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. This week is Standing Leaning Pretzel with Corey and Paula.
Start a half an arm’s distance away from the bar with your legs glued together, and all ten toes facing twelve o’clock. Then, turn your feet an eighth of a turn to the right. Hinge forward from your hips, leaning your left arm onto the barre, making sure your left elbow is in front of your left shoulder. Put a soft bend in both knees, then grab the outside of your right foot with your right hand, and bring your leg up, opening your hips up to the center of the room. Squeeze your right seat to keep your leg elevated, while you bring your right hand back to your left wrist. This is your starting position.
Things To Keep In Mind
Make sure your chest is open and your shoulders are down throughout the entire movement.
Engage your abdominals tightly to protect your low back and keep it from arching.
Your seat should be squeezed to keep your hips tucked.
Think about squeezing your corner seat to lift your working leg.
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.