Think Victoria’s Secret model, think totally unattainable and a hardcore workout regime? Or not!Martha Hunt, the Victoria’s Secret model, face of Juicy Couture, Seafolly and Hugo Boss—who also is known for being one of the kick-ass girl squad members in T-Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video—attributes the super feminine and ultra toning workout ‘barre’ as the secret weapon behind her lingerie ready bod. Ahead of her Angel duties, she spends time sculpting her bod at Xtend Barre, working with founder Andrea Rogers using a mix of traditional ballet and barre moves alongside ankle weights, resistance bands for extra burn and tone. With summer around the corner in the US and for those of us wanting to work with the ‘summer body made in winter’ philosophy in the Southern Hemisphere, we asked Rogers to share with Sporteluxe the barre moves she prescribes to Martha to get a bikini bod fast.
5 Barre Moves Martha Hunt Swears By For A Scorching Hot Bod!
“The way I train Martha Hunt and any Victoria’s Secret Angels is the exact same way I train all my Xtend Barre clients! I incorporate exercises like pliés, planks and lunges to lengthen, tone and chisel the muscles. Every session is different from the last and will have you dripping with sweat! I incorporate light hand weights to train the shoulders, biceps, triceps and upper back muscles and in the lead up to a big show, we increase the intensity of training by adding some extra weight—ankle weights, resistance bands, but if you can’t get your hands on these, water bottles will work just fine!” says Andrea Rogers.
1. Relevé Plié
“You can benefit from the burn of a plié no matter where you are!”
Stand behind a chair and face it with your legs together and toes pointing forward.
Place your hands on the chair back, but don’t lean on it.
Squeeze your inner thighs together and lift your heels off the ground, as high as you can.
Keep tension in your thighs the whole time and pay attention to shoulder position.
Bend your knees and lower your body to make a 45-degree angle with the floor.
Without dropping heels, extend your knees to come back up to a standing position.
Repeat 8-16 times for 3 sets.
“A real core burner!”
Suck in your tummy muscles to make sure there is no pain in the spine.
Choose your plank variation – either on hands and straight legs or elbows and knees. Modify to your fitness ability!
The plank line should be long and low.
Use your breath and hold for 1 minute.
“Expect to feel the burn in your glutes and hamstrings!”