Barre exercises are quickly becoming one of the best ways to get in shape, especially if we want a long, lean figure. Not only do Barre exercises help sculpt, lengthen, and tone up our muscles, they help us create a svelte, powerful and feminine physique. Barre exercises combine a mix of ballet-inspired moves, small range-of-motion movements, and isometric strength-training exercises for a full-body fitness regime that burns fat and develops muscles. While most Barre classes are taught inside studios, many Barre exercises can be done virtually anywhere. To inspire your fitness journey, we encourage you to follow the “Barre on the Beach Series”.
In collaboration with our friend, Natalie McDaniel (a Barre instructor in Carmel, California), Inspirations & Celebrations recently started a new 5-part fitness tutorial series. In Part 1, she teaches us how to sculpt and tone the arms, Part 2 shows us 5 booty-sculpting moves, Part 3 focuses on firming our legs and thighs, and Part 4 helps us learn how to get a strong core. Follow along as Natalie shares fun Barre exercises you can do at home or on the beach!
Barre on the Beach – Part 5
When you’re short on time but want to squeeze in a full-body workout, here are 5 Barre exercises that will work your body from head-to-toe. The best thing about Part 5 of the Barre on the Beach Series is that it only takes 10 minutes!
Begin by sitting on the ground with your hands placed directly underneath your shoulders, fingertips facing forwards, and elbows bent (resembling a crab on the beach). Bring your ankles in line with your knees, and start by lifting your hips up off the ground. With your core tight and hips lifted, start to bend the elbows down and up, allowing the arms to bend back as much as possible without letting the seat touch the ground. Finish by letting the arms fully straighten. Complete 20 sets.
Lay flat on the ground with your hands at your side, and heels stacked below the knees. Lift your toes up off the ground, keeping all weight on your heels. With a tight core (ab muscles engaged), raise the hips up to their highest point. Start to lift the glutes up and down, squeezing the seat underneath you as you lift. Repeat this 25 times without allowing the glutes touch the ground.
Flipping over, place your hands below your shoulders, and keep one leg on the ground directly below the hip. Lift the other leg up keeping a pointed toe, and neutral spine. Not letting the neck hang, allow the lifted leg to fully straighten as much as possible. Start to pulse the leg up an inch, and down an inch squeezing into the glute as you lift the leg. Do this 25 times on both the right and left leg.
Come into a forearm plank position with feet stacked hip width, and elbows in line with the shoulders. Hands should be placed flat on the ground. Keeping the same neutral neck and spine, start to twist the hips side to side in a “C” formation while keeping the core tight. Complete 20 side-to-side twists.
Start in a sideline forearm plank position with the palm on the ground and elbow below the shoulder. Take the other hand behind the head. With on leg on the ground, bring the other knee up towards the elbow. Start to crunch elbow as close as you can towards the knee in a pulsing motion 20 times. When complete, flip over and repeat 20 sets on the other side.
How to follow the ‘Barre on the Beach’ Series
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Fitness Contributor: Natalie McDaniel