Barre workouts are a great way for people from all walks of life to reach their fitness goals and get their bodies into prime shape! However, some people do not really care too much about working their arms or core; their legs are the most important body part they want to improve. Well what if you could eliminate your troubles and solve this problem in a mere 15 minutes? Check out this barre workout that is sure to get those legs ready!
Leg lifts are an excellent way to dip your toe into the water of barre leg workouts. They are simple, do not require any epuipment (unless you want to use weights, of course), and really work your bottom half, while offering some work for your core as well. For people who do not usually do a lot of lower-body workouts or are trying to get back into the swing of things after an injury, this barre workout for your leg should be just the thing to get you going until you are ready to take on more challenging exercises.
- Stand up straight, feet together. Lift your arms up to your shoulders and bend them at the elbows.
- In one motion, lift your right leg up as if you are about to take a step and lower your left arm. Then repeat using the opposite arm and leg – as if you are marching in place. When both sides are completed, that is one rep.
- Repeat this 10-15 times.
This next barre workout for legs is called the fold-over. The fold-over is a tad bit more challenging than the leg lifts because of the balancing factor, but it is just as effective for the upper thighs. In addition to the upper thighs, this barre workout also helps the lower back and lifts the rear – added bonus! Nonetheless, there is a proper form to this, so before attempting, it may be best to watch a video or have someone who knows how to do fold-overs on hand before you try this alone.
- Grab a chair and stand behind it at arm’s length. Your feet should be hip-width apart.
- With knees bent, slowly hinge your torso forward until your body is parallel with the ground. Hold on to the back of the chair for support, and slightly bend your elbows.
- Raise one leg up as high as you comfortably can without going above your hip. After you have lifted your leg up, lower it back down, stopping just above the floor. Repeat by lifting your leg again.
- Do about 60 of these lifts, switch sides, and repeat.
Side Leg Raises
Another great barre leg workout for you to do is the side leg raise. Side leg raises do work on a group of muscles in the body called the abductor muscle group. This muscle group are vital for properly functioning in everyday life, as well as participating in sports and various other activities. Note that side leg raises and leg lifts can be the same thing, depending on your position and goal. The difference between the leg lifts above and these side leg raises are that the leg lifts are performed standing up and this barre leg workout requires you to lie down on your side. You can also add weights or a resistance band to help add intensity to this workout.
- Still holding on to the chair stand behind it at bent arm’s length. Take one leg and bend it upward at the knee.
- Lift the bended leg outward and then extend your leg straight out. Revert back to original position by bending your leg back in, and lowering it back down.
- Repeat for about 15 reps on one side and repeat using the opposite side.
Standing Side Stars
Standing side stars are next on our barre leg workout routine! This workout routine is different from the previous exercise because you get to stand back up and involve both the upper and lower body. This barre exercise works out the arms, core, and legs making this a great triple-threat workout to pursue if you are wanting to target multiple areas all at one time. All you need, if not in a barre studio, is a chair and a few minutes, and you will be all set to burn some calories!
- Stand behind the chair once more and grip the back with your right hand. Raise your left arm up beside your head and slightly bend your left leg.
- In a sort of sweeping or cupping motion, swing the arm and leg backwards, then forward. Repeat for about 15 reps and repeat with the opposite arm and leg.
Sliding Leg Raises
Last on our low-impact barre workout for legs list are sliding leg raises. This last workout has you lying back down on the floor, but it really works on your legs. Your thighs, hips, and core are all being worked on with this barre exercise. Feel like a ballerina yet?
- Lie down on your back, with both legs raised towards the ceiling.
- While lowering your legs down, keep your right leg straight but bend your left leg in towards your stomach. Raise your legs back up towards the ceiling.
- Repeat switching legs. Repeat for 10-20 reps each.
Not all workouts are created equal, so if one of these barre leg workouts are too difficult for you, do not be afraid to switch up and try something else. All of these workouts are meant to be low-impact, but if you want added intensity go ahead and add weights or even more complex moves to the mix. But always remember to have fun with it!