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Barre Exercise to Tone Thighs

For Toned Thighs, All You Need Is a Bar and a Ball

Get excited for the CMA Awards with this barre-inspired thigh-toning move from our friends at Self. Long and lean Karen Fairchild of country group Little Big Town swears by it!

It's hard to take your eyes off long-legged beauty Karen Fairchild, right? As one-fourth of country group Little Big Town, she's already likely crossing her fingers and toes that Little Big Town will nab a Country Music Award on Wednesday night.

The stunner cuts quite the long-legged silhouette — whether onstage singing her heart out or strutting her stuff through a music video. To keep her figure in top-notch shape, Fairchild loves taking barre classes with Amy Weber of Releve One in Franklin, Tenn., a practice which is designed to tone, tighten and lengthen your entire bod.


"I love seeing results . . . [it] inspires me to keep going," says the singer. "It's always good leaving a class [feeling] completely worn out."

To tone her legs and core, she recommends a move that involves just an ordinary playground ball. "I can't think of a girl I know that doesn't want to tighten and tone her thighs, and this move will achieve that!" she says.

And it sure looks like her work's paid off. Summing up Fairchild, teacher Amy Weber exclaims, "She's long and lean from head to toe, but if I had to pick? LEGS LEGS LEGS!!! Um hello, haven't you seen the "Pontoon" video?!" Anyway, grab yourself a small barre ball — you'll be glad you did after you see the results.

The Move: Pulses in Parallel Position with Ball

Works: Inner thighs, quads, abs

Source: Becky Fluke

Stand a long arm's distance away from a countertop or chair for balance. (Or, if you're lucky, the bar you had installed in your basement.) Position feet hips-width apart and point toes forward. Place an eight-inch playground ball between inner thighs. Lift up onto the balls of the feet and raise heels up about six inches from ground. Your weight placement should be in the big and second toes. Bend at knee, untuck pelvis (keep a neutral spine), zip up abdominal wall and lower body down about ten inches, maintaining high lift of heels. Hold until you feel the deep heat in thighs. Press in on ball — keeping tension and pulse inward one inch. Start with a set of 30 pulses and work up to 50. Repeat pulses using slow, tiny, and controlled movements, for one minute. Keep hands with a light grip on the countertop nearby. Repeat set two to three times. Thighs should tremble and shake fairly early in first set if done properly.

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