LHC Fitness: The Barre Code

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Ariana Chernin knew she wanted to build a brand that focused on more than crafting the perfectly toned body. With that in mind, The Barre Code was born.

“The barre code is a female-focused fitness program,” she says. “It’s all about encouraging women to pursue their highest potential. It’s all about training your mind to push past boundaries.”

The glamorous studio looks more like a high-end boutique than a fitness studio but inside, sweat and hard work reign supreme.

“We hit intervals, isometric movements, we have larger, more functional movements with heavy weights,” Chernin says. Barre Code instructor Lina Belkiin showed us some of the basics before we hopped in their signature class.

Lateral Row:

What you’ll need: resistance bands

What it works: Posture muscles in the back to relieve back pain and help women stand taller and radiant confidence

  1. Turn palms to face the floor, bending knees and squeezing muscles together
  2. Pull abs in and as you exhale, pull elbows straight to the side.
  3. Squeeze shoulder blades and slowly extend arms back out.

Leg Lifts: 

What you’ll need: Ankle weights (optional)

What it works: Obliques and inner thighs

  1. Lay on your right side, propping yourself up with your right forearm. Stack your hips and extend legs long.
  2. Pull left knee up and toward left shoulder. Lift bottom leg up to hover.
  3. Criss cross left leg in front and then open it back out the side. Exhale as you squeeze the inner thighs together and then open.
  4. Repeat on other side.

Alligator Legs:

What you’ll need: Ankle weights (optional)

What it works: Obliques and inner thighs

  1. Lay on your right side, propping yourself up with your right forearm. Stack your hips and extend legs long.
  2. Pull left knee up and toward left shoulder. Lift bottom leg up to hover.
  3. Open left leg and bring bottom leg slightly forward. Extend left arm straight above head.
  4. As you exhale, bring left arm and bottom leg toward each other. Repeat on both sides.

We stopped by their studio at 324 N. Michigan Ave. but check out all of their locations here.

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