Welcome back to Get Fit with Britt! I'm going to be posting some demos of my fave exercises taught at Pure Barre Williamsburg, with the help of their awesome instructors. Pure Barre is a fast, effective, and most importantly, safe way to change your body, and follows a technique that's high-intensity, but low impact to protect your joints! Thanks to Pure Barre, I have been able to build long, lean (not bulky!) muscles while tapering everything in & lifting it up! For this series, we will pick a particular move, explain the focus area and correct form, then demonstrate it so you can practice at home! That way, if/when you come to the studio yourself, you'll be rocking the moves & way ahead of the game ;) These exercises are also a great way to get fit on-the-go! I find myself regularly using Pure Barre exercises during my hotel room workouts. Additionally, you can get all the outfits I'm wearing at the Pure Barre Williamsburg studio, so definitely go by if you're looking for some fun, new workout gear! Come & join me, get that healthy & strong body you've always wanted- come Get Fit with Britt!
Today's exercise focuses on abs, specifically that deep, under layer of abs that can be tricky to reach. Pure Barre has a strong focus on core work, and in this slouched position you are really able to isolate your deepest of abs, effectively toning them just as you do the top layer. Slide your mat about a quarter of the way up the wall, and lean up against it, forming a C curve with your back. If it feels like you're slouching, you're probably in the right position! This can be a tricky exercise to master, but be sure to keep your abs pulled in (navel to spine!) and hips tucked under. I've found that exhaling with each movement really helps me target and tone these deeper abs in an effective way. Length is more important than height in this position, so it's more beneficial to keep your leg straight but lower, as opposed to bent and higher! Repeat this cycle three times with each leg.
*I am not a trainer or health professional, so please consult one if you feel you're doing something wrong or could potentially injure yourself.