Welcome to Form Fridays! Each week we will look at a new position, discuss the proper setup, and key points to remember when utilizing this position during the Karve method of barre (pronounced: bar) fitness.
Start with your hands on the barre a little wider than shoulder distance apart. Walk your feet back so they’re about two to three feet behind your hips and glue your legs together with your feet parallel, bringing you into a push-up position. Next, bring your the tops of your right toes to floor behind you, extending your leg to straight. Squeeze your seat to tuck your hips under; this will dig the tops of your toes into the floor. Then, squeeze the base of your right seat to lift your toes off the floor while maintaining your tuck. This is your starting position.
Things To Keep In Mind
Keep your chest open, your shoulders away from your ears, and your gaze at the mirror or wall in front of you.
Maintain your tuck throughout this entire position by squeezing your seat and pulling your navel toward your spine.
Think about the base of your right seat squeezing against your tuck, creating tiny, one-inch movements with your leg.
Your standing leg should remain slightly bent, and any burning you feel in your standing hip will be completely normal. That means you’re burning more calories!
About Melanie McKinnon
Melanie McKinnon instructs at Karve Studio Gilbert. She’s also a freelance writer and blogger at MelanieMeditates.com and The Huffington Post. She has a passion for connecting with and encouraging others on their own health and wellness journey.