The force is strong with us.
No really, just check out shaking legs during class: we are causing some serious muscle change in our muscles. And while we hide it [not] so covertly with our RBF– resting barre face– we remember our mantra from our main man, Yoda: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
Okay, we know we’ve lost a good majority of you guys with the Star Wars references here, but believe it or not, there are many connections between barre and what happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and no it does not involve lightsabers (dang it). Look at what Yoda said– while we do believe in trying (sorry Yods), sometimes you just need to do the dang thing and jump in head first. Sometimes our fitness journey feels like the hero’s journey that Luke embarks on at the beginning of A New Hope. And, as said, we definitely feel the force when our legs begin to shake like no other.
So, in honor of May the Fourth Be With You, we’ve come up with some forceful FOURTH position (get it?) workouts. Pew Pew.
Fourth Position Calf Raises (Releve)
Work those calves babe, stand facing the barre (or chair or kitchen counter) and stagger right foot in front of left, turning out your toes to 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. Rise up onto your toes and lower down for 32 reps. Switch to left foot in front and repeat for 32 more reps. talk about 🔥🔥!
Fourth Position Plie on Releve
Siill in your fourth position staggered stance, rise up onto your toes (we call this releve in fancy barre terms), and bend those knees down and up. Make sure your toes and knees are in alignment and that you keep your chest lifted with shoulders over hips. Plie for 16 reps and then repeat on the other side.
Fourth Position Plie Side Kick
With one hand at the barre (or kitchen counter), stagger your outside foot in front of inside foot and make sure to turn out those feet to 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. Come up onto your toes and alternate plies front, lift leg out to side and pile in back for 16 reps. Then turn to the other direction and repeat 16 reps on the other side.
Slider Curtsey Lunges
Grab a slider or dishtowel and stand with your right hand at the barre or counter and place the slider or towel under your left foot. Turn toes out to 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. Slide left foot out to the side and then slide behind you to fourth position and plie as if you're taking a curtsy. Slide out and back 16 times and then repeat on the other side. Make sure knees track with your toes.
When finished with this FORCE full barre workout, celebrate by making your best Wookie sounds.
All Above Photos by Brasspenny Photography