Barre workouts have only been around for a couple of years, but in that short period of time, they’ve become extremely popular, especially among women. Barre is a training style mainly inspired by ballet, with some yoga and pilates mixed in.
It requires that you hold yourself in a specific position while contracting muscles, which really helps target specific areas. Barre is the kind of workout where you should feel your muscles burning to keep you stable.
When it comes to thighs, this position is probably the best barre move you can find. If you only do one lower body exercise, do this one!
And the best part is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Hold on to the kitchen counter, and do it while waiting for your pasta to boil. Grab the back of a chair and hold the position during commercial breaks.
What to Do: Standing straight and holding on to some form of support, bring the heels up until your weight is on your toes. Then bend your knees until you’re in a partial squat position. Your thighs should be parallel to each other. Keep your hips in line with your shoulders.
Start by holding this position for 30 seconds at a time. As you become stronger you can hold it for 45, then 60 seconds.