Ilan RubinBy Sharon Liao
Maybe you'll never be a ballerina, but you can tone your body as dancers do, following this ballet barre-inspired workout.
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Want a more toned, dancerlike physique? Try sidling up to the barre. And you don't have to train en pointe to see results: Ballet-inspired workouts, such as the popular Bar Method classes, combine small, isolated movements with lots of reps to burn calories and sculpt muscles. All you need is a sturdy, straight-backed chair (to sub for the barre), a stopwatch, and this lower-body routine designed by Melissa Ramsey and Gina Parisi Williams, co-owners of the Bar Method in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Do it once through (preferably to up-tempo dance music), three to five times a week.
Warm-Up: Leg Lifts
(A) Stand with your feet together, chest lifted, and abdominals drawn in. Raise your arms in front of you to shoulder height and bend your elbows to 90 degrees.
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