Fitness Friday – Booty Kicks
I started doing ballet when I was the wee age of four. And yes, I still have that first recital costume, too (thanks, momma!). If you’ve noticed lately, ballet-type workout classes are starting to become all the rage…Bar Method, anyone? You’ll also notice these studios cost a small fortune, too. Not that it’s not worth it, but I’ll keep my gym that has free childcare and is open 24 hours a day – even though only one Ballet Body Fusion class a week if offered for now.
But, let’s look at ballet dancer’s bodies. I can sum them up in two words. Long and lean. And these dancers are so strong. Have you ever tried to do an arabesque? How high can you get your leg – and actually hold it up there for any length of time? It’s tough.
Last year, I started incorporating more ballet-type moves into my workouts. And my favorite is what I call the Booty Kick. It’s kind of like moving your leg into an arabesque, but height of your leg is not the purpose. The purpose? Toning the booty and legs. And it’s ridiculously simple. I find myself just standing in front of the TV doing this exercise.
Posture is key. Think like a ballet dancer. No slouching your shoulders forward or bending over. Slowly raise your leg backward while keeping your hips forward. Tighten your booty the entire time. See below for how high I get my leg. At this height, I really feel it in my butt and lower back. I’m also working my shoulders by keeping my arms up. I like to do 3 sets of 20 on each leg. Try not to touch your toe to the ground each time – work on that balance!
Want to feel the burn even more? Add a band around your ankles. Works your muscles even better!!