Exercise of the Week: Plie`

A Plié/ Plie`Squat is an exercise that strengthens the legs, glutes and calves and increases the range of motion in your hips. Plié’s originated from the ballet position Plié, which keeps the back straight while also bending the knees. This lower body move targets the thighs (toning the inner thighs,) hamstrings, and the glutes (the strongest and most powerful muscles in your butt.)

How To Do Plié Squats

  1. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes turned out into a 45 degree angle.
  2. Bend knees and lower your torso, keeping your back straight and abs tight.
  3. Squeeze your glutes and come to standing position.

What Muscles Do Plié Squats Work?

Plié squats work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and your inner thighs. While traditional squats also work the glutes, quads and hamstrings, plié squats  also give more focus to the inner thighs or adductor muscles—a nice bonus! This makes plié squats especially great for people looking to tighten and tone the inner thigh area. In combination with cardio and a healthy diet, plié squats can help you create lean and toned thighs.

Benefits of Plié Squats

There are tons of reasons to start adding plié squats into your workouts today. Here are just a few benefits of plié squats.

They Work Your Inner Thighs

Because of the different placement of your feet in a plié squat versus a regular squat, you are utilizing different muscles and opening your hips. When you move your legs into that plié stance, you really tone your adductor muscles or inner thighs. After doing a few sets of plié squats, you’ll definitely start to feel it in your inner thighs.

Strengthen Your Glutes

By changing up the stance of your squat into plié squat, you also work your glute muscles more effectively. Your gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in your body, and glute strength is essential not only for daily functions but also to make you a better runner and improve your athletic performance in virtually any type of workout you do. Doing plié squats can help you strengthen and tone your glute muscles, helping you create a firmer, more lifted butt.

Improve Balance and Stability

Because plié squats take their name and stance from ballet, it’s no surprise that they can help improve your balance. To do a plié squat you are putting your body into a whole new stance that you’re probably not used to, with your feet turned out at a 45 degree angle, and this does require a bit of balance. You’ll increase your stability throughout your core and lower body as you do more plié squats, too.

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