There’s a reason ballet inspired workouts are so popular with celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Katie Holmes. Barre based classes are low impact but high intensity, helping to create and maintain lean, toned physiques.
Barreworks, based in Richmond, offers a range of ballet inspired workouts so no two classes are ever the same. Teachers include Royal Ballet School trained dancers and barre instructors trained in-house to the highest level, so you know you’re learning from the very best. Online classes are also available so you can enjoy Barreworks wherever you are based.
Barreworks founder Vicki Anstey says: “There’s no secret to achieving a lean, sculpted dancer’s body. It takes regular investment in the right kinds of exercises and a combined use of key muscle groups. Targeting both large and small muscle groups not only burns calories, it also promotes good posture and subtle but noticeable tone. Because no dance or exercise experience is required, our classes are suitable for any body type or fitness level. There’s no jumping around, no pounding heart and no sweating so you don’t even need to shower afterwards, even though you will have worked out your entire body!”
Get excited Hip & Healthies, Vicki has created a H.I.P workout exclusively for us! So dust off that leotard and get ready for a whole body workout that we hope you’ll love as much as we do…
H IS FOR: HIP LIFT
Targets: Abdominals, legs
– Lie on your back, with knees bent, engaging and flattening your abdominals.
– Lift both legs straight over your hips, trying to work with straight legs for as long as possible.
– Support your head with both hands and keep your chin lifted from your chest.
– Using your deep, low abdominals move your hips a paper-width off the floor then lower back down.
– Move your legs into second position and as you do so, bring your head and shoulders off the floor using your abdominals.
– Repeat, aiming for three sets of ten repetitions.
I IS FOR: INNER THIGHS
Targets: Quads, adductors
– Lean against a wall and press your back firmly against it, engaging abdominals.
– Squeeze knees together tightly then alternate one minute sessions of squeeze and release, pressing your inner thighs, ankles and knees together tightly.
– Repeat three times, standing up between sets.
P IS FOR: PLANK EXHALE
Targets: Core, legs
– Get into perfect plank position, with your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles aligned.
– For ten seconds, exhale slowly and steadily to expel all the air from your lungs, while drawing the abdominal wall in and up to your inner spine.
– Aim for three sets of ten seconds, aiming not to pause in between sets and not to hold your breath at any point.