While putting together the Sculpt fitness program for Solace New York, I realized cardio was a huge missing element from the traditional barre or Pilates classes. I wanted to create a total body hybrid workout that mixed in body weight training and cardio conditioning as well.
There is a natural rhythm inside of everyone—the heartbeat that drives us and connects us all. I love to translate that rhythm and energy through my classes and music. Before I got into fitness, I trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance.
These exercises place strong emphasis on alignment, fluidity, and breath. Be ready to sweat and feel accomplished.
Start in plank position with arms straight, shoulders lined directly above wrists, and toes on the floor. Keep abs lifted to the back of the body so that the spine is neutral, and the core is engaged.
Drive your knees to the chest alternating right to left as if you’re running.
Do this for 60 seconds.
Start in table-top position on all fours with the shoulders lined over the wrists and the knees under the hips.
Repeat 20 times on each side.
From the table-top position, drop the left forearm to the floor while keeping the right arm boxed out to the side with the elbow bent at a 90-degree angle.
Repeat 30 times on each leg.
Out of your downward-dog position, raise your right leg into the air and open your right hip to lift higher than your left hip.
You can shake the leg gently or do what feels good. Just try to keep your shoulders squared to the floor. Hold for seven deep breaths and repeat on the other leg.