This at-home workout is a fun, easy way to get in a strength-based sweat session—no matter how busy you are.
Alicia Archer, a dancer and an Equinox fitness instructor in New York City, created this workout specifically for this time of year. “You’re pulled in so many different directions during the holidays,” she says. “Barre won’t add more stress to your life.” The ballet-inspired moves focus on small motions and high reps, to help sculpt and strengthen.
Start on all fours with right leg lifted and extended out behind you; point toes (A). Bend elbows, lowering chest to the ground while raising right leg even higher (B). Push back up “A,” and then repeat.
Side Plank with Dip & Leg Lift
Lie on left side with legs stacked. Bend left leg back, prop yourself up on left forearm, and raise right arm straight up (A). Pull abs in and lift hips (B). Raise left knee up toward chest (C). Hold for 2 seconds. Lower back down to “A,” and repeat.
Plié with Front Arm Lift & Pull
Stand with feet about 3 feet apart and turned out; hold palms in front of thighs with a 3-lb. dumbbell in each hand (A). Bend knees, push hips back, and lower 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.
Plié with High Arm Biceps Curl
Stand with heels together and feet turned out; bend knees slightly. With a 3-lb. weight in each hand, raise arms out to sides, palms faceup (A). Rise onto tiptoes, pulling elbows into sides (B). Return to “A”; bend elbows and curl weights toward shoulders (C). Return to “A” again; repeat sequence.
Triceps Lift & Extension
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Holding a 3-lb. weight in each hand with palms facing forward, hinge at hips and lower torso slightly; allow arms to naturally fall forward (A). Lift arms back and up (B); bend elbows, curling weights toward shoulders (C). Extend arms back out to “B,” and then lower to “A”; repeat.
Curtsy Lunge with Front Leg Extension
Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms at sides with a 3-lb. weight in each hand. Take a giant step back with left foot, crossing it behind right. Bend knees, lower hips and torso, and extend right arm diagonally back and up. 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 bring left foot to right thigh (C). Lower left leg, step back to “A,” and repeat.
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