Ballerinas have the world's greatest legs—long, lean and miles long. Well here's a little secret: their legs may not really be that long.
Years of diligent training, sometimes topping 12 hourse per day, elongatate each leg muscle, lifting the butt and improving posture in such a way that ballerinas often look longer and taller than they really are.
Now, the legs of ballerina Mary Helen Bowers (above), whom I've been working out with with for the past six weeks, really are that long—she's tall. Mine, however, are not. But after devoting myself to this program four times per week, they look much longer than they used too. Bowers created her company, Ballet Beautiful, to help give non-ballerinas the bodies of the real thing. This week's move, the Lunge Lift, is key to getting their legs.
MOVE: The Ballet Lunge Lift
WHAT IT DOES: Strengthens and tones the front and back of your upper legs, leading to longer, leaner thighs and better balance. It also works your core and your arms, but the focus is on your legs.
HOW TO DO IT: (watch the moving image to see Mary Helen Bowers performing this move.)
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