Barre Breakdown - Plie in second position

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Hump Day!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I am finally starting to feel a little recovered from last weekend. I love love love traveling every weekend, but it can definitely get tiring sometimes.

Yesterday's workouts were pretty standard.... super fun, but standard. I taught a Pilates class in the morning and a barre class is in the evening. It was a beautiful and sunny 80 degrees when I got off at 11:00am, so I decided to go for a nice power walk around the neighborhood to soak up some sun. I walked for about 45 minutes and was definitely a little more freckly at the end. :)

On to this week's Barre Breakdown. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite inner thigh and glute toners....... plie in second position. This move works all of the major muscles in the legs, especially the hard to target inner thighs. The great thing about this move is you can easily do it in your own home by holding on to the back of a couch or a chair. Just make sure it's sturdy!

Barre Breakdown #2 - Plie in second position

Set Up: Step out into a wide second position making sure your knees are going in the same direction as your toes and your ankles and knees are in a straight line. Pull your abdominals in tucking your tailbone under just slightly. You want to make sure your chest stays lifted.

Move: Pulse here 16 times trying to drop a little lower every time.

Set Up: Keeping your upper body still, lift heels up off of the floor.

Move: Lift and lower heels 16x's trying to stay low in the legs and keeping your spine tall.

Set Up: Keeping heels lifted, come up out of the plie focusing on squeezing your inner thighs and glutes. Lower back down into your plie keeping your heels lifted the entire time. Again, make sure your knees stay behind your toes and your spine stays tall.

Move: Plie up and down with heels lifted 16x's.

Inner thigh and booty burner:
Pulse in plie with flat feet 16x's
Lift and lower heels 16x's
Full range of motion plie with heels lifted 16x's
Repeat circuit 2-3x's for a great leg workout you can do in your own home.

There you have it, a quick barre workout you can do anytime! Let me know if you give it a try. Have a wonderful rest of your day and don't foregt to make time to get sweaty!

In health,

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