Standing Pilates exercise has long been a method to improve balance, posture, and strengthen muscles while weightbearing. In the past few years the Barre method has developed and popularized to include more ballet movements and add a little variety and fun to the workouts. Today’s workout utilizes a small stability ball, weighing 3 pounds. You can find stability balls at most sports equipment stores, or my favorite shopping secret, TJ Maxx. You may also use a can of soup for resistance or a hand weight. Enjoy!
Using a chair for balance support, begin with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, and turned out slightly. Bend your knees approximately 45 degrees with the stability ball held comfortably. Draw your arm out to the side palm down, and bend slightly deeper into the plie’. Repeat 10 times, then switch to the other side and repeat.
Bicep curl with Plie’ in Parallel
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, and arm held out straight at shoulder height, palm up. Keep your back straight, and bend your knees while simultaneously bending at the elbow. Return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times on each arm.
Plie’ with Half moon lift
Begin again with feet slightly wider than shoulders, turned out. Bend knees to approximately 45 degrees starting with arm held straight out at shoulder height, palm up. Bend slightly deeper into the plie’ and lift arm overhead keeping your shoulder low and elbow softly bent. Repeat 10 times on each side.
Not necessarily a ballet skill, though it is a nice way to cap off your arms after all the plie’s. use your seat, place legs held straight in front of you, and dip down keeping your elbows in. Repeat 10 times.
Pilates Push Up
Begin in plank position, with spine and hips in alignment and belly button pulled in to stabilize your core. Keep elbows in close to your rib cage, and lower down with control, pressing back up with spine held straight. Repeat 10 times.
Look forward to more Barre exercises to come!
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