BARRE MOVE BREAKDOWN: V THIGH

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It’s simple. It’s classic. And it’s incredibly effective: it’s the Turned Out V Thigh! This go-to barre exercise strengthens and elongates the quadriceps group, developing long, lean thighs and calves. It helps to stabilize the knee joint, increases muscle density (read: not bulk) for optimal caloric usage, and will shed inches.

If you’re going to be skiing, snowboarding, or skating this winter, this should be your go-to move to strengthen and stabilize the muscles around your knees. It’ll prevent injury and help you perform best. This exercise also yields big long-term benefits, including a decrease in total body fat percentage and an increase in muscle density. Yup, all from this one power barre move!

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. Face the barre at arm’s length away, your hands placed lightly on the barre at shoulder width apart.
  2. Place your heels together and your toes apart in a narrow 45-degree V position. Align your shoulders over your hips and your ears over your shoulders. Your hips, knees, and feet should be stacked on top of each other with any turnout initiating from your hips.
  3. Bend your knees about 5 to 6 inches. Raise your heels 2 to 3 inches off the floor, and press your heels together. Soften the elbows of the arms holding the barre.
  4. Keep a neutral spine and your abdominals pulled in.
  5. Hold for 30 seconds.
  6. Return to a standing position.
  7. Repeat the pose 3 times.

TIPS:

  1. WATCH OUT FOR…
    Too much turn out
    HOW TO FIX IT
    Bring your feet into a smaller 45-degree V position before you begin the movement.
  2. WATCH OUT FOR…
    Body bouncing at bottom of movement
    HOW TO FIX IT
    Slow your movement on the way down and up from the seat to your heels. Keep an even tempo up and down.
  3. WATCH OUT FOR…
    Lower back tucks under, arches too much, or leans forward toward barre with shoulders up
    HOW TO FIX IT
    Bring your shoulders back over your hips while leveling your shoulders. Pull your abdominals in and stay in a neutral spine.

Ready to tone those thighs at exhale? Book a barre class and learn from the pros!

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