Train your Turnout without Cheating
While this exercise can be done without the turnout board, a turnout board is nice for its smoothness and to measure your progress (this one has degrees of measurement so you can track your progress!).
You’ll see that one of my legs has more turn out than the other and I want to work on equalizing both sides as much as possible.)
👉1. Stand with feet facing forward (in parallel)
👉2. Make sure you’re engaging your abs and standing in neutral spine (don’t tuck hips under or stick your bum out)
👉3. Engage your feet and legs by pressing into your feet evenly, feeling the full foot on the board or floor
👉4. Rotate your legs outwards keeping everything engaged as mentioned above. Don’t bend your knees, but keep pushing down thru your feet as you rotate your legs. (Make sure your feet are still pressing down evenly onto the surface you’re working on).
You’ll activate your “deep 6” (your turn out muscles) (this is Good!) and Not the big muscles of the glutes (which would be cheating.)🙂
👉5. Return back to parallel position (in ballet this is also called 6th position)
👉6. Repeat 15-20X
👉7. Option to add resistance bands as you feel stronger.
💗Tips: hold on to barre or chair for support if needed.