This move, with the genteel name of the curtsy side lift, is no lightweight. It works the major muscle groups of the lower body with a blend of dance and fitness. It comes from Pasadena-based Tracey Mallett, the founder of Booty Barre, a technique that combines elements of dance, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and stretch the body. Ballet-inspired barre workouts became popular because the exercises increase flexibility and tone the muscles without adding bulk.
What it does
The curtsy side lift hones in on the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps, but it also helps improve balance when the core muscles, those surrounding the trunk, are engaged.
How to do it
Do 10 repetitions on each leg, gradually increasing to 15 reps.