Women's Health & Fitness / January 2006

Women’s Health & Fitness

It’s Not the Bar You’re Thinking

You want the body of a dancer. Long, lean and toned – who wouldn’t want the body of a dancer? Raise the Barre, a new book by Richard Giorla introduces a low-impact routine that will lengthen, strengthen and tone your muscles – no dance experience required. Don’t worry – you don’t need a barre or go to the gym for this one.

By using a stable surface like a counter, sofa or chair you can easily do this 8-week workout at home. Increasing in intensity each week, the workout includes a warm-up nd a series of exercises and poses to tone your entire body from head to toe. You’ll also read about real women who have used this workout to get in shape, kick nasty habits and ease pains like arthritis as well as nutrition and fitness tips that you can use everyday. The final chapter, Cardio Living, gives detailed instructions to show you the exercises you can do while watching t.v., brushing your teeth and checking your email. Celeb cravers: Amy Smartt & Tiffani Thiessen.