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Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs

The barre workout craze is still going strong for a good reason—the sculpting power of ballet-inspired exercises is undeniable. In this no-impact workout, you'll perform a high number of reps of each move to help lift, shape, and define the areas we envy the most on a dancer's body—legs, butt, and abs.

How it works: Up to four days a week, do 1 set of each exercise back to back. Repeat the entire circuit 1 to 2 more times, depending on how much time and energy you have.

Total Time: up to 15 minutes

You will need: Chair

1. Relevé Passé Rotation 

A.

Stand with feet together about 1 foot away from a sturdy chair. Lightly holding onto the chair with right fingertips, extend left arm out in front of chest with palm facing down.

B.

Engage abs and bend left knee, rising up onto relevé by lifting heel and balancing on ball of right foot. At the same time, slide left foot up to inside of right knee, toes pointed. Rotate upper body to the left and keep hips square to the front. Turn gaze back to left hand. Switch sides and repeat to complete the set.

Sets:

2-3

Reps:

16 per side

2. Grand Plié Side Crunch

A.

Stand to the right of chair with feet wider than hips, knees and toes turned out about 45 degrees. Lightly hold the back of the chair with right hand. Lower into a deep plié, bending knees over, but not past, toes as left arm reaches overhead. Lean torso slightly in toward chair.

B.

Extend legs and shift weight to right foot. Bend left knee and elbow together, and try to lightly tap elbow to left thigh. Step back into plié position and repeat. Switch sides and repeat to complete the set.

Sets:

2-3

Reps:

24 per side

3. Elevated Plank

A.

Begin in a full plank position with hands on the edge of a chair seat, arms lined up directly below shoulders, feet together. Brace abs tight and point left foot. Extend left leg behind hip, and avoid letting hips sag.

B.

Bend left knee into chest, rounding spine, and scooping abs deep into spine. Bring nose to knee. Extend leg back behind hip and repeat. Repeat on the other side to complete the set.

Sets:

2-3

Reps:

16 per side

4. Lower Abs Attitude

A.

Lie faceup propping upper body on elbows and forearms. Rest palms facing down by hips. Draw abs in tight. With toes pointed, cross right ankle over left and bend knees and hips about 90 degrees, opening knees out to sides.

B.

Without moving upper body, lower legs to floor, lightly tapping bottom foot on the ground before lifting legs back up (think of pulling belly button up and in, and try to engage pelvic floor muscles as legs lift). Repeat with opposite ankle crossed on top to complete the set.

Sets:

2-3

Reps:

16 per side

5. Arabesque Pushup

A.

Sit on right hip with right leg bent about 90 degrees on the floor, knee pointing left. Bend left knee and lift leg behind body. Shift weight forward and place hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulders as left leg extends back. Bend elbows out to sides and lower chest to floor. Lift left leg higher as torso lowers.

B.

Extend arms and bend left knee in just outside of left elbow (tap arm if possible), looking back at left leg, twist torso to the left. Extend leg and immediately repeat pushup. Repeat on opposite side.

Sets:

2-3

Reps:

24 per side