Try This 6-Move Holiday Barre Workout

Alicia Archer, a dancer as well as an Equinox personal trainer in New York City, created this workout especially for this time of year. \”You\’re taken in a wide variety of directions during the holidays,\” she says. \”Barre won\’t add more stress to your life.\” The ballet-inspired moves concentrate on small motions and reps, to assist sculpt and strengthen.

Tory Rust

Single-Leg Push-Up

Start on all fours with right leg lifted and extended out behind you; point toes (A). Bend elbows, lowering chest down while raising right leg even higher (B). Push back up \”A,\” after which repeat.

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Side Plank with Dip & Leg Lift

Lie on left side with legs stacked. Bend left leg back, prop yourself on left forearm, and lift right arm straight up (A). Pull abs in and lift hips (B). Raise left knee up toward chest (C). Hold for just two seconds. Back right down to \”A,\” and repeat.

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Plie? with Front Arm Lift & Pull

Stand with feet about 3 feet apart and turned out; hold palms in front of thighs having a 3-lb. dumbbell in every hand (A). Bend knees, push hips back, minimizing down as you raise arms up to shoulder height (B). Bend arms, pulling weights back as you rise onto tiptoes (C). Return to \”A,\” and repeat.

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Plie? rich in Arm Biceps Curl

Stand with heels together and feet turned out; bend knees slightly. Having a 3-lb. weight in each hand, raise arms out to sides, palms faceup (A). Rise onto tiptoes, pulling elbows into sides (B). Go back to \”A\”; bend elbows and curl weights toward shoulders (C). Go back to \”A\” again; repeat sequence.

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Triceps Lift & Extension

Stand with feet hip-width apart. Holding a 3-lb. weight in each hand with palms facing forward, hinge at hips minimizing torso slightly; allow arms to naturally fall forward (A). Lift arms back or more (B); bend elbows, curling weights toward shoulders (C). Extend arms back out to \”B,\” after which lower to \”A\”; repeat.

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Tory Rust

Curtsy Lunge with Front Leg Extension

Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms at sides having a 3-lb. weight in each hand. Have a giant take a step back with left foot, crossing it behind right. Bend knees, lower hips and torso, and extend right arm diagonally back or more. Bring left elbow to right knee, and curl weight toward shoulder (A). Transferring weight to right foot, come to balance on right foot as you kick left leg up and extend arms out, palms facedown (B). Maintain position; bend left knee and produce left foot to right thigh (C). Lower left leg, take a step back to \”A,\” and repeat.

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