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Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs
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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.
You will need: Chair
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Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs A
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
16 per side
  1. AStand 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.
  2. BEngage 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.
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Grand Plié Side Crunch
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs A
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
24 per side
  1. AStand 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.
  2. BExtend 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.
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Elevated Plank
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs A
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
16 per side
  1. ABegin 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.
  2. BBend 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.
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Lower Abs Attitude
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs A
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
16 per side
  1. ALie 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.
  2. BWithout 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.
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Arabesque Pushup
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs A
Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
24 per side
  1. ASit 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.
  2. BExtend 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.
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