creator Suzanne Bowen demonstrates the Wide 2nd Position.
like most of us, you want tighter thighs in 2016. This
dance-inspired move by BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen will do
and tones the thighs.
WHAT TO DO
a quick warm-up. A few minutes of walking or jogging will do.
Grab onto a countertop ó or chair that wonít slide away from
you ó for support. Begin by placing feet a little more than
hip distance apart, at a 45-degree angle or so from the body.
Fight to keep chest and head high as you begin to
"pulse" ó dropping your bottom and raising back up
to the starting position, going only as deep as comfortable.
Protect your knees by making sure they do not travel out beyond
your toes, so reposition your feet as necessary.
up through your heels so you really feel this in your
thighs," she says.
worry if you canít go very low, Bowen says. Youíll gain a
greater range of motion over time. When you get a little
stronger, you can widen the feet even more and drop lower.
advanced version of this move? Perform the move while standing
on the balls of your feet, pictured below right. (You might need
to reposition your feet to bring them closer to the body, to
give you a sturdier foundation.)
really feel your [thigh] muscles burning and shaking in this
this exercise for one to three minutes a couple of days of week.
Rest a day or two between sessions.