Nini Gueco

AB Moves: Modified Push-up on Relevé

We could all use a break from sitting at our desk to move. Try this Avant-Barre fave by pushing against a wall or counter.

modified push up on relevé — Great to tone and strengthen the biceps and chest. It’s like a regular push up but with the option to increase or lessen the intensity based on your angle. Keep elbows close to your ribcage to activate the rear deltoid and triceps. Tuck your hips and lift one leg into a low arabesque for a little glute zinger. Repeat 15-20 pushups. 


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AB Moves: Diamond Thigh

Don't forget to get up and move during the day! Here's a simple exercise you can do at your desk, using the back of your chair for support. Or for more challenge, try it with both hands on your waist.

diamond thigh — Challenging exercise to tone and shape your thighs. Start in a first position. Rise up onto relevé and walk your feet closer together so your heels touch. Bend your knees so they track the same direction as your toes and your legs form a wide diamond shape. Squeeze your glutes tight to get a bonus booty workout. bend your knees more and less to drop your hips an inch towards the floor and then rise an inch up. Repeat this move for 1-2 minutes without resetting to feel a deep burn in your quads.


Find more of our favorite moves at lucy let's go.

AB Moves: Standing Arabesque

More than a few Avant-Barre goers have noticed a more lifted and defined behind. What's the secret? Find out in class. But until then, try this move.

standing arabesque — Great move to isolate the glutes and test for endurance. Stand at an angle to a stable surface and bring your legs parallel and hip width apart. Soften both knees. extend outer leg behind you and see-saw forward until your body forms a capital “T”. Keep your abs pulled in for control and strength. carefully squeeze your lifted side booty to guide your leg one inch higher than where you started, being sure to keep the exercise in your glutes and out of your low back. Pulse 10 times at varying speeds, then reset. Repeat 4-5 times.


Find more of our favorite moves at lucy let's go.

AB Moves: Leg Lift in First Position

Watching The Nutcracker leave you with Sugarplum Fairy dreams? Channel your inner badass ballerina with this move that challenges your quads, especially your inner thigh. 

leg lift in first position — Start with your heels together and toes apart in a first position. Lift one leg in front of you, point your knee outward so your inner thigh shines up toward the ceiling. Keep your hips level so your quads do all of the work. pulse your leg up 10 times, then reset. Repeat 4-5 times, on both legs. Don’t be surprised if your standing leg feels the burn too!


Find more of our favorite moves at lucy let's go.

AB Moves: Tricep Dips

Holiday travel is less an of an excuse to fall off your workout routine with this no-equipment-required exercise.

tricep dips — Targets the triceps and posture muscles. Sit on the floor with your feet hip width apart. Place your hands under your shoulders with your fingertips pointing forward. straighten your arms and lift your booty off the floor, keeping your shoulders over your wrists and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Bend your elbows to activate your triceps, then straighten slightly to recover. Do 3 sets of 10 reps. Option to lift one bent leg into your chest to increase the intensity.


Find more of our favorite moves at lucy let's go.

AB Moves: Bow and Arrow Abs

Not sure about you, but the Avant-Barre team loves channeling ultimate badass Katniss Everdeen. Have you tried this move in class before?

bow and arrow abs (aka “katniss abs”) — Great for transversus abdominis muscles and obliques. Sit on the floor with your feet hip width apart. sit up tall and extend both arms in front of your shoulders with your palms facing inward. lean back keeping your posture straight. Pull one elbow back behind your waist and twist slightly toward your bent elbow looking back behind your shoulder. Feel your abs catch you as you recline. Return to your starting position and repeat on the other side. Do 20-30 reps at varying speeds.


Find more of our favorite moves at lucy let's go, and don't miss the final installment of the trilogy The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is in theaters today. 

Is Nini Racked's Hottest Trainer?

PHOTO:  Mark Kuroda .

PHOTO: Mark Kuroda.

Racked SF named Avant-Barre founder Nini Gueco one of 16 finalists for their annual Hottest Trainer competition. Set your calendar for August 21st to vote and make her THE hottest trainer in the Bay Area!

What does she have to say about creating San Francisco's best barre class? "When I used to dance, I never thought about how moving to the music could actually be really intense exercise. For me, it was just really fun to get lost in the song and feel the music take over my body. I wanted to create a class that gave people from all backgrounds that same experience, but without the actual requirement of having taken a dance class."

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Fashion Friday


Like a good hair day, a great outfit can make all the difference in how you face the world. When you look your best, you feel your best. And what you wear to work out is no different. Take a cue from our instructors to help you go from barre to bar in style.

This week, Nini shows us why this strange San Francisco weather doesn't have to put a damper on your plans.



Photos: ANNA-ALEXIA BASILE for Refinery 29