Try These Ballerina Inspired Workout Moves
Ballerinas may have a slim physique, but don’t let that fool you. There are reasons why it takes 8-10 years of training to become a ballerina; strength, agility and flexibility are just a few requirements.
Here are some ballet-inspired workout moves to earn you a slender figure and revamp your exercise routine.
Ballet-Inspired Workout Moves
Starting in first position (calves touching, toes pointing outward), hold your core in and slowly bend down into a squat position.
At your lowest point, be aware that your knees and toes are pointing in the same direction. Pulse here quickly for as long as possible. Keep the arms in first position the entire time to prevent you from slouching.
Poise in second position (same as first position with legs just shoulder width apart), but with the feet pointing forwards, lift one leg in front of you 40 times.
To make this more intense, lift the leg further from the floor – without ever dipping the back. Add weights to work the arms at the same time.
Beginning in fifth position (legs crossed, toes pointing out), jump up as high as you can and land back in the original position.
To intensify this exercise, land in a squat and power through the legs, not the arms.
Lie flat on the flat, with your arms in first position. Point the toes and engage your core to bring you up to seating.
By having the hands out in front of you and your toes pointed, you make it harder to use other muscles to cheat and pull you up. Make it harder still by only coming up to 45 degrees.
Butt and Shoulders
Target the butt and shoulders by lying face down on the mat with one arm out in front of you and the opposite leg behind you.
Switch sides and speed up the move to challenge yourself. Keep your eyes facing down at all times to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on your neck.
Start in neutral with wide legs. Point one foot and slowly drag the leg in to the middle, whilst keeping the foot firmly on the ground.
Repeat on the other leg. This move targets the inner thighs and if you lower into a squat, you’ll really feel the legs getting tired in just seconds.
Channel your inner-goddess with these ballerina moves. Repeat each exercise twice to feel the burn.