Train Like a Ballerina – Part 1

Train Like a Ballerina – Part 1

All Images courtesy of Ballet Beautiful

Hello Kora Beauties!

I am delighted to share a favorite Ballet Beautiful workout with all of you. Miranda and I have done each of these exercises many times together over the years, and I know you all will absolutely love the results!

No ballet experience? Not to worry! Ballet Beautiful is a workout inspired by ballet. The program is designed for the busy, modern woman looking to maximize her results and time. The best part is that you can do this workout on-the-go. It’s portable and effective, get ready for that killer Ballet Beautiful Burn!

Hip Opener Stretch
Every Ballet Beautiful workout begins with a simple stretch to open and release the muscles in your back, hips and legs. This hip opener works miracles, but be patient and gentle as your body loosens! Begin seated on the mat, bend your front knee in toward your hip and stretch your back knee out long behind you. Sit up high and open through the chest, pulling your stomach in. Gently bend toward the bent knee for a stretch through the spine. Hold this stretch for 10 to 20 seconds as the muscles begin to open. Don’t worry about whether or not your hip reaches the floor or how low it is – your hips will loosen and open over time. Repeat on the other side.

Mary Helen Bowers Train Like a Ballerina - Part 1a

Classic Ballet Beautiful Bridge – targets the hamstrings, butt, hips and core
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor (or bring on to demi-pointe for a more advanced version). Press your shoulders and upper back into the floor and pull in tight through your stomach. Keep your feet together and knees closed to engage your inner thighs. Lift your hips high towards the ceiling, while keeping your stomach tight to take stress out of your lower back, and engage your butt. Keep the core engaged, when hips rise – engage your glutes, and when you lower release, continuously moving. Sink your hips down as far as you can without letting them touch the mat, then elevate back up. That’s one move. Repeat the lower and lift. 4 sets of 8 reps

Mary Helen Bowers Train Like a Ballerina - Part 1b

Ballet Twist – targets the abs, obliques, waist and core
From a seated position on the floor, extend your legs out long (or keep knees bent to release your hips). Pull your stomach towards your spine and lower your upper body behind you. Lift your arms to a ballet first position and twist your upper body scooping your lower abs in. Keep pulling your abs in as you rotate slowly from right to left. 4 sets of 10 reps

Mary Helen Bowers Train Like a Ballerina - Part 1c

Want more Ballet Beautiful? We will have Part 2 to this series coming your way shortly but in the meantime you can head over to our website and use the code BBKORABEAUTY to save 50% off the first month of our amazing online Custom Workout subscription.

Have a beautiful workout!
xoxo – Mary Helen | @balletbeautiful


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