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Channel Your Inner Misty Copeland

Turns out, we can all be Misty Copeland.

If we’re willing to pretend our living room is the American Ballet. I teamed up with Beverly Hills’ Pure Barre studio and The Chalkboard Mag for how to bring ballet-like moves into our everyday workout. 

Pure Barre combines stretches and small movements to build muscle. Since trying it for the first time, I’ve learned how to incorporate some of the moves into my typical fitness routine.

Below, I work with instructor Kelsey Patel at her Pure Barre studio to learn six signature moves…

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FOREARM PLANK | Shoulders should be over your elbows, while your body forms a straight line from the tip of your head to your spine. Draw your abs in (and squeeze your bum)! This position strengthens your core and improves overall body strength.

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SEAT-WORK POSITION | Position your arms straight off the barre [or a railing at home], while lifting one leg and keeping the other knee softly bent. Squeeze your bum while making small and swift lifts with your raised leg. This position strengthens your core and upper back, while giving your seat a boost!

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THIGH-WORK POSITION | Grab a hold of the barre and take a ‘seat.’ Your body should form a 90-degree angle, with your knees over your ankles. Go between planting your feet in the floor and rising on your tippy-toes [as photographed]. You’ll feel the burn, working both your top and inner thighs.

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PURE ABS | Plant your feet firmly into the floor, while rounding out your lower back and keeping your abs pulled in. Press your feet down as you contract your core, while holding a Pure Barre ball.

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STRETCH | Stretching is important for us both physically and mentally. Breathe into your various stretches, while taking slow breaths. A solid stretch relieves stress, eases tight muscles and improves circulation. Stretch daily, regardless of your workout!

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P.S. I tried this move — which is essentially a standing split. UM, it’s a lot harder than it looks. Technically, your body should be flat against the wall, but regardless of your flexibility skills, it relieves a lot of tension. My only suggestion? Don’t overdo it, or you risk tearing a muscle!

Photos by Annie Shak