Trying a new workout studio can be intimidating, particularly if it’s barre, yoga, or Pilates and you’re new to the practice and the movements. So, for every barre rookie looking to book in their first class, we asked Andrea Rogers, founder of Xtend Barre, to share with us a beginner barre workout to learn before your session. Keep scrolling!
Begin standing feet together in a parallel stance, rock back on your heels and turn out legs/feet with toes out to the side. Do not force your turn out! Bend knees (plie) tracking knees over the center of your feet. Arms in front of your body. Extend both legs as you lift heels off the floor. Focus on inner thigh engagement with abs lifting in and up. Hold for one count to balance. Lower heels as you bend knees returning to starting position. Perform eight reps slowly then increase tempo for 16 reps.
Sit on bottom and rest weight onto forearms (bend elbows behind body, fingers face forward). Extend both legs on floor in front of body and bring right toes to touch left knee (passé), knee turned out. Keep right foot glued to left knee. Using your abdominals, lift legs off the mat and towards chest. Lower entire shape back down, about two inches from floor (higher for beginners or injuries). Repeat eight reps and switch legs (eight reps on each side, up to twp sets).
Open feet hips width apart legs naturally turned out (second position). Bend knees (plie) tracking knees over center of feet. Push energy through left heel as you straighten both legs and point right foot to side (tendu). Focus on engaging inner thighs as you straighten legs. Return to second position plie and repeat on the other side. Perform eight reps slowly then increase tempo for 16 reps.
Place one foot in front of the other, slightly wider than a foot’s distance apart. Bend knees (plie), back heel will naturally lift. Lift front leg to a bent knee touching toes to supporting leg knee (passé). Arm lifts above your head. Lower leg back into fourth position plie and return arm to starting position. Keep hips and shoulders square and abs engaged. Perform eight reps slowly then increase tempo for 16 reps. Repeat on your other leg.
Open feet hips width apart legs naturally turned out (second position). Bend knees (plie) tracking knees over center of feet. Sweep right leg/arm across the body with a bent knee (attitude) as you straighten leg left. Return to second position plie. Perform 8 reps slow then increase tempo for 16 reps. Repeat on other side.