With summer FINALLY here, (although the UK weather would make you think differently) many of us are scroll longingly through the Fitspiration pages that we follow on Instagram, and say a little wish every night before bed that we’ll wake up looking like a Jen Selter-Rihanna hybrid. Alas, it seems we are all too busy with reality that we don’t have all day to spend in the gym like these lean-lionesses. However all is not lost; we have found the perfect solution if you do feel the need to work on your already perfect body, but more importantly, to improve your health, so that you’ll see many more summers to come. Nothing sets off stunning swimwear more than some serious body confidence, so Barreworks founder Vicki Anstey has created a series of DIY workouts to help you feel fantastic on holiday.
Barreworks is a studio totally dedicated to ballet and barre workouts. Using the ballet barre as a basis for a complete body workout, the exercises involve dynamic and static movements, isometric holds, core strengthening and luxurious orthopaedic stretching. Designed to benefit your whole body with low impact, high intensity movements that help to lift bottoms, tone thighs and define arms. If you can’t make it to the beautiful studio in Richmond, you can enjoy online classes.
And you thought that your chance for balletpassed when you missed that class at aged 7?! Enjoy these little exercise snippets on us, and be sure to put all valuables in a safe place, in case you decide to soar across the room performing Swan Lake.
THE AIM: PERT POSTERIOR
This workout will have your glutes feeling strong and your confidence soaring:
- Assume a kneeling position on your hands and knees
- With power, but control, sweep each leg back until you feel your glutes contract
- Hold briefly before lowering your knee back down and repeating
- Start by doing four sets of 30 repetitions
- If you need more of a challenge, alternate between pointed toes and flexed feet for a deeper gluteal contraction
THE AIM: BOOSTED BUST
This simple series of movements will tone and tighten your pectoral muscles for a firmer finish:
- Begin on your hands and knees, walking your hands forward and dropping your hips until your back is flat and straight and your shoulders, hips and knees are in a straight line. Make sure that your hands line up to your bust rather than your shoulders to pinpoint your pectorals
- Hold your tummy muscles tight and keep your back straight and hips down while you lower yourself until your chest nearly touches the floor, then return to your starting position by pushing up
- Aim for four sets of 10 repetitions.
THE AIM: AWESOME ARMS
Tackling one of the most common worries, this workout will help you achieve strong, toned arms:
- Set your feet a few inches apart, one in front of the other
- Step the ball of the rear foot onto a resistance theraband to hold it firmly to the floor.
- Use your arms to hold the other end of the theraband above your head.
- Perform a deep plié by bending your legs but keeping your back upright and straight, while extending your arms upwards above your head
- Aim to complete three sets of 15 repetitions each time you workout
THE AIM: TONED TUMMY
If you opt for a two piece or cut-out when it comes to swimwear, your confidence will be soaring with this toning workout:
- Sit on your bottom with your feet on the floor
- Lower your back from upright to 45 degrees from the floor
- Bring your arms into ballet first position
- Holding your arms in this position, twist side to side from the waist
- Repeat three times in repetitions of 20, returning to upright back between each set of repetitions
- When you feel more confident, try lifting your feet off the floor during this workout, squeezing your inner thighs together to enhance the workout for your oblique stomach muscles
THE AIM: IMPECCABLE PINS
Work your inner thighs and quads with this workout and your legs will feel fantastic whether you’re in heels, flats or barefoot:
- Lean against a wall and press your back firmly against it, engaging your abdominals.
- Lower yourself so that your thighs are at a right angle to the wall, keeping your back in full contact with it
- Squeeze your knees together and hold for one minute
- Repeat this three times, coming up to standing position between sets
Does this sound like your next obsession? Visit http://www.barreworks.co.uk/ or pop into the studio,
21 Paradise Road