Intro to Aerobarre: 7 Moves to Help You Slim Down

Why Aerobarre Packs a Punch! It's an ab-fab toner. The boxing drills blast calories; the ballet moves work muscles you never knew you had. "You'll slim down and sculpt sexy curves," says Leila Fazel, co-owner of New York City's Aerospace fitness center, who created this routine exclusively for SELF. It banishes boredom. Boxing is appearing in new fusion workouts, like the pilates and yoga hybrids Piloxing and Koga, because it's effective and fun. Try it yourself for powerhouse abs and total-body confidence. 
You'll need A 9- to 12-pound body bar for the ballet moves and 1- to 2-pound dumbbells for the boxing sequences What to do Two sets of the indicated reps per move, followed by two-minute rounds of jabs and uppercuts, three times a week on nonconsecutive days  

Workout 1:

Perky-Butt Plie Works butt, thighs, calves Stand with legs together, toes turned out (first position). Hold bar vertically at arm's length in front of you, one end on floor, to start. Squat as low as you can, lifting heels off floor (as shown). Return to start. Do 16 reps. Repeat.  

Workout 2:

Attitude Adjustment Works abs, butt, thighs Stand in first position. Hold bar vertically at arm's length in front of you, one end on floor, to start. With abs engaged, bend left knee, point toes, and swing leg in front, to side and then behind you (as shown). Return to start. Do 8 reps with each leg. Repeat.  

Workout 3:

Raise the Barre Works shoulders, arms, abs, butt, thighs, calves Stand in first position; hold bar horizontally with both hands at chest. Engage abs and bend at knees (as shown); rise onto balls of feet as you straighten legs and raise bar overhead. Return to start. Do 16 reps. Repeat.  

Workout 4:

Look-at-Me Leap Works arms, abs, butt, thighs, calves Start in a wide squat with toes turned out (second position plie); hold a weight in each hand, elbows bent, at chest (as shown, A). With hands at chest throughout, jump, crossing right leg in front of left (as shown, B), and land in a plie squat. Jump again, crossing left leg in front of right, for one rep. Do 16 reps. Repeat.  

Workout 5:

White Swan Works shoulders, arms, butt, thighs Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand. Curtsy, stepping right foot back and to left, as you raise arms overhead, wrists limp (as shown). Return to start. Do 16 reps. Switch sides; repeat.  

Workout 6:

Diamond Downsizer Works butt, hips, thighs Lie on right side, legs stacked, knees bent, with right forearm supporting upper body, left hand in front of body. Raise legs about 3 inches off floor. Keeping legs lifted and instep of feet touching, open left knee so legs form a diamond shape (as shown). Open and close legs. Do two sets of 16 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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