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Barre Legs Workout

 Hi friends! Happy Thursday! New post up here on the PBB site for my postpartum mamas. 

How’s the day going so far? We’re just hanging out, enjoying the awesome weather, and I’m excited to take a barre class later today. 

This morning, I have a new workout for you!! This leg workout is barre-based, which is one of my favorite ways to train. This workout focuses on muscular endurance, so it’s higher reps, low weight, and is a great way to build strength and increase muscle without lifting super heavy weights. It’s also a fun way to challenge your legs in an entirely different way. If you’re used to more traditional strength training, barre burns in the best way possible. 😉

If you love doing barre workouts at home, this barre legs workout is a great one to get your legs shaking and build lean legs. The best part? Zero equipment! Check out the full post for form cues plus a video how-to. Save now for an awesome workout later. fitnessista.com

The workout: 

If you love doing barre workouts at home, this barre legs workout is a great one to get your legs shaking and build lean legs. The best part? Zero equipment! Check out the full post for form cues plus a video how-to. Save now for an awesome workout later. fitnessista.com

Form cues and tips:

Curtsy lunge:  Cross one leg back and behind the other, and come down into a curtsy lunge. The front foot stays flat on the ground and the back foot has the heel raised off the floor. For the next set, you’ll keep this position and raise the heel of the front foot. You can choose to remain here for the next set, or layer on with the passe option. 

Plie squat and passe: For this squat variation, you’ll take a SUPER wide stance and turn your toes out. As you sink down, keep your chest lifted and endeavor to get your thighs parallel to the floor. Make sure your knees extend towards your toes but not past your toes. As you rise from the squat, perform a passe at the top, bending the top leg.

MY OTHER RECIPES


Skaters with ballerina arms: Start with one leg forward, and toes angled out 45 degrees. Step your other foot totally back behind the front, so that your foot is behind the opposite shoulder. Sink low into a curtsy lunge, rise, and then step to repeat on the opposite side. Option: add “ballerina” arms in second (out to the side as you step out) and high 5th (overhead as you curtsy lunge). 

Plie squat jumps: Get into a squat plie squat position (feet wide and booty LOW), and touch the floor. Keep your abs engaged and chest lifted. Powering through your heels, spring up, reaching your arms towards the ceiling. Land with a soft knee. Repeat.

Calf raise with balance option: Bring your feet into 1st position, glueing the heels together and toes pointing out at an angle. Lift your heels off the ground. Lower the to the ground,but don’t let them touch the floor between lifts. For the grand finale, hold the highest point, grounding into your big toes, squeezing your glutes, and extending your arms overhead (keep your shoulders relaxed). 

Quick video tutorial:

 

Please let me know if you give it a try!!

What’s your favorite leg exercise?? Any barre accessories you’re loving lately. I want to get a couple more pairs of sticky socks since I can only find one of each set… :/

Happy Thursday, friends. 

xoxo

Gina

More of my favorite barre workouts here, here, here, here and here. 

Video: Grant Hunker

Location: BreakOut Studios

Wearing: Lorna Jane tights, gapfit tank, Toe Soxx 

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9 Comments

  1. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on March 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

    This looks like a good one! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks, Gina!

  2. Nour @ Kale and Coconuts on March 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Ooohh, I will definitely try this one!

  3. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on March 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I love Barre workouts, this looks great! My favorite leg exercise is jump squats but for some reason I hate jump lunges – they make me feel so uncoordinated lol.

  4. Jamie @ madrediem on March 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I just blogged about wanting to add barre back into my routine – it’s like you’re reading my mind! I will definitely give this a shot, thank you!

  5. Maribeth on March 9, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Just got off my tush and did this at the kitchen counter – I can’t get over how much I’m sweating!

  6. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on March 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I’ve never ever tried Barre, but some of my friends love it! Passing this on to them!

  7. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on March 10, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I always really enjoy barre workouts but I don’t do them very often. I’ll give this one a try over the weekend.

  8. Brynn on March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

    You have the best workouts – no joke. I love your workouts and shape ups! Thanks for another great one and video!

  9. Agness of Fit Travelling on April 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    This is one of the most amazing workouts for legs I’ve seen! I have to give it a try!

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