You've heard all about the new barre workouts popping up all over the place. You know the type... the "ballet workout" that is sworn to give you the body of a dancer. Several years ago before The Barre Method and Pure Barre became household names, little ol' Amanda here created a class called Ballet Burn.
I was in dance class since I was 3 years old. I danced through college and into my twenties. When fitness became a larger part of my life, I made the switch from barre to barbell. After a couple years as a "fitness instructor by trade, prima ballerina at heart", I decided to combine the two. Ballet workouts were just starting out, and seemed to be a big hit, so I went for it! I took my 20+ years of dance background and combined it with my new found knowledge of fitness. The result was a 30 minute workout using only your body weight and a chair.
Here is a clip of one sequence from a typical Ballet Burn class. You can see this particular sequence clearly uses basic ballet techniques, however what you may not realize is that these "dance moves" are building all the large and small muscles of the legs that allow dancers to have those lean, toned calves, quads and hamstrings. I mean, think about it... how many dancers have you seen with kankles? Just saying.
Give this a shot... grab a pair of yoga pants and a chair. Hey there gentlemen, yes- you too! Get those tights on fellas, we are all in this together- right ladies?
Lay your fingertips gently on the back of the chair. Focus on your posture... stand up straight, shoulders back, chin up, belly button sucked in, butt tight, chest out (sound familiar, my fellow ballerinas?) and here we go!