Hard on muscles but kind on joints, barre workouts are ideal to add into your fitness regime at home or away as they can be easily done with just a chair as a prop.
Strengthen and tone the entire lower body with these six barre moves from fitness expert Louisa Drake. This low-impact, high-intensity, at-home barre workout uses bodyweight to achieve a longer, leaner body and peachy posterior in just 15 minutes.
Start with a simple warm-up to get the body ready and mind focussed. Try some dynamic stretches or jogging for five minutes, then move onto the barre exercises. Follow parts A and B, exercises 1-6 with short rests in-between.
Targets: Glutei, quads, hamstrings, abs, especially pelvic floor.
Alignment & setup: Facing profile, one hand on a chair or countertop, the other lengthens out in line with shoulder. Step feet to point to the corners of the room. Legs are externally rotated and turned out. Lower hips in-between legs into a plié. Knees track over toes (watch for knee placement). Weight is centred between both legs. Torso is vertical, shoulders relaxed.
Part A – Bend both knees, lower hips towards floor, wrapping thighs back. Hold for 2 seconds before lifting up to stand. Engage glutes and pull up the thighs. Reps: 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Stay low in wide second plié and wrap or press the thighs back and forwards to engage glutes for 20-30 seconds, or double up for a greater burn.
Tips: Imagine you are sliding down a wall and aim to get your thighs horizontal to the floor. Don’t let the bottom stick out.
Targets: Glutes, quads, inner thighs, calves, abs and back.
Alignment & setup: Start facing the chair or countertop using both hands for support, vertical spine, feet in a ballet first position or small V. Heels together, toes apart so you form a narrow V. Stagger the legs with one foot slightly crossed behind the opposite shoulder. Hips and shoulders square. Knees track over middle toes and back heel is lifted. Don’t go low if you’ve any knee issues.
Part A – Bend both knees and lower the back knee towards the floor. Hold for two seconds before lifting up to stand and squeezing the glutes tight and pulling up the front thigh. Reps: 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Stay low in curtsy lunge and pulse the back knee up an inch and down an inch for 20-30 seconds or double up for a greater burn.
Repeat on the other side.
Tips: Don’t rush through the movement. Keep everything controlled, watch your knee placement and nail the technique.
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Targets: Glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves and abs.
Alignment & setup: Facing profile, one hand on chair or countertop, the other on hip. Start in ballet first position or small V. Heels together and lifted at least two inches off the floor, toes apart, vertical spine, abdominals engaged, shoulders above hips, knees over middle toes.
Part A – Pilé with heels lifted and glued together. Knees are slightly bent but as you lower your hips to your heels your quads will engage and maybe even shake (this is normal). Hold it for two seconds in a deep position before lifting. Make sure the knees stay bent and heels are connected. Really squeeze your glutes together on the lift without straightening the knees fully. Reps – 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Stay halfway down in a vertical V and add pulses up an inch and down an inch for 20-30 seconds or double up for a greater burn.
Tips: Imagine there is a piece of string on the crown of your head connected to the ceiling to help your posture. The more you press your heels together, the harder the glutes will work.
Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, abs and back.
Alignment & setup: Facing the chair or countertop, lightly rest hands on top. Walk feet back underneath hips, ballet first position or small V, slight bend in the knees. The spinal alignment will be a curved or slightly rounded back. Bend one leg, lift working leg up and back with a pointed foot. Aim to keep the hips square and soften the supporting leg.
Part A – Lift and lower the leg up an inch and hold for two seconds before lowering it down an inch or two. Lead from knee as you lift and lower. Use small, precise movements, really isolating the working leg without arching the back. Maintain a slight bend in the supporting leg, this will also work hard so don’t be alarmed if you feel more of a burn. Reps: 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Add in small pulses, up an inch and down an inch for 20-30 seconds or double up for a greater burn.
Repeat on other side.
Tips: If you feel that you are sinking into the supporting hip, use the opposite hand to shift your weight – this will help to counter balance. Keep pelvis and lower back still and breathe into your belly to keep core engaged.
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Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, abs and back.
Alignment & setup: Facing the chair or countertop, lightly rest hands on top. Start in ballet first position or small V. Heels together, toes apart, vertical spine, abdominals engaged, shoulders above hips, knees over middle toes. Extend working leg so the big toe touches or hovers off the floor while the hips remain square. The leg is rotated in the hip. Start to lift the leg higher, maintaining an upright posture.
Part A – Lift and continue to extend the working leg up and back without tilting the torso too far forwards. Aim to maintain an upright posture throughout, and your supporting leg can be slightly bent. Hold the leg lift for two seconds at its highest point before lowering it down to the floor. Isolate the working leg without arching the back. Reps: 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Maintain arabesque leg lift and add in small pulses, up an inch and down an inch to feel the glutes engage for 20-30 seconds, or double up for a greater burn.
Repeat on other side.
Tips: Lead from little toe as you lift and lower big toe to floor. Try to resist bending the working leg and keep your torso still and abdominals lifted.
Targets: Glutes, especially as this exercise trims the outer glute and thighs, hamstrings, back, arms and abs – especially the obliques aka waistline.
Alignment & setup: Stand profile to the chair. The supporting hand rests on top of chair or countertop, elbow slightly forward of shoulder, other hand on hip. Feet together, toes angled into the corner of room, heels out. Bend both knees and the outside working leg bends and lifts out towards the centre of the room. Think side plank, standing, hips are square and stacked, tilt in towards the chair (some space might be needed to achieve this, option to hop/step out). The pelvis is pressed slightly forwards so the abdominals engage and you can maintain better posture. The working leg in bent parallel, knee is in line with hip, shoulders, torso, pelvis and thigh in one line. Pull abdominals in tight, this position really activates the oblique muscles and waistline. Aim to keep the working ankle slightly higher than the knee – it’s almost as though you are lifting the working leg over something.
Part A – Lift the working leg up in line with hip as you slightly lean towards the chair without sinking or slouching. Hold it for two seconds and lower the leg down towards the floor no lower than your supporting knee. Reps: 8-10 or double up for more of a challenge.
Part B – Reach your arm up to the ceiling or corner of room as the knee lowers slightly. As you lift the knee inline with hip, press the arm and try and tap your hand on your knee. Really use your arm to press and reach to work the back and arms. Reps – 8-10.
Repeat on other side.
Tips: Channel you inner ballerina in B with the arm work and lift the knee higher for that final challenge.
Cool down with some static stretches for the legs and spine, taking at least 15 seconds and building up to 30 seconds, to properly lengthen and release.
6 bum-toning barre moves you can do at home
Strengthen and tone the entire lower body with this low-impact, high-intensity, at-home barre workout. For peachy posterior in just 15 minutes.
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