5 Ballet-Inspired Moves That Can Tone Your Whole Body

fitBallet founder Julie Schechter broke down simple exercises that will work you from head to toe.

Ballet dancers have lean, muscular bodies for a reason — they work hard. Really hard. Just take a look at American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland. But regardless of whether you've been dancing all your life or have always wished you had that poise and grace, you can achieve the same toned physique.

Meet Julie Schechter, the creator of fitBallet, a workout that combines the strength and elongation of ballet with high-energy circuit training. She knows a thing or two about how to maximize a short period of time to see amazing results. With full-body movements featuring everything from pliés to pushups on the lineup, it's easy to leave one of her classes feeling not only strong, but incredibly inspired.

"Much of the current conversation about female fitness focuses on image, not achievement. The industry asks 'Are you bikini ready?' versus "What can you do?'" says Schechter. "In addition, lots of available boutique workouts — from cycling and yoga to barre — all miss crucial elements: flexibility, cardiovascular work, or weight training. fitBallet is an all-in-one method: a high-intensity circuit workout incorporating weights, cardio drills, and elongation exercises. It's practiced in an environment that emphasizes empowerment and community, rather than physical beauty... although, to tell the truth, that's often the natural byproduct!"

We told you about the whole inspired part. Because classes are only offered in New York City and Santa Monica at the moment, Julie taught us a handful of moves that will work every part of your body right in the comfort of your own living room. And if you're not on either coast and fall in love with the workout, don't worry — she offers a $10 eBook featuring beginner to advanced workouts, as well as online personal training.

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1 Jumping Planks

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Start in a plank position. Hop both feet up and over to your right hand, then jump back to a plank. Then jump your feet up to your left hand, and back to the plank position. That's two reps.

2 Port de Bras

Holding light weights, start with your arms rounded in front of you; imagine you have your hands wrapped around a giant beach ball. (This is the first position.) Separate your arms and bring them out to your sides, making sure to keep your elbows lifted (second position). Now lift your arms overhead, so that they form a rounded oval (fifth position). Return to second position, and then to first. Each rep is first-second-fifth-second.

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3 Hip Raises

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Lie on your back with your feet in first position (heels together, toes out) and planted on the floor. Lift your hips up as high as possible, and pulse upward from that point.

4 Starfish

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Lie face-down on the floor with your legs together and your arms extended overhead. Engage your core and lift both your arms and legs off the floor. Sweep your arms and legs toward each other and then back to the starting position. Be sure to keep your limbs elevated throughout the whole series of reps.

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5 Swan Arms

Stand in first position (heels together, toes out) holding a set of light weights. Lift the weights overhead and then return them to their starting position, leading with your elbows on the way up and the way down. Be careful not to let your shoulders creep up to your ears.

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