A plié I had heard of before. A tendu, never.
While training with Mary Helen Bowers, professional ballerina and founder of Ballet Beautiful, one of my biggest challenges was learning the terms. Often as graceful sounding as the moves themselves, elegant words like arabesque and rond de jambe (meaning, circle) have become part of my daily vocabulary.
The plié is one of ballet's classic positions, and with it comes supreme strengthening and tightening of the thighs. Tendu translates to "stretch" in French. In ballet, it means to lengthen your leg by stretching it as long and straight as humanly possible. In the following exercise, Bowers combines plié with tendu for a movement that's reminiscent of a classic lunge, but leads to longer, leaner, thigh muscles.
MOVE: The Plié Tendu
WHAT IT DOES: Tones your legs while building strength through your center and creating better posture. It's like a graceful ballet version of the lunge—but it does not build bulky thighs!
HOW TO DO IT: (watch the moving image to see Mary Helen Bowers performing a plié tendu.)
Plié Tendu Back
Plié Tendu Front
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