hand on the back of the chair. Keeping your chest lifted, extend your left leg behind your hip into an arabesque position, foot pointed, and reach your left arm in front of your shoulder, palm facing down. Keeping your left leg raised, bend your left knee out to the side into an attitude position (your knee should be higher than your foot), and reach your left arm above your head in third position (elbow slightly bent, arm in a half circle shape by your ear, palm down). Extend your raised leg back out into arabesque. That's one rep. Repeat 20 times with the left leg, 20 times with the right.
A throwback to the 2 years I took ballet class when I was in elementary school. Sounds like a great way to build your strength though!
Barre is slowly becoming my new favorite group workout!
Same here @caricakes I really want to take this up! I just can't commit to a studio (I hate paying for classes!) so I'll just stick with these home workouts (Thanks @Nisfit!)
I really want to start doing barre, where else can I workout in those cool socks?!
I love a good plie!
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