We are super excited to announce the launch of Petite Physique’s very own personalized fitness workout, Barrilates. Barrilates is the fusion of a ballet barre workout and classical Pilates. With this workout you will not only sculpt your body, but you will also elongate it while toning those hard to reach muscles. The end result is a tight and toned Petite Physique. Tiffany and Kara are both Barre Instructors at renowned fitness studios. Kara is also a certified Pilates Instructor and Tiffany is has been an avid student of Pilates and yoga for several years. When it comes to combining these two practices, we know our stuff!
So what exercises can you expect to perform? Below are some sample moves:
Place your knees and hands on the floor, raising the ankles towards your but, making sure your back and arms are straight and fingers are slightly angled inward. Keep your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart and tighten your abdominal muscles.
Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor.
Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don't lock your elbows, and don't bend your back.
Repeat 10 reps.
Begin the Pilates full teaser by laying flat on your back on a soft surface. Extend your spine up long and straight and allow your arms to lengthen behind head.
Engage your abdominal muscles as you inhale. Exhale and lift your torso and legs to center position. As your exhale and swing your arms towards the center, lift your body into a "V" position. Your legs should end up straight and lifted at about 45 degrees and the palms of your hands should end up just above your knees.
Inhale as your relax your legs back to the floor and your arms back above your head. Try to use you abdominal muscles to lift your legs and torso, instead of using the momentum of your movements.
Repeat the Pilates full teaser 10 times before relaxing your arms and legs to the floor.
Parallel Barre Position
Grab a sturdy chair no higher than elbow height or a ballet barre. Begin standing tall with ankles, calves, and thighs hugging together about a forearms length from chair or barre.
Rise up to releve, on the balls of the feet, heels come high about 4 inches off the floor. Slightly tuck the tailbone under while keeping the chest open and back straight. Then take a bend in the knees keeping the hips are over the heels. Lower 2 inches and lift 2 inches, performing tiny pulses with the body.
Perform 10-30 reps of this movement.
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Xoxo Your Health Gurus,
Kara & Tiffany
Special thanks to Tiffany and Kara for all of their Health & Fitness guest blog posts! Check them all out here, or visit Petite Physique: