[tps_header]I’m Fabletics Master, Keely Ahrold, and an instructor at Richard Giorla’s Cardio Barre in Los Angeles. I’ve not only taught Barre for some time now, but I have also been dancing for more years than I can remember. To say the least, the barre is a familiar place for me. I am here to share some of my favorite and most beneficial barre exercises to get you moving. [/tps_header]
Lets Start from the ground up: Calves/Quads/HamstringThe French term, relevé, means “lifted” or “to elevate”. Some may know this exercise as a calf-raise, but it’s not just the lower leg we are after–we want to ignite the whole leg!
Keeping the legs straight in first position (externally rotate the legs keeping the heels together toes apart), slightly tuck your tail, elongate the neck, and engage the core. Press up onto the balls of the feet, lifting the heels off the ground. As you do this, constantly pull up on the kneecaps, engaging the quadriceps. At the very top of the lift you should feel your quads, calves and even your glutes working. Try 3 sets of 15.
Once you have mastered the first position heel raise, try the next set with parallel feet. Stand hip-width apart, keeping the weight over the second and third toes. For the final set, position your feet turned in or pigeon-footed, toes in and heels apart. Keep the same posture mentioned above for the entire duration.