This exclusive lower-body workout is designed to burn in the best way possible.

By Kylie Gilbert
Oct 19, 2020 @ 6:19 pm
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As anyone who has taken a barre class knows, the workout method (inspired by ballet, Pilates, and yoga) focuses on tiny movements. A word to the wise: the easier an exercise looks, the more likely it is to bring tears to your eyes.

Because it's low-impact, barre is also the preferred cross-training workout for many avid runners and cyclists. That's why Peloton decided to launch a barre program last month, which consists of 10 workouts ranging from 5 to 30-minutes. (The workouts are available on the Peloton App free for 30 days, even if you don't own a bike.)

"All of the moves we do in Peloton Barre will focus on small range movements that create a major burn," says Peloton instructor and dancer Hannah Corbin. "They will combine lifting and lowering, pulsing and isometric holds that will challenge you in all the right ways." The goal: To feel strengthened, energized, and balanced.

Although they're low-impact, don't expect to be bored. "The workouts are high-energy and choreographed to the beat of the music," Corbin says.

Ahead, Corbin shares her 6-move lower-body barre workout — designed to quickly target the butt and thighs — created exclusively for InStyle readers.

1. Wide Leg Bend

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From a wide stance with your toes facing the front diagonal, bend your legs to a 90-degree angle, then come halfway up. Repeat 16 times total.

2. V Position Bend

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Starting with your heels together and toes two inches apart, bend your knees and lift your heels one to two  inches off the ground. Bend both knees, making a diamond shape with your legs then come halfway up. Repeat 16 times total.

3. Bent Knee, parallel

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Begin with feet hip-width apart, toes facing forward. Extend the right leg directly behind you, bend both knees, tuck the pelvis forward, and lift the toes off the ground. Pulse the right leg backward (as if to kick a wall behind you) while keeping the pelvis tucked. Repeat 16 times total on the right side. Repeat on the left side.

4. Straight Leg, turned out

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Begin with feet hip-width apart. Extend the right leg back diagonally, with a flexed foot and knee turned out. Lift and lower the right leg about 12 inches. Repeat 16 times total. Repeat on the left side.

5. Clamshell

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Laying on your left side, bring your bent knees together. Lift both feet together for greater range of motion. Keep the feet elevated and hips still while opening and closing the top (right) knee. Repeat 16 times total then repeat 16 times total on the other side.

6. Frog Lift

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Laying on your stomach with your forehead resting on your hands, bend both knees to the side and touch your toes together. Lift your knees off the ground by squeezing your glutes with your toes going toward the ceiling. Repeat 16 times total.

Once you're done, repeat the six-move circuit one to three times (sorry!).