Mondays are for teaching Barre Fit. It's one of my favorite classes to teach. Then again, I say that about all my group fitness classes. But seriously, my Barre students rock. Class is always fun, they work hard, and it's generally just a fun time in the studio. Today was particularly good, as the workout itself was hard. I could tell by the grunts and sarcastic "oh, happy Monday" comments. I felt the burn, too, which is always a good sign that things are going as I had hoped they would.
In case you need an at-home barre workout:
Here's the actual workout:
Let's dissect some of the moves.
The workout above is divided into three circuits, each of which should be repeated three times through before continuing to the next. In the first circuit, the squat sequence should be pretty easy to follow. Tip: You can always place a toe on the ground to help with balance, if need be. Up next:
BOSU Crunch and Punch
Position yourself in the middle of your BOSU trainer, slightly off center. Use the forearm of the non-working arm to help with balance.
Reverse Fly with Alternating Side Leg Abductions
There's really nothing too complicated about this move, just add the side leg abductions to work your hip flexors and glutes.
Again, nothing too revolutionary. As you squat down, lift your weights up to shoulder height. Your ankles should be underneath your knees and tuck your hips in to help activate your core.
Lock your elbows to your sides and hold the weights right here for (:15).
The key to this exercise is keeping your back straight. Your arms can help you with this. Engage your core and lift your straight leg up and down.
Get into a traditional crunch position, then lift your head up off the mat and engage your abdominals. Reach down toward your right ankle, then reach for your left to complete one repetition, like so:
Let me know if you give this workout a try!
You might also be interested in these workouts:
• Barre and BOSU Workout
• 60-Minute Barre Workout
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