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Top Tender Technique Corrections...

We can all agree on something – barre is challenging. No matter what your level of fitness, it’s likely you will feel some shaking and quivering through those pulses. It isn't long though until your muscles get stronger and with regular classes you notice real and quite dramatic improvement. It is at this point that your focus turns from trying not to shake to technique. Take it from us, a tiny adjustment can make a significant difference to your barre workout. To help you as you move along the barre journey, here are some top technique corrections (in no particular order…) 1. Work the Butt – with any plié, pulse or quiver your butt should be your primary focus. The glutes are big muscles and you can ask a lot of them. So, to maximise their potential slightly tuck the tailbone under which puts them in a position where they more naturally contract so you can squeeze them which will also help you to open your plié rotation. 2. Practise poise for great thighs – Your posture in all pliés should be upright with the head over the shoulders, over the hips, knees and ankles. This makes you look poised and elegant but it puts your body weight over your centre and ask your quads/thighs to work harder as you plié and is great for toning the legs. 3. Our famous Lazy Pigeon move is a killer, but amazing for butt lifting - to get the most out of it - keep your lifted knee behind your hip and your calf parallel to the mat. 4. In true arabesque or dancers stretch - keep the hips square to the mat or imagine your hip bones are head lights beaming directly forward. This will intensify the stretch and give the outer glutes an additional workout. 5. Hide those ribs to turn on those abs - Try not to splay your rib cage forward (on pretty much any exercise). If your ribs are splaying forward this is a sign that your abs are not engaged. 6. Upward dog, downward shoulders - draw your shoulders away from the ears in upward down - this strengthens the back, stretches the neck and also feels great. 7. Throughout class, keep your core firing by gently drawing your belly button in towards your spine and feel the lower abdominals (the Transverse abdominus) from the belly button to the pubic bone flatten and tighten. Your deeper abdominal (transverse abdominus) is a muscle designed for endurance and you can continuously throughout class check if it is engaged.

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