Thursday, 3 July 2014

Free-Standing Ballet Barre Exercises to Help You Firm and Tone

Free standing ballet barres are not just for ballerinas, as they can be used as part of an effective fitness routine to help you firm and tone muscles. Here are some exercises you can try to help you get in great shape and look terrific.

PliƩ Squats

This exercise is similar to a traditional squat, but is done with toes facing outward and legs slightly wider than hip distance apart. Lower your body until your knees are just over your toes and parallel to the floor. Lift yourself up on your toes and hold for five to ten seconds before lowering your hips up and down by about six inches. Perform around 20 reps at each workout to firm your thighs, calves and buttocks.

Battlement Tendu

Begin by standing with one side to the bar and legs crossed in front of you. Your back foot should be facing the bar, while your front foot should be facing away. You will then stretch your front foot toward the front, back or side, while keeping it flexed and pointed. Repeat on the other side, performing a total of ten to fifteen reps to increase flexibility and strengthen the ankles and calves.

Incline Push-up

Place your hands on the barre about shoulder distance apart and walk backwards until you are at a slight incline. Be sure your body is in a straight line from shoulder to toe, and then lower your body until your chest touches the bar. Hold for a few seconds, and then raise to the starting position. Complete 15 to 20 reps per workout to strengthen your chest, arms and shoulders.


These exercises are easy enough to do, even if you are a beginner. Add them to your workout, and you should notice results after around 10 workout sessions. To find a ballet barre that is perfect for your fitness routine, contact us.

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