Friday, 7 February 2014

Invigorate Your Workout Routine By Adding a Ballet Barre to Your Home Gym

If you're redesigning your home's workout room and you're looking to spice up your exercise routine, purchasing a Boss Ballet Barre may be the right choice for you. A ballet-inspired workout is great for toning and sculpting your legs and core while improving your balance and flexibility. To help you get started on your new routine, we've listed 3 ballet-based exercises to perform on your barre.

Foot Positioning

To make your foray into barre exercises easier, it's important to learn two basic ballet foot positions. First is foot position one, where you put your heels together with your toes facing out in a 45 degree angle. Second is foot position two which is similar to position one, but instead of keeping your heels together you will separate them until your legs are a tad wider than your hips. Knowing these two positions are enough to get you started with a few fundamental exercises.

Piles

Stand with your right hip facing the ballet barre and place your right hand on the barre, but resist the urge to hold it with a firm grip. Start with your feet in position one and bend your knees until they are over your toes. After going about halfway down, stand back up. While performing this exercise your back should stay straight, and your heels should not leave the floor. Once you've done 12 to 15 repetitions, change your feet to position two. In position two, try lowering yourself until your thighs are perfectly parallel to the floor. Unlike position one, your heels will leave the floor as you bend your knees, but your back must always stay straight.

Relves

While in foot position one, face your ballet barre. Gently place both of your hands on the barre to help you balance. With a straight back and locked knees raise up onto your toes and then slowly lower yourself until your heels are back on the ground. You should do at least 15 to 20 repetitions. This exercise will help you strengthen your calf and ankle muscles.

Arabesque 

To begin, face the ballet barre in first position with your hands gently resting on it. While flexing your abdominal muscles, slowly reach one of you legs back while the other leg stays firmly planted on the ground. The leg that is moving should not bend and should be slightly turned out. Lift your leg as high as you can without compromising your bodies positioning. Once at your highest point, hold your leg in that spot for two counts and then slowly lower it back to foot position one. You should repeat this exercise 12 to 15 times with both legs. This exercise is great for toning your legs and buttocks.

If you're interested in adding a Boss Ballet Barre to your home gym, please contact us, and we'll help you find the perfect barre for your needs.

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