The at-home work-out to keep you in shape this Easter

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They’re easy to do from home and will tone you like nothing else.

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Keep moving this Easter with three easy cardio inspired Xtend Barre exercises that can be done in your home or on your holiday. Add some music and let the fun begin.

Advanced hug and carriage

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  1. Start from a natural first position, soften/bend your knees and hug arms to first position.
  2. Step your right foot out to the side, and open your arms and legs to second position.
  3. Close your arms and legs back to first position by bringing your left foot to right.
  4. Step your right foot out again, repeating the open to second with arms and legs.
  5. Tendu (point) your left foot to the side stretching both your legs and lift arms to high fifth position.

Repeat in the opposite direction. Do a total of eight repetitions.

To advance, replace the tendu with a battement kick (brush and lift the leg to your side).

This exercise is great for cardio and toning of the lower body. If you add some small hand weights it will really take it to the next level!

Parallel jumps in fourth position

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  1. Starting in first position, step one leg behind you. The heel of the back leg should be raised and front heel down.
  2. Do three pulses downward with both knees bent.
  3. Jump and switch, so your back leg is now in front.
  4. Repeat three pulses down and jump switch again.

Do eight repetitions with three pulses for each, and then try 16 reps of just jump switches.

To advance this exercise try it on a relevé (both heels raised), holding onto the kitchen counter top for support if needed.

This is a great exercise that will sculpt the lower body and add a cardio burst. Be sure to keep your weight evenly balanced over both feet and keep your core engaged.

Cardio plank

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  1. Starting in a high plank position with legs wide, lift your right arm to the ceiling rotating through the upper body. Return back to plank.
  2. Jump the legs in toward the chest and back out to wide position plank.
  3. Repeat, this time reaching your left arm reaching to the ceiling followed by the jump in and out with your legs.

Do eight repetitions on each side.

To modify this exercise simply omit the jump.

This is a great way to add cardio to your plank. This exercise really works your whole body with a strong focus on your core and upper body.

Jacquie is the Owner of Xtend Barre Hawthorn.

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