6 Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Workouts Thanks To Their Micro-Movement Exercises
Ugh, going to barre makes you feel the f*cking burn -- and no, I'm not talking the sting of your second tequila shot as it slides down your throat. I'm actually referring to the micro-movement-infused sweat sesh that is basically a workout that doesn't feel like a workout -- at first, that is.
From the strength of a ballerina's core, to flawless posture, to obliques on fleek, there are numerous benefits to reap from practicing ballet-inspired workouts. And trust me, when it comes to this fitness trend, a little effort really does go a long way.
If you don't want to break the bank by going to a studio, or you're simply looking for a killer circuit to do at home, here are six barre-inspired workouts you can do sans equipment -- all you'll need is a chair or kitchen counter!
These bad boys may seem effortless from afar, but I promise your burning booty will beg to differ.
1. Standing Hip Extension
This tiny movement targets your hips, butt, and thighs -- a leg-sculpting trifecta, if you will.
You probably won't feel anything at first, but after a few sets of these babies, you might want to throw your chair across the room.
2. Calf Relevé
Killer calves are just a few relevés away -- if you can get through that burning sensation.
These mini movements are hard on the muscles, but kind to your joints, so keep those juicy benefits in mind when you feel like you want to give up.
3. The Narrow V
I've never been all that graceful, but TBH, I honestly feel like a ballerina when I do this exercise.
This bad boy sculpts your entire leg, including the outer and inner thigh. Embrace the quivering and shaking sensation you'll feel through this isometric move.
Use a chair for support, or let it go for a little challenge for your sense of balance.
4. Carousel Horse
I'd much rather be on a legit carousel stuffing my face with cotton candy, but nah, you can catch me over here torturing myself with these insane micro-movement workouts.
(I know, I'm dramatic, deal with it.)
Carousel horse works your lower bod, sculpts your core, and perfects your posture.
I told you -- a little goes a long way!
5. Power Leg
This one is kind of like a tiny, modified squat, except way, way harder. You'll probably miss your intense, weighted sumo squats after a few rounds of power legs.
Lift one inch, lower, and repeat. Your quads will be begging for mercy by the time you're done.
6. Boat Pose
Incorporating boat pose into your barre circuit will challenge both your core and your balance.
Honestly, just holding this pose with straight legs is difficult in and of itself. But if you want to really amp up that abdominal burn, try straightening and extending your legs.
So, how do you feel?