31 Days of Fitness: The Side Reach

Welcome to 31 Days of Fitness, where we bring you a targeted exercise move every day for the entire month, so you can build up your very own personal workout routine to your best body ever.  Each move in this series was designed by former professional dancer and fitness guru Andrea Rogers, whose Xtend Barre studios have grown to 170 locations worldwide.  

Her body lengthening and butt toning exercises can be done with no equipment, in the comfort of your own home! We’ve also enlisted model Julie Henderson (who has seven consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues under her belt, btw) to star in our easy to follow fitness gifs, making this the easiest workout plan you’ve ever had.  Check out below for today’s move! 

Today’s move is The Side Reach:


Start by opening your legs to a wide second position, with your toes naturally turned out. Bend both knees so you reach a slight plié (sort of like a mini squat).  Hold your right arm to the side of your body at about a 90° bend. You can leave your left arm down or on your hip for stability.

Reach your right arm up and over the head while also lengthening your legs and extending the right leg until you’re up on your toe. Then, bring your right elbow back down to the right hip as you return to your original plié, while cinching the waistband. Repeat for 16 reps on each side.