Tone

Natalie Portman Black Swan Legs?  Oh, Yes Please!

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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!

Jennifer Aniston Arms In Minutes

 

Like her or loathe her Jennifer Aniston has good arms.

Strong and toned, lean and lengthened muscles; there is no question that this woman has good arms. In fact, I might go as far as to say...

...She has the Pilates equivalent of the Holy Grail in terms of arm tone.

However, although they may look fabulous glistening in the sunshine on a warm Los Angeles day, there is another reason why she has good arms. A deeper, important reason, that goes beyond the superficiality of the aesthetic. They are powerful, healthy, perfectly developed and balanced and, since she works them out with Yoga and Pilates, her upper back is going to be in great shape too. 

Back and arm strength and balance gives us power to stand tall and feel strong

This is important for us all as we need strong bones and a strong spine to support us and prevent osteoporosis as we skip and dance through the years. Functional muscle, toned and layered on top of dense bone needs to be balanced and strong, working in harmony around the joints. This gives you protection from injury doing everyday things and doing the activities you enjoy. It might seem obvious but strong and well formed muscle gives you....well, gives you strength. I don't mean in a 'Superman pick a car off a pram' strength but practical strength in terms of wellbeing and health.

Standing tall and being strong brings confidence into your life -  you are capable.

In the first of a series I'll show you how to get some strength, shape and tone in to your arms and upper back.. So whether is glistening Californian biceps your after, bone density improvement, strength to get more out of your sport and activities..... or simply less jiggly on the school run then lets get started.