Belly Up to Your at-Home Barre: The Kitchen Counter

Burn calories – not dinner – with this at home workout.

By Ali Haynes

Barre, the ballet-inspired fitness craze that combines low-impact moves with isometric holds and heavy repetition, is the perfect match for the busiest room in the house: the kitchen. Once you’ve trimmed the turkey, prepped the veggies, and set the table, pull up a chair or clear off the kitchen counter and fit in a quick workout with these four moves. Complete all four moves once through, gradually working your way up to three times through with 15 second breaks between each move.

Pretzel lifts

Pretzel lifts

Targets glutes, obliques

Stand with left hip next to the counter, heels together and toes apart about 4-6 inches. Turn 45 degrees toward the counter and place left forearm on the counter, hinging forward at the waist. Grab right foot with right hand, bending at the knee, so the heel is close to your behind (we call it your “seat” in barre-lingo). Lift knee to hip height and pull back opening up the hip joint. Release the foot and place right hand on left wrist. Perform 20 pulses upward with leg. Switch sides and repeat.

Targets thighs, glutes

Stand facing the counter with your arms extended holding on for support. Separate your feet in a wide straddle (outside your shoulders and hips), toes turned out at a 45-degree angle. Bend knees until thighs are parallel to the floor, and hinge forward so your back is at a 45-degree angle. Perform 20 downward pulses with seat.

Fresh abs

Fresh abs

Targets core

Start in a standing plank position: hands on the counter, hands in line with your shoulders. Step your feet back so your body is at a 45-degree angle, and raise to the balls of your feet. Keeping a flat back and abs engaged, alternate your knees pulling into your chest. Do as fast as you can for 60 seconds.

Targets shoulders, arms, core

Start in plank position on the ground, hands directly under shoulders. Keep legs straight while walking hands into feet. Slowly roll body up one vertebrae at a time until standing, and raise arms overhead. Then lower the hands and roll body back down to the ground. Place hands on the floor and walk back out to plank position. Repeat 10 times.

To feel better about those holiday calories and try a class at The Barre Code, visit our website and select the Oak Park location. Enter promo code “turkey” at check out, and your class is on us! Valid only at the Oak Park location.

Photos courtesy of Ali Haynes, The Barre Code Oak Park