Get ready to plié your way to super lithe, dancer toned elegance in just a few minutes.
The Barre technique is responsible for honing and shaping Natalie Portman's pins into those of a prima ballerina, long and lean, super toned and strong.
Madonna, Katie Holmes and Charlize Theron are all advocates and even..... ...Ryan Gosling, no less
Of course, in order to be an actual prima ballerina you have to train 25 hours a day (I imagine) and requires a lot more than a few pulses to get you in form for split jumping through the air... But we aren't going for that... not today, anyway!
Here, in a few minutes a day you can sculpt yourself a good, shapely pair that can get you about your life and feel good in jeans.
Not only the domain of dancers, actresses and models the Barre technique can bring strength, balance into the legs of even the most rhythmically challenged among us, anywhere. No need to be scared if you are un-coordinated and feel a dancing inspired method won't be your cup of tea... No split jumps involved: It's low impact, but high intensity and results are fast - You get in and you get out!
How effective can tiny, little movements actually be?... Answer... Very!
It uses small, controlled, pulsing movements, static holds and beautiful stretching to shape long and lean muscles instead creating bulky muscle. Its super efficient and effective, hence why Natalie Portman trained this way to get legs that usually require a lifetime of dance to achieve. Challenging but totally achievable, don't worry.
Not only great for shape and tone these exercises create good postural alignment, core strength and are great for mobility around the joints. All the good stuff!
In the video below I show you the first of a series of leg exercises, with a focus on the quads, inner thigh and calf.. plus a bit of bum.. A bit of trembling is normal and means the muscle is working, although listen to your body, make sure you stay in your limits and make sure you are hydrated.
Grab a chair and give it a whirl!