Ballerina bodies are also typically lean and fat-free. Many people envy the physique but don’t actually realize that they can get a similar shape. Besides a strict diet, opt for some fat-busting treatments to help you get into tip top shape. Ever since Natalie Portman made the ballet body every woman’s must have, ladies (and some gentlemen) have been flocking to barre-based classes in droves. But while there may be a ballet barre present in the room, many of these curriculums are only loosely based on the ballerina’s real repertoire — undeniably the source of her long, lean, sculpted frame.
We select top three ballet-inspired moves to help you achieve a ballerina’s bod.
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Moves for a ballerina bod
Working the right muscles also helps ensure your body moulds into a long, lean ballerina frame. Below are some barre-based moves to help you achieve your goal.
Stand with feet turned out, heels together, arms at sides. Bring left toe to right knee, toe pointed, turning right leg out from hip as you raise and extend arms out at shoulder height, palms down. Keeping upper body lifted, tilt torso to right from hips so body is on a diagonal; look toward right hand (as shown). Hold for 4 counts, then straighten torso. Do 8 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
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Stand on right leg, foot turned out slightly and extend left leg back as high as you can while keeping hips square, toe pointed, left arm parallel to left leg, palm down; right arm extended in front of you on a slight diagonal, palm up, gazing over right hand (as shown). Pulse left leg up and down using left glute. Do 16 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
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Stand with heels together, toes apart, arms at sides. Lift left leg in front of you, knee slightly bent, toe pointed as you extend arms out at shoulder height palms up. Standing leg should be slightly bent (as shown). Pulse left leg up and down from hip 16 times. Switch sides and repeat.
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Stand with legs turned out, right foot about 6 inches behind left, arms extended to sides at shoulder height. Kick right leg in front of you, making sure toes are pointed and leg stays turned out (as shown), Return to start. Do 8 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
HALF MOON TILT
Stand on right leg, foot turned out slightly, and extend left leg back, foot flexed, left arm parallel to left leg, palm down; right arm extended in front of you on a slight diagonal, palm up. Slowly tilt torso forward, touching right fingertips to floor (as shown), then return to start. Do 8 reps.
Switch sides and repeat.
FLAT BACK PLIE
Stand in wide second position, feet turned out. Plie as deeply as you can and extend arms straight overhead, palms forward. In 4 counts, hinge forward from hips until torso is parallel to floor, keeping back at (as shown). Lift torso back up, holding plie position for 4 more counts for 1 rep. Do 8 reps.
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