If you’re looking for an awesome group fitness class that tones, sculpts and lengthens the body, Le Barre is for you. Here are three of my favourite Le Barre moves that go above and beyond to achieve a long and lean dancer’s physique.
If you’re new to Barre, here’s what you can expect at your first class.
What are benefits of incorporating Le Barre into your workout routine? Check out our post on the benefits that you’ll be able to experience both inside and outside of the group fitness studio here.
The Plié/Grand Plié
Mimicking a squat, but in a ‘turned out’ position of the legs. Stand with your heels touching each other, toes facing the corners of the room. Bend the legs to make a diamond shape, then slowly straighten back up. As you straighten up, focus on squeezing the glutes and lifting the quadriceps to contract the leg muscles.
3 sets of 10 repetitions, parallel or turned out.
Stand with you feet together, either parallel or turned out. Raise onto the balls of your feet as high as it is comfortable for you. Focus on lengthening the legs, squeezing the glutes and keeping the core active.
3 sets of 10 repetitions with your legs parallel
3 sets of 10 repetitions with your legs turned out
Port De Bras
The Port De Bras is the perfect exercise for toning your arms. Simply move your arms between all arm positions (1st to 5th) or practice holding a position for 15-30 seconds each, increasing the duration over time and focusing on lengthening the arms from the shoulder to the fingertips.
Hold each position (1 through 5) for 15-30 seconds. Repeat cycle 3-4 times through.
Bonus move: The Plank
Yep, it’s true. Planking is everywhere. It strengthens your core, making arm and leg movements much easier to perform.
Hold the plank position for 30 seconds – 1 minute at a time. Repeat for 3 sets.
For a challenge, hold a plank with 1 leg slightly off the ground, switching legs at the halfway mark.
Le Barre is now offered weekly at the following clubs:
- Steve Nash Fitness World Victoria
- Steve Nash Fitness World Kingsway
- Steve Nash Fitness World Lougheed
- Steve Nash Sports Club Yaletown
- Steve Nash Sports Club Morgan Crossing
- Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown
Daniela Tempesta is a Steve Nash Fitness Clubs Group Fitness Manager, BCPTI Group Fitness Educator, BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders, award-winning dancer and Personal Trainer. She has been in the fitness industry for 16 years and has been in the dance industry for 20 years. She is proud to offer Steve Nash members a class experience that fuses her two passions: fitness and dance. Get inspired at one of her amazing classes today.