By Jackie Dragone, Director Of Barre/TRX at Flex Studios
Coming from 20 years of dance before I transitioned into fitness, movement and form have always come naturally to me. I have a degree in dance, as well as a full Pilates certification including anatomy, mat, and all Pilates apparatus from The Pilates Academy International, along with my TRX certification. Today, I am the director of FlexBarre and FlexTRX at Flex Studios, and I create all of the programming at FLEX for our Barre and TRX classes. You can see from our classes, the style is intense and music driven, but fun and form focused, which is very important to us at FLEX.
I chose these 3 exercises because they challenge your total body, as well as your stamina. When done together a few times a week for a consistent period of time, you will feel a difference in your strength and stamina, and that can translate into all of your workouts, as well as improve your day-to-day life!
MOVE #1 - Jump Squat
Start standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips, sit your hips back into a squat position like you are reaching for a chair behind you. The hands are at heart center, palms together. From here, pressing off of your legs, explode into a jump, getting your feet to fully leave the floor. Land with bent knees back into the start position.
MOVE #2 - Side Plank to Pushup
Start in a plank position with the shoulders over the wrists. From here, keeping the core engaged, do a push-up, elbows out to the side. At the top of the pushup, when you arrive back at the beginning plank position, lift the right hand towards the ceiling opening the body to a right side plank. Go back into a regular plank and repeat left.
MOVE #3 - Single Leg Burpee
Start standing with your right knee pulled into your chest. From here place your right knee on the floor behind you. Put your hands down under your shoulders in front of your knee at the same time extending your left leg behind you. Step the left foot forward again, so the foot is directly under the knee (think 90 degree angle), press down into the left heel and stand up into the start position and repeat.
Jackie Dragone’s love for movement began at age 5 when she entered her first dance class. From that point forward she has not stopped moving. Jackie went on to receive her BA in dance from DeSales University and moved to NYC to pursue a life in movement. After performing and auditioning in the city she decided to focus her full attention on fitness.
Loving the way an active life made her feel, Jackie went on to get her Pilates certification, mat and apparatus from the Pilates Academy International. She also holds a TRX certification. Jackie is now the director of FLEX Barre at FLEX Studios in NYC.
Jackie has appeared on Fox’s Good Day New York as well as Z100’s Workout Wednesday’s. She has also created workouts for Fox News Magazine and SELF as well as been featured in several other blogs and publications. Jackie lives by the idea that you should never stop learning — no matter how much you feel that you have achieved there is always room to grow.