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Proper Stretching Technique Series #5: Barre Body Side Stretch

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Today we're continuing our Proper Stretching Technique Series with the Barre Body Side Stretch, which targets the inner leg muscles and the side body. There's always an incorrect and correct way to perform any barre stretch so scroll down to make sure your form is on point!

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The above variation gives you a deeper stretch

Stretching properly in (and out) of class is extremely important so if you have any questions about this exercise or any others please ask a Barre Instructor!


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Proper Stretching Technique Series #4: Runners Lunge

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Today we're continuing our Proper Stretching Technique Series with the Runners Lunge. We perform this stretch at the beginning of every barre class in our warm up and sometimes at the end of class. It's an effective way to stretch the hip flexors and open up the hips. As with every exercise there is a wrong way and a right way to execute Runners Lunge.

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MODIFICATION: If you have tight hips and/or cannot reach the floor with your hands, place your hands on your knee instead and keep your spine straight.

As always, if you have any questions about Runners Lunge or any other stretch please ask an instructor!


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Proper Stretching Techique Series #3: Inner Thigh (Butterfly) Stretch

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Today we're continuing our Proper Stretching Technique Series with the Butterfly Stretch. This exercise targets the inner thighs.

 

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This version gets into the glutes.

 

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A deeper stretch and different variation.

If you need to modify, sit up straighter and don't fold as far forward.

Stretching properly in (and out) of class is extremely important so if you have any questions about this exercise or any others please ask a Barre Instructor!


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Proper Stretching Technique Series #2: Floor Hamstring Stretch

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Today we're continuing our Proper Stretching Technique Series with the Floor Hamstring Stretch. We perform this exercise at the end of class to help lengthen and stretch the backs of our legs, which can feel tight after we work them repeatedly in class. This is a great stretch that can also be done at home on a mat or carpet.

 

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Stretching properly in (and out) of class is extremely important so if you have any questions about this exercise or any others please ask a Barre Instructor! To check out the Barre Body Stretch which also targets the hamstrings and is a great alternative to this floor stretch, click here.

 

 


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Proper Stretching Technique Series #1: Barre Body Stretch

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If you've taken class at BBS you know how much we love to stretch! Stretching helps us maintain and increase our flexibility while creating those long, lean, "ballerina" muscles instead of building bulk. It also gives our hard-working muscles a little break throughout class, in between those oh-so-intense, repetitive Barre exercises, promoting blood flow. And not only does stretching relax our muscles, it helps to relax our minds as well. But if we don't set ourselves up correctly for a stretch we won't get much out of it and incorrect alignment can lead to injury. This is why proper form is so important! And today we are featuring one of our most popular stretches: The Barre Body Stretch which targets the hamstrings.

Your Barre Instructor will always queue a stretch in class but by showing you visuals of the incorrect and correct way of executing this exercise we hope you a gather a better understanding of where your alignment should be.

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Incorrect Form

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Correct Form

Please note: If you have tight hamstrings, keep your knee bent. Your leg does not have to be straight when placed on the barre.

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If you are really flexible

To modify this stretch you can come off the barre and do the Triangle Hamstring Stretch that is done in the warm up with both hands reaching to the floor, or rest them on the shin or quad.

If you have any questions about the Barre Body Stretch or any other stretch please ask an Instructor. We will be highlighting many other Barre stretches in the next coming weeks so please stay tuned for those!


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BBS Technique Tips | Wide Second Reverse Chair

Our friends Katrina & Hillary from Barre Body Studio in Calgary run us through the proper way to set yourself up in a wide second position reverse chair at the barre. Although the quads often want to take over, engage those glutes to get a great lower body workout!

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Form Friday - First Position PliƩ

First position plié or small V is an amazing exercise that tones the legs, particularly the back side! But as always, proper form is the key to targeting the appropriate muscles and keeping your body safe from injury. Starting with your toes and heels together, rock back onto your heels allowing your feet to open naturally, you should have a small V and narrow knees (2” apart ONLY). Rise up onto the balls of the feet ensuring all 10 toes touch the floor, the weight should be in the middle of the foot rather than in the big toes. Press the balls of the feet into the floor and squeeze the heels together. Your shoulders should be stacked over top of your hips. Continue to lengthen through the top of the head, pulling the chin into a neutral position, lift through the chest and roll the shoulders down and back. Gently rest the inside arm on the barre with the outside hand rested on the hip.

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Now it’s time to move! As you lower down continue to squeeze your sitz bones towards one another while engaging the glutes. As you rise back up press the balls of the feet into the floor and squeeze the heels tight to maintain the muscle activation in the back of the legs. Remember to modify when you need to by dropping the heels to the floor making this a slightly less advanced exercise. Keep the mind body connection strong to feel the intense burn throughout the series!

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