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4 Tiny (Yet Crazy Effective) Barre Moves for Strong, Sexy Abs

First, we brought you Pop Physique's killer butt workout. Now, we've got four super effective moves to help you sculpt sleek and strong abs. The secret? Isometric moves that go deep into the muscle to activate the core in new ways.

The hyperfocused routine comes straight from Pop Physique founder Jennifer Williams, a former professional ballet dancer and longtime Pilates instructor, whose classes combine ballet barre, yoga, Pilates, and strengthening to deliver visible, body-transforming results—fast. In fact, it only takes a few minutes daily for just three days to build a stronger core with these moves, Williams says.

The tiny, isolated movements may appear easy at first, but trust us, they're anything but. As long as you maintain proper form (remember to use your abs and back muscles to keep your posture lifted, and always keep your tummy pulled in) you'll feel the burn right away—and for days after! (That's just one of the many realizations you'll have in your first barre class.)

In addition to targeting your abs and obliques, these moves will also work your butt, inner thighs, calves, hamstrings, shoulders, and chest. Translation: you're getting major bang for your buck! (Want more help sculpting an enviable dancer's body? Check out another Pilates-meets-barre workout from Barre3 to strengthen, lengthen, and tone your body.)

Grab a small squishy ball (or rolled-up towel if you don't have one) and follow along with Pop Physique instructor Jaclyn Winters as she walks you through the killer routine—then check out the full workout to get the step-by-step breakdown of all the moves.


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