Bernadette Giorgi's Attitude Tu Ballet and Pilates Fusion workout is a fun, challenging fusion class that is the next level in your conditioning! It is a graceful, dancers’ workout that starts with all-standing ballet exercises and ends with Pilates matwork. The first part of the workout features a series of traditional ballet exercises and barre work like pliés, relevés and cursey lunges that incorporate upper-body resistance band routines. Then it’s down on the floor for a mix of two Pilates styles: classic Pilates and Pilates intensified with a weighted ball. Light weights optional.
We often get asked about the single most effective exercise move that you can do. While there isn't just one that can do it all, here are some top contenders. Done together, this delivers an awesome total body tone up. Remember, it's always most effective to change up your exercises to work your muscles in new ways.
Squat to Overhead Press: Works quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, abs, shoulders
A. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, elbows bent, a 5-pound weight in each hand at shoulder height, palms forward. Lower into a squat (don’t let knees go past toes); hold for a moment.
B. Push through heels to stand up, pressing weights overhead. Return to starting position. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
Single Leg Dumbbell Row: Works back, shoulders, biceps, abs, quadriceps, hamstrings, butt
A. Stand holding a 5- to 10-pound weight in left hand. Hinge forward so back is flat and almost parallel to floor; rest right hand on a chair or low shelf for support. Extend left arm toward floor, palm facing in; lift straight left leg behind you, so body forms a T.
B. Slowly bend left elbow and draw weight up until elbow is even with torso; hold for a moment, then lower weight. Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.
Step Up with Bicep Curl: Works quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, abs, biceps
Equipment: Hand-weight, Bench
A. Stand with left foot on a sturdy bench or step, a 5-pound weight in each hand.
B. With weight on left foot, lift to standing on the step, right thigh raised so it’s parallel to floor; at the same time, curl weights up toward shoulders. Return to starting position. Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.
Dolphin Plank: Works back, abs, shoulder
A. Lie facedown with toes tucked. Keeping forearms on floor, pull bellybutton in toward spine, and raise hips to come into low plank position.
B. Inhale while lifting hips further so body forms an inverted V; pause, then slowly return to starting position. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
Curtsy Lunge: Works hips, butt, quads, hamstrings, abs
A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips. Take a giant step diagonally back with left foot and cross it behind your right; bend knees (as if curtsying) as you reach your left hand toward floor on the outside of your right foot.
B. Return to starting position. Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.
Superman: Works the back, butt
A. Lie facedown with arms and legs extended, toes pointed, palms down. Inhale while raising arms and legs as high as you can; pause, then exhale while slowly returning to starting position.
B. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
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