What better way to start our Stylehunter Collective Fitness section than some exercises from Xtend Barre to give you long lean legs ready for Spring.
Xtend Barre is Pilates and dance amplified. It brings in elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body.
Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core helping you reach your fitness goals and keep your body on point.
Get a taster with these lean leg moves:
Feet together in parallel stance. Fold at waist placing folded arms on barre with head resting on hands, heels are directly under hips, toes under navel, soften knees. To advance, extend the arms long on barre slightly wider then shoulders.
Straight leg back: Extend leg parallel to floor straight behind body, full ROM. 8 reps. Pulse up with pointed toe, then flex foot and continue pulsing. 8-16 reps.
Cross back: Cross straight leg down & behind the supporting leg and lift back up to parallel. To advance bring leg to the side as you lift it up parallel to the floor. 8-16 reps.
Facing chair, hinge forward at hips and place 1 forearm across top. Place other hand on hip and with that leg open hip and lift leg to potential behind body.
Lower/lift: Lower leg towards floor and lift back up. 8-16 reps.
Bend/extend: Bend knee in towards other knee parallel and then open hip and kick up to potential. 8-16 reps.
Stand sideways with feet in 1st. Outside hand in high 5th and outside knee bent. Releve supporting foot and plié down into plie.
Lifts: Press the thigh back maintaining the bent knee (attitude). 16 reps each side.
Circle: Circle the leg in attitude position- making sure thigh stays behind hip. 8 reps each direction.
Book in to a class at www.xtendbarre.com