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Barre at the Beach: Mat Work

  • March 9, 2016
  • By Brittany
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Barre at the Beach: Mat Work

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday.  Btw, did you know yesterday was International Woman’s Day?  I hope you did something nice for a woman in you life!
Do you remember waaaaay back when I posted Barre at the Beach: Standing Barre, well I completely forgot about part 2–Barre at the Beach: Mat Work!  What was I thinking!?  Luckily I was scrolling through my photos and remembered!  This one is a goodie!  All you need is a mat (beach is optional!).

Barre at the Beach: Mat Work

Crossed Leg Crunch

Barre at the Beach- Crossed Leg Crunch

Start with your legs crossed at the knees and your hands behind your head.  Lift your head neck and shoulders off the mat without pulling on your neck and crunch towards your knees as you draw your knees in towards your head.  Repeat 8x on one side and then switch and place the other leg on top and repeat.

Double Leg Straight Leg Crunch

Barre at the Beach- Double Leg Crunch

Start with hands planted flat on mat with fingertips pointing towards seat and elbows bent. Draw knees into chest with feet lifted off the ground and flexed.  As you bend your elbows and lower down towards the mat, extend the legs out straight but hover off the mat.  Repeat 16x.

Forearm Plank

Barre at the Beach- Forearm Plank

Balance on your forearms with your toes tucked and your knees lifted (option to drop down onto knees).  Pull abs in towards spine and keep neck long.  Hold this plank for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Scissors

Barre at the Beach- Scissors

Begin lying on your back with hands by your sides.  Lift your head, neck and shoulders off the mat extending one leg towards the sky and hovering the other leg just off the mat.  Keep your hips and torso still as you switch legs.  Repeat 16x.

Single Leg Stretch

Barre at the Beach- Single Leg Stretch

Begin like scissors but this time bend one knee into the chest while hovering the other leg off the floor.  Switch side to side keeping the torso and hips still.  Repeat 16x.

Single Leg Front Kick

Barre at the Beach- Front Leg Kick Collage

Start by lying on one side with bottom knee slightly bent propping yourself on one elbow.  Lift the top leg, pointing the toe.  Draw the leg froward and then bring it back to the side.  Repeat 16x.

Side Leg Lift

Barre at the Beach- Side Leg Lift

Start by lying on one side with bottom knee slightly bent propping yourself on one elbow.  Lift the top leg, pointing the toe. Lift and lower the top leg 16x keeping the toe pointed.

Single Leg Extension

Barre at the Beach- Single Leg Extension

Start on hands and knees with palms directly underneath shoulders.  Lift one leg up to hip height bending at the knee and flexing the foot.  Maintain the leg at hip height and extend the leg long behind pointing the toe.  Return to start.  Repeat 16x on each leg.

Single Leg Tap

Barre at the Beach- Single Leg Tap

Start on hands and knees with palms directly underneath shoulders.  Lift one leg up to hip height keeping the leg long and pointing the toe.  Tap the toe down to the floor then lift back up.  Repeat 16x per leg.

Clamshell

Barre at the Beach-Clamshell

Start by lying on one side with bottom knee slightly bent propping yourself on one elbow.  Bend the knees stacking the legs.  Keep the toes together as you lift the top knee towards the sky.  Return to start but only hover the leg above the bottom leg.  Repeat 16x on each leg.

Pushups

Barre at the Beach- Pushups

Start with hands underneath shoulders on your knees with your feet lifted towards the sky.  Bend the elbows and lower the chest down towards the mat.  Exhale and return to start.  Repeat 16x.

Straight Leg Tricep Dip

Barre at the Beach- Straight Leg Tricep Dip Collage

Start seated on the mat with hands behind you fingertips facing forward.  Extend the legs long and lift the seat off the mat.  Keep the seat lifted and bend the elbows slightly.  Push back up to start.  Repeat 16x.

Readers, if you could workout anywhere right now, where would it be?  

By Brittany, March 9, 2016
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