// Athletic V
A foot stance. The heels are glued together, toes are apart. Turnout happens from the hips. Toes typically are at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on the floor.
Closing the angle of a joint. For example, bending your elbows in bicep curls during weight sections.
// Down-an-Inch, Up-an-Inch
A specific instruction to encourage you to move your body down one inch only, and back up one inch – and not any further – while you’re pulsing.
Opening the angle of a joint. For example, straightening your leg or arm from a bent position.
Closing the angle of a joint. For example, flexing your foot is bringing your toes closer to your nose.
// Heavy Tailbone
Heard often during class, a heavy tailbone refers to protecting your lower back & spine by engaging your abdominal muscles and straightening out your spine. This creates alignment from your head to your tailbone.
Muscle contraction against resistance that doesn’t a change in muscle length or involve movement. Think pulling your abs up and in during plank. Also called a “hold”.
Feet are placed so that the toes are facing directly forward. Typically the feet are either glued together or hips width apart.
A small movement (just and inch) done to the beat of the music. A very small range of motion.
Often done in thighs or glute work, pressing your knees in a backwards motion by engaging your thighs and glute muscles.
Also called “tippy toes” – when you lift your heels up off of the ground or mat, balancing on the balls of your feet.
The top of your upper thigh and bottom of glute muscles, where you sit!
Referring to the tailbone & pelvis, a tuck is also known as a posterior pelvic tilt. To tuck, the tailbone is dropped down and abdominal muscles are pulled up and in towards your spine.
// Wide Second
A foot stance. Feet are taken wider than hips-width, turned out into a V shape. The heels of your feet can either stay flat or lift to tippy toes. Knees are stacked over the ankles.
I hope that by having a better understanding of the terminology I use during barre classes, you are able to feel more comfortable and confident at the barre!