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 Upright Seated Chair Facing the Center of the Room with Charlotte.
Start with your back to the barre, facing the center of the room. Slowly lower your body down until your upper back is against the barre, your hips are in line with your knees, and your knees are above your ankles. If your instructor cues your to use the red band, your legs will be hip distance apart with the band around your lower thighs. Otherwise, your legs will be glued together with your arms resting on the barre. This will be your starting position.
Things To Keep In Mind
Make sure your body creates a perfect chair shape, keeping your shoulders directly over your hips, your hips directly in line with your knees and your knees directly over your ankles.
Keep your abs engaged and your chest open with your shoulders away from your ears.
Try to avoid floating your hips toward the center of the room, which they will naturally want to do.
Maintain the correct position for as long as possible to achieve the best results.
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.