Ballet Arms Workout #1

Happy Weekend All!

I hope everyone is all adjusted being back into the normal routine after the Holidays.  It was so nice to only work 3 days this week, making it a more gradual return into real life.

So, my 30th (eeek) birthday is coming up this week and I thought it was pretty fantastic that this Friends episode was on tv last week. I thought it was pretty appropriate timing. (It’s the one where Rachel turns 30). LOL.

The hubby surprised me with my early birthday present this Saturday…….


A Beach Cruiser!!

I’ve been wanting one for awhile, well once we moved down here, but have just been lazy picking one out. But now I don’t have to! 🙂

Hubby gave it to me early so we could ride down to the beach Saturday afternoon since the weather was pretty nice and we didn’t have any plans. So fun. Looking forward to many more trips down to the beach, esp. this summer. No more dealing with parking!! Score.


Today is my first routine in my custom designed Ballet Body At-Home Workout Series. Excited to share workout #1 with you! The series is going to include ballet arms, ballet butt, ballet legs, and ballet abs sculpting a toned dancers body.

Back in college I started strength training, and quickly got bored with the typical “weight training” routines lifting heavy weights and using machines. I’m so happy I discovered barre and dancer-like workouts a few years ago. From taking these classes, I have adapted my own version of a “Ballet Workout” incorporating body weight, sculpting and toning exercises to get the best results. I suggest using 3-5# wt’s.


Inchworms: Begin standing, walk hands down to ground and keeping legs straight walk out until you are in push-up position, then walk back to feet, stand up straight. That’s 1 rep.

Wide Bicep Curls: Elbows at sides, open forearms up to wider than shoulder width. Bent arms up and out all the way straight.

Lateral Arm Raises: Arms straight at sides, thumbs up. Keeping arms straight raise arms up slightly above shoulder height without shrugging up shoulders, lower arms down about 6 inches from your sides and then repeat up.

Burpees: To make these more challenging, add a push-up at the bottom portion.

Pulsing Dips: Just like regular dips, but pulse up and down making about a 4 inch movement  It’ll burn a little more this way. Always keep elbows at sides and pointing straight back.

Arm Circles: Arms held straight out at sides, begin with thumbs up and perform tiny circles clockwise, then counterclockwise. Try to make the movement TINY and reaching arms away from your body.

Hinging Shoulder Extensions: Bend slightly forward at your hips (like you are going to perform a bent-over row). Begin with arms straight at sides and palms facing into your body. Keep arms straight as you extend then behind you and add a squeeze of your arms into your body as you perform this exercise. Pause at highest point behind you and slowly lower arms down. 

Alternating Front Raises: Arms straight again, thumbs pointing up. Raise one arm up slightly past shoulder height, lower down, and alternate with opposite arm so that arms cross at chest level. 

Diamond Push-Ups: Place hands together so that thumb and pointer fingers are touching, creating a diamond shape in between hands. Try to do as many p-ups as you can on your toes. 

Bicycle Arms: Raise arms up to shoulder height with palms facing each other bend elbows. (Just like arm circles), rotate arms forward and back trying to keep the movement super small as well. Alternate arms so one is rotating forward and one is rotating backwards. 

Sorry for no picture examples… photographer (the husband) is not super available during Football Season, but soon enough he’ll be free on Sundays to resume his photographer role 🙂 Always, leave comments below if you need clarification with anything!


Also  if you have a goal of losing weight this year…please do it with me and sign up with my Diet Bet.  All you do is pay $15 and if you lose 4 % of your weight in 4 weeks, you win some money! We all know money can be a good motivator 🙂 So give it a try and tell your friends…..the more people that join, the bigger the payout for all of you!

Until next time!



3 thoughts on “Ballet Arms Workout #1

  1. Pingback: 7 of the best workouts for tank top arms | Happy Healthy Mama

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