TEXT BY ALAINA AFRICANO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI STONE
Let’s put spring trends aside and agree that being in shape is always in fashion. A pair of killer arms and legs are the perfect accoutrements to any look. We stopped by The Dailey Method to chat with instructor Beth Fox on moves to get trimmed and toned this season—and after the winter of all winters, it’s clear that we need to get ourselves out of hibernation mode and back to looking and feeling good.
The Dailey Method specializes in combining elements from ballet barre, yoga, core conditioning and more to bring you an energizing class for any fitness level. We put together a series of three moves—each in an adorable GIF—so you can try these out at home for a little on-your-own Spring conditioning. Each exercise is designed to be sandwiched between cardio to keep your heart rate up and burn fat. Want something more? The Dailey Method offers a cardio barre class called Intervals to build strength and tone muscles with interval training. Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel great, too. And strong confidence goes with just about every outfit you’ll sport this Spring. ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! #GIFFIT!
MOVE ONE: TURNOUT SQUART WITH BICEP + TRICEP FOCUS
Start in a squat stance with the toes slightly turned out, arms reaching long towards your hips. Palms can face one another or forward, so inner elbows spiral forward. As you squat, curl arms to your shoulders keeping your elbows where they are, then stand and reach arms long. With control, extend right leg in front of you and bring down into squat stance.
Repeat 20 times alternating leg lifts on both sides.
MOVE TWO: WIDE TURNOUT WITH MEDIAL DELTOID FOCUS
Start with your feet wide and toes turned out. Bend your knees so your hips will be open. With weights, reach arms straight and forward with palms facing the floor. Pull elbows back and lower hips down an inch. Straighten legs, pulling up through inner thighs and reach arms back to forward. Beth shows you the front and side view so you can make sure your form is spot-on.
Repeat 20 times.
MOVE THREE: SINGLE LEG LIFT WITH BICEP CURLS
Standing on your right foot, lift your left leg as high as you can lift it. Both legs should be straight and foot flexed to get all four layers of the quadricep engaged and the standing leg gluteal muscle engaged. Bring your elbows to the sides of your body and curl your hands to your shoulders, working your biceps. Lift your leg as you curl your biceps. Repeat this on the other side.
Do 20 lifts on each leg.
Want more? Visit The Dailey Method, 1714 N. Damen Avenue, 773.904.8913. TheDaileyMethod.com