Steal Madonna's Moves
Madonna's newest obsession is Barre3 (barre3.com), an hourlong workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga. Try these moves, designed by Barre3 creator Sadie Lincoln, and you’ll get totally toned too. Do two sets of 12 to 15 reps two or three times a week.
Works arms, inner thighs, and abs
Kneel on floor with a Pilates ball squeezed between thighs and hold a two-kilo dumbbell in each hand. Bend elbows 90 degrees, palms facing up, and raise arms to shoulder height behind you. Draw weights toward ribs as you lean forwardnand sit back slightly [shown]. Hold for one count. Rise up to starting position; repeat.
Works abs and shoulders
Hold a two-kilo dumbbell in each hand and sit with knees bent and feet on floor; place a Pilates ball behind lower back. Raise arms to shoulder height in front of you, palms facing down, and lean back against ball until you feel abs engage. Rotate shoulders to the right as you draw right hand toward shoulder [shown]. Return to centre and repeat on the left side.
Warrior III Lift
Works legs, butt, and core
Stand two feet away from and facing a bar (or counter) with feet hip-width apart. Place a Pilates ball behind right knee and bend knee to hold it in place. Bend forward from hips and grasp the bar, keeping back flat. Point right toes and lift leg behind you until knee is at hip level [shown]. Lower right leg a few inches and repeat; then switch legs.