JessicaSmithTV: Ballet Body

Ballet Body is a barre workout that uses light hand weights to increase intensity. You get some light cardio and some light toning but nothing terribly intense. I liked this workout but I didn’t love it. I was hoping for something more intense than this workout. It is a high rep workout so heavy dumbbells aren’t the answer. It is low impact–so no jumping. I did enjoy this workout and it would work very well for a day when you want to get in an effective workout but nothing too challenging or intense. There was one move I really liked a lot–#8 below. Using only 5 pound dumbbells I felt it.

Ballet Body is 28:30 minutes long; 2:30 minute warm up and 2:30 minute stretch. Equipment: light dumbbells (Jessica is using 3 pound dumbbells, I used both 3 and 5 pound dumbbells).

  1. Wide plie pulses, bringing both hands/DBs beside one knee and open and close top arm (raising DB overhead); bring hands/DBs to waist and push DBs forward and back; repeat opening and closing arm/DB on other arm; repeat bringing hands to waist and pushing DBs forward and back
  2. Side to side step raising one arm in front of you and the other to the side (alternate which is forward and which is side w/ each step); add balance knee raise w/ each step
  3. Hinge forward, all your weight on one leg w/ the other leg extended behind you, toe on floor and pulse straight arms up behind you; add raising and lowering back leg
  4. Stand w/ feet in something like 3rd (ballet) position and slide front toe out and in, touching heel to back toe while also doing bicep curls
  5. Repeat 2-4 on other side of body
  6. Legs in wide plie, hinge forward while doing a rear fly; stand up straight and raise up onto toes and do chest fly arms; wide plie squats while doing overhead tricep extensions; changes to pulsing plie squats w/ pulsing overhead tricep extension; repeat #6
  7. Stand w/ all your weight on one leg and raise and lower other straight leg out to side of body; raise DBs and hold overhead while continuing the side leg left; hold leg up and pulse
  8. Pulse in curtsy lunge w/ torso hinged forward, raise arms in front of you in a V then out to side (rear fly) then straight behind you (triceps) while continuing to pulse in curtsy lunge
  9. Repeat #7 & 8
  10. Step forward and back and when you step forward, lift back leg straight up behind you (glute raise); add raising arms to side with each leg lift; remain stationary and raise and lower back leg while holding arms/ DBs out to side
  11. Feet in 3rd position, pulse straight arms behind you; add bending front knee and bringing toe up to stationary knee; hold leg up, toe to knee (balance move) while continuing to pulse arms behind you
  12. Repeat #10 & 11 on other leg

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