How to do a Plié V-Raise

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrates a Plie V-Raise

This exercise may sound complicated, but it’s really just a glorified squat. Learning how to do the Plié V-Raise is a great way to tone your inner thighs, which is a part of the leg that is harder to work in the standard squat. Think of those beautiful ballet dancer legs! The plié is a great way to tone your legs and glutes with low impact. In addition, the added resistance with the dumbbells works the outer shoulders and the core must be engaged for stabilization, so this is truly a total body workout.

Although this is technically a strength exercise, it works the whole body, so it will also get your heart rate up for a little bit of cardio exercise as well. That’s why total body exercises are so great. Anytime you’re multi-tasking muscles in a workout you will be getting a little bit of cardio, so total body exercises give you most bang for your buck. They’re also functional because you can apply them to your everyday life. Strengthening your whole body will improve your posture and help you prevent injury.

Before you get started, here are some tips to perfect your Plié V-Raise: Keep your arms elongated with your elbows slightly soft when you lift them. Keep her chin up, eyes forward, shoulders back and abs tight.

Looking for other versions of the squat to keep your exercises interesting? Try the Releve Plié and the Alternating Side Lunge with Front Raise!

1) Stand with dumbbells in hands and feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart, toes turned out, and bend the knees lowering down into a deep plié.

2) Squeeze glutes and straighten legs to come to standing. Tighten the abdomianls and lift your arms up and out forming a v-shape. Lower arms to return back to the starting.

Targets: glutes, back



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