Summer Abs

Building a strong sleek dancer's core is at the center of every Ballet Beautiful workout. Try these 3 exercises to target your ballet core!

Classic Ballet Beautiful Abs with Extended Arms- In this position lower and lift your upper body. As your body lowers allow your arms to drop slightly releasing in your elbows. When you your body lifts bring your arms back up slightly above shoulder height.
4 sets of 8 reps

Training Tips:
-Relax your shoulders away from your ears
-Think of pulling your belly button to your spine
-Only go back as far as you can while keeping your stomach pulled in

 

Ab Twist with Port de Bras- Begin in the same starting position as the exercise above. As you sit up tall add a slight twist in your upper body to the left while lifting your right arm overhead, as shown. Lower your body to center and repeat to the right.
4 sets of 8 reps alternating sides

Training Tips:
-Keep your hips square when twisting
-Relax your hip flexors when sitting up tall
-Initiate the lowering of your body by pulling your abs in more

Ballet Abs Extension- Lying on your back begin with both legs reaching straight up from your hips in a small 1st position. Lower your left leg and left arm while keeping your abs engaged. Stop your leg about 1 inch off the ground and return back to the starting position and repeat on the right.
4 sets of 8 reps alternating sides

Training Tips:
-Only lower your leg as far as you can with your stomach pulled in
-Keep both legs stretched long
-Relax your neck and shoulders

Have fun and enjoy your workout!

Find more helpful tips to get the most out of your ab work here.