Do Ballet Plies Help Me Lose Fat on My Thighs?

If you want to lose fat on your thighs or any other area of your body, you need to eat a healthy, low-fat diet and incorporate aerobic activity into your weight loss plan. Spot training doesn't work; however, performing ballet plies can help tighten and tone your quads, glutes, inside thighs and calves. The ballet pliƩ is similar to an open-legged squat. It requires leg, lower back and ab strength as well as hip flexibility. There are two types of plies: the half- or demi-plie, and the deeper, wide-legged grande full pliƩ. Both versions sculpt the buttocks and thighs to create a lean, muscular profile. You can perform freestanding plies or hold on to a chair or wall if you have issues with balance. Consult your physician before starting an exercise program and warm up your body before beginning plies.

Half Plie

Step 1
Stand with your heels together and your feet turned outward as far as possible. Turn your legs out from the hips so that the top of your thighs face outward.

Step 2
Pull your belly button inward to tilt your pelvis, lift your chest and pull your shoulders back. Bring your hands together at pelvis level with the backs of your fingers touching.

Step 3
Lift your hands to chest level with your fingers touching and your arms slightly bent. Keep your spine stable and lower as far as possible into a squat with your heels planted. Rest one hand on the back of a chair for balance, if needed.

Step 4
Open your arms out into a “T.” Rise back up to the start position and bring your hands together at pelvis level. Repeat 10 times.

Full Plie

Step 1
Stand with your heels together and your feet turned outward as far as possible. Slide your left foot out approximately one to two feet into a wide stance. Keep your legs turned out at the hip so that the tops of your thighs are facing outward.

Step 2
Pull your belly button inward to tilt your pelvis, lift your chest and pull your shoulders back. Bring your hands together at pelvis level with the backs of your fingers touching.

Step 3
Lift your hands to chest level with your fingers touching and your arms slightly bent. Keep your spine stable and lower into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Rest one hand on the back of a chair for balance, if needed.

Step 4
Open your arms out into a “T.” Rise back up to the start position and bring your hands together at pelvis level. Repeat 10 times.

Things You'll Need
Straight-backed chair, optional