The reason that Barre Body Studio workouts get results is because our workouts have been designed to define, lift and sculpt the body. In order to define the muscle you have to create room for the muscle to breath. Stretching in an important part of any fitness regime, because stretching allows your muscles to relax and lengthen after a challenging training session. Regular stretching helps promote lean muscles and will help reduce post workout muscle inflammation and soreness. Making a habit of stretching is a good habit to have.
So often exercise programs brush the importance of stretching aside. The stretch component of a workout gets neglected or skipped because we often can’t see the benefits of stretching as immediately as burning out our gluts in plié pulses. However the simple act of stretching can improve one’s posture, reduce muscle aches and even boost your mood. When you stretch you encourage blood circulation within the body and as a result you send more oxygen to the brain.
The key to a good stretch routine is balance. Be mindful to stretch both the front and the back of the body to prevent any muscle imbalances. Here are a few great stretches to help you flush out your legs after a leg shaking barre workout.
STRETCH OUT THE BARRE BURN
(These Stretch Tips are sourced from Oxygen Magazine).
Standing Figure 4 Stretch
(Stretches out the gluteus maximus).
Tip: If you are having difficulty keeping your balance, place one palm against a wall or another sturdy object for support. Standing tall, place your right ankle against your left thigh; when viewed from the front, your legs should resemble the number four. Bend your hips and knees, lowering your glutes and pointing your tailbone toward the wall behind you. Hold for up to one minute, then switch sides and repeat.
Seated Figure 4 Stretch
(Stretches out the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and the hamstrings).
Tip: If you can’t bend forward very far just relax and breath into the stretch and try reaching for your extended leg foot.
Sit on the floor, extending your left leg and placing the sole of your right foot against the inside of your left thigh as shown. Reach your arms forward, bending at the waist, until you feel a stretch in your glutes, the sides of your hips and the back of your thighs. Maintain this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then switch sides and repeat.
Gentle Lower Back Twist
(Stretches out the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and erector spinae).
Tip:Sit up tall and keep you spine tall as you stretch.
Sit tall with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your right knee and place your foot on the outside of your left thigh. Twist toward the right and hold for 30 seconds to one minute; when finished, repeat with your left leg.
Lying Figure 4 Stretch
(Stretches out the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings).
Tip: Relax your back. Your back should be flat, not arched, as you perform this stretch. Lie on your back, extending both legs into the air. Cross your right ankle over your left leg and loop your hands around your left thigh, gently pulling it toward your chest. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then repeat on your right leg.