Ballet Barre Inspired Workout

Some of you may or may not know this but I used to be a ballerina. From the time I was able to walk my Mom enrolled me into a local ballet studio and I fell in love with the precise movement, the music and the grace. I have performed in Nutcrackers, Cinderellas’ and other classical ballets, practiced pointe, tap, modern, jazz, hip hop..you name it I did it. My weekends and afternoons were DANCE, no question about it I was a dancer and I LOVED IT until I turned 14. At this age I decided boys were way more interesting and in light of it all saw how the older ballerinas were letting there high school years go down the drain for a slight chance at becoming a superstar ballerina. Long story short I became a song leader in High School danced my way through football and basketball games and then after that I was done with it all.

Many years passed but after being reintroduced to ballet at Cardio Barre Beverly Hills I got back into my dancing habits and fell right back into my ballet shoes and back to the barre.  I love barre classes and am so happy that the art of Ballet has found a new way to be shared amongst those who would think a traditional class a snore.

Ballet Barre Inspired Workout

Ballet Barre Inspired Workout

Beginners: Use no ankle weights and work on using proper form. Aim for 20 reps and work your way up.

Intermediate: Use 1-2 lb. ankle weights and perform 30-40 reps.

Advanced: Use 2-5 lb. ankle weights and perform 30-40 reps picking up your feet one by one during the pulses (thigh burn ALERT)

+Booty Sweep:: Start with your hands lightly on the bar or wall, pull your belly button in and open your chest with your chin held high. Bring your right foot to the back of your left calf with knee facing outward. Move your foot out to the side just above the floor and lift it as you raise it back to attitude. The trick with this movement is to bring your leg back to attitude with “attitude,” do not let your leg flop back there, squeeze your booty and hold it before bringing it back down to the beginning. Repeat on the left side.

+First Raise to Pulse:: Start with your hands lightly on the bar or wall, pull your belly button in and open your chest with your chin held high. Squeeze your legs together with your feet in first position. You should feel like you are squeezing money between your thighs. Be sure to tuck your pelvis and keep your spine in line. Rise up onto your toes and bend your legs so your knees go outwards. Pulse gently not harming your knees. If you want to add an advanced move lift your feet off the floor while pulsing one by one.

+Second Raise to Pulse:: Start with your hands lightly on the bar or wall, pull your belly button in and open your chest with your chin held high. Squeeze your legs together with your feet in second position. Have your feet a bit wider then shoulder width apart. Be sure to tuck your pelvis and keep your spine in line. Rise up onto your toes and bend your legs so your knees go outwards. Pulse gently not harming your knees. If you want to add an advanced move lift your feet off the floor while pulsing one by one.

Use these movements and add variations like holding at the end of pulsing or balancing at the end on your toes. Each one of these movements will help shape your booty and create a strong ballerina like posture.

Enjoy the sweat session + just know that you can workout at anytime + anywhere…just GO FOR IT girlfriend!

SO I wanna know..

  • What sport did you play as a kid?
  • Do you enjoy these workouts, let me know 🙂
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