Toning-exercises

The Barre Method: The Workout Keeping Celebs In Shape

If you’re looking for a new workout class to try, we’ve got the perfect one for you! While it’s not quite the ballet slippers and tutus that you had when you were little, the Barre Method is a serious workout that will have you trim and toned in no time.

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Celebrities have been a driving force in the popularity of Barre classes, with Natalie Portman, Margot Robbie and Taylor Swift endorsing the workout method as the one that keeps them looking amazing. The elongating and isometric moves create leaner and lengthier muscles that look fabulously toned – do you ever wonder how Madonna keeps her incredible bod? Not to mention ballet dancer Misty Copeland’s amazing figure!

The Barre Method is a fantastic workout for your whole body. By incorporating small weights, the arms and upper body are toned, while the abs, butt and legs get a killer workout from isometric moves. You’re sure to feel the burn!

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The Barre Method is often a mix of ballet and barre work, and yoga or pilates, adding in high reps of small movements to really work those muscles and target areas of the body that can be hard to shape.

Of course, weight loss is going to be the number one reason to start up Barre classes – especially if you’re doing a cardio Barre class – but it also has a great impact on your posture by strengthening the muscles of the back that hold you upright. You will also see an increase in muscle definition, meaning stronger and more toned muscles that make you look leaner, plus the added benefit of increased flexibility and reduced stress.

Doing a Barre workout combines strength and cardio into one, while your core is constantly engaged to really fire up the abdominals. It also helps with grace and balance, which can help your poise in everyday life, not just your workouts.

There are many variations of the ballet inspired workout that are all about sculpting your long, lean body, so check out a Barre class in your area today – no tutus required.

Images via mybodyequation.com, lifestyle.com.au

June 18, 2015

How to Get Toned, Sexy Legs

There’s nothing sexier than showing off a little leg in the summer. But if you’ve been hiding your pins behind maxi dresses and jeans, here’s how to tone, firm and turn your legs into your favourite feature.

Tip 1: Make lateral movements your mate
If your trainer isn’t tormenting you with lateral movements find a new one. Immediately. Moves with funky names like reverse crossover lunges, toe squats and single leg deadlifts shape and tone your inner thighs and bum, making your limbs look long, lean and toned.

Tip 2: Go upside down
The power of yoga goes far beyond bendy limbs and a calm mind, it’s also ace at influencing every system in your body – especially when you go upside down. Inversions are said to work on your cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems simultaneously, increasing circulation from your head to your feet, removing toxins and waste products, strengthening your immune systems and increasing vitality. How does this affect your legs? It gives them a break, allows blood to flow more freely and removes toxic buildup.

Tip 3: Boost circulation
Your legs are considered your second heart, cleverly pumping blood through your veins back up the body and defying gravity. How exhausting. Give them a helping hand with Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which helps boost your circulation, reduce swelling (no cankles here) and alleviate foot aches. Looking for a product? Try Revitive LV, $229.

Tip 4: Turn work into a work out
Whack in the headphones at work and listen to some up tempo music – it’s guaranteed to have you tapping your toes under your desk in no time. You’d be surprised how gentle foot and calf exercises underneath your desk like foot pumps and calf stretches can do for lean looking legs.

Tip 5: Get ‘appy’
Wear a pedometer – or download one of the many pedometer apps – and set yourself a daily step target. Try and increase your steps weekly for maximum results.  Incorporate some light cardio style exercise into your daily routine such as going for a walk at lunchtime or taking the stairs instead of the lift, try parking the car further away or if you catch public transport get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.

What are your favourite exercises for toned legs? Tell us in the comments.

December 17, 2013