Get Stronger with This Barre Workout Modifications

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Exercise is frequently portrayed in the fitness industry as a one-size-fits-all proposition, with adaptations suggested only as an afterthought, if at all. This makes it difficult to get rid of the notion that scaling a movement equals weakness and that you’re not getting the same benefits… which is completely false.

Kelsey Lindell, a personal trainer and disability advocate, demonstrations a lower body barre workout with adaptations in this episode of Trainer of the Month Club. “If you haven’t noticed, half of my left arm is missing. As a result, adjustments are quite important to me “Lindell explains. “Take whatever changes you need to make. I’ll give them to you as we move along… If you need to make an adjustment, keep in mind that it doesn’t mean you can’t complete the workout or that you’re not strong enough. It signifies you’re paying attention to your body, which is how we become the most powerful.”

Grab a chair or something that you can put your weight on that is around hip-bellybutton height before you begin. Lindell then prepares you for the workout by leading you through a standing warm-up that begins with your feet in a “Y” stance (AKA second position in ballet and barre). “If you’re not sure what it implies,” she continues, “we’ll start with a turnout.” “If you’re unsure of your turnout, start with parallel legs and a loosey goosey attitude…then squeeze your butt. Your feet will automatically turn out in the direction you want them to.” Because everyone’s natural turnout is different, don’t force your feet to turn out wide if it’s not natural for you— “What exactly are we doing? We’re paying attention to our bodies “Lindell is reminded.

After the warm-up, it’s time to start on your lower body. Expect a lot of modest, deliberate motions (and, you know, that signature barre muscle quaking). Lindell jokes, “You’re not going to like me after this.” Are you ready to get started? Follow the steps in the video.

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