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The passé is a fundamental ballet movement that’s easy to learn. In this lesson, Kira, your ballet instructor, breaks down the movement with a slow demonstration, then encourages you to join her in practicing passes. Learn how to do this beautiful position that’s used in many common ballet steps--such as pirouettes and développés--in less than three minutes!


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Settle into the Pilates repertoire that you now have! Don’t worry if you’re new to Pilates because Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts always provides a recap of previous workouts. In this fifth Pilates lesson of a series, you’ll do some difficult leg work such as scissor kicks without using your arms, among other exercises. Work your abs and many different leg muscles. All the while, you’ll enjoy Kira’s favorite classical music and an outdoor setting.


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Lesson eight - the last in Kira’s Pilates series - incorporates Pilates principles such as ab work, leg exercises and lengthening stretches. This balanced workout will make you feel strong and supple and ready for that bikini you’ve been eyeing! If this is your first experience with Pilates, then congratulations on finishing this lengthy series!


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Amateur or experienced, look the part of a regal ballet dancer by practicing a few steps. In this ballet lesson, Kira shows you how to do the pointe technique. It involves only a few movements that you’ll learn and practice in only two minutes! Learn the pointe step turnout and master movement quality with strong legs and a tall posture.


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Snowboarding may be an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise, but its important to maintain proper form to remain in control. In this lesson, Mike from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrates how to keep your upper body stable through short radius open turns, which build speed rapidly. Learn how to keep your upper body stable, while using your legs to alternately push and pull you through turns. Don’t let the mountain control you, control the mountain!


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This high intensity workout lesson takes pilates to a new level. Kira Elste combines classic pilates exercises with light weights and lengthening stretches. Earn a fit body and feel good, too, with Kira’s pilates routine. This particular routine reaches a high intensity for maximum efficiency! Warm up your core and progress through new exercises such as star lifts and side scissors. Tone your arms with free weights and leave the session feeling amazing.


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This fun sixth Pilates session in a series includes lengthening and toning for your legs, plenty of effective ab exercises, a chance to focus in on multiple muscles at once, and a combination of workouts that is sure to invigorate your body. You’ll also do some stretching as you listen to Kira’s favorite classical music in an outdoor setting. For all fitness levels - different levels gain different benefits as they step up their fitness!


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Ballet barre is an fun and easy way to tone your entire body. You’ll love this introductory ballet barre workout; it is a unique art and method of fitness! Your classical ballet instructor, Kira, trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, the University of Washington. In this half-hour workout, you’ll ease into a simple progression that covers the first eight positions and a few common ballet moves. You don’t even need a ballet barre - you can use your couch!


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Strengthen and tone all your muscles while burning calories with interval training and a Pilates finish! This workout session by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts uses free weights, but can be accomplished without weights, too. This routine will be an excellent cardio addition to your Pilates or toning regimen. It's always important to mix it up for your muscles! The Jump-2-Fit Cardio Tone & Pilates Finish targets biceps, deltoids, quadriceps, inner thighs, abs and more. Work your whole body!


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This awesome Pilates routine works your inner thighs, outer thighs, glutes, and all of those swimsuit muscles that you want ready by summertime. You should be an expert by this seventh lesson of Kira’s Pilates series, so follow along smoothly with Kira as you do the exercises together. Keep your abs tight during this a balanced, everyday workout, and enjoy the tranquil classical music and outdoor setting.


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This fun and fast-paced Pilates session will strengthen and tone your muscles without taking up hours of your time. Work on arms, abs, and legs! Kira Elste, your energetic and enthusiastic Pilates instructor, runs through a twelve-minute workout routine that’ll tone your entire body. If you’re looking for a quick session that covers muscles throughout the body, start or end your day with this pick-me-up workout!


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Tone your legs, bum, tummy, and arms in this well-rounded Pilates session! In just ten minutes, Kira covers obliques, abs, quads, triceps, and more. Working out with Kira is always a fun time! Feel the energy as you bust through this fast-paced fitness routine for fast results. You’ll just need a pair of free weights and the weight of your body to get fit.


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Do you want to be a Barre B? This ballet inspired workout routine tones your stomach, arms, and legs, but is low impact enough for everyday! Kira Elste’s Barre B workouts have been sweeping the nation, and you can do them from your own home. This half-hour long lesson that requires a chair and light weights will make you feel graceful and beautiful!


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Lesson 4 of the series by Kira presents a great Pilates session with plenty of leg, arm, ab and oblique exercises, as well as stretches. The routine includes fun exercises such as the saw, high plank with toe heel rocks, and more. Enjoy this Pilates workout routine in an outdoor setting as soothing classical music plays.


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Feel the calorie burn in this hardcore toning workout session by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts. Work your core, legs and arms ‘til you drop! This high-intensity, all-around hard-core workout is part 1 of a 2-part series. Get a “hard core” with this core strengthening routine that involves jumping and punching, leg and ab work on the mat, planks and waist work, and finally, weight work for toned arms.


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Not all bicycle seats are created equally! Neither will all bicycle seats fit you comfortably, or affect your performance the same way. Once you know what saddle width you need, determine what style fits you best; consider your physique and your riding position. This lesson from Art’s Cyclery highlights three different saddles: the Arione for the average rider, the WTB Devo for riders with a climber’s build (toned thighs and a thin physique), and the San Marco Concor for more muscular riders.


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The clothes may not maketh the man, but it's the cycle jersey that maketh the cycling champion! Art's Cyclery walks you through the three aspects to consider when selecting a cycling jersey: fabric, construction, and additional features. Learn about the importance of moisture wicking, the differences between a race cut and semi-fitted jersey, and get a list of some key additional features a more expensive jersey will include.


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Try out this intermediate workout session that incorporates hand-picked favorites of Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts. These ab exercises focus on upper, lower, and oblique abs and the routine is timed to fit into your busy day - only 12 minutes long! This lesson even highlights non-sit-up exercises that work your abs! You’ll be sure to add this core strengthening exercise into your everyday workout routine. Combine it with an aerobic, calorie burning exercise for a complete day!


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Try out Kira's abs routine and share a photo or video of you doing your favorite exercise!

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364 days till next year’s skiing season—you gotta toughen up! This workout from Kira Elste, Pilates and ballet instructor, combines medium-intensity core, balance, and leg exercises to get you ready for the slopes. Do this 18-minute workout once a week in the weeks leading up to ski season; you’ll be more prepared and may even prevent injury.


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