Barre Workout

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What to Expect in a Barre Fitness Class

A barrre fitness class is not a dance class although it does incorporate dance training skills and dance techniques such plies and pirouettes. In addition, a Barrre workout class may incorporate:

  • Light weights
  • Exercise balls
  • Resistance bands
  • Resistance balls
  • Squats
  • Stretches
  • Kicks
  • Torso twists
  • Leg lifts
  • Thigh work
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Floor exercises
  • Arm work
  • Push-ups
  • Tricep dips

Barre Leg Work

Barre workouts are best known for targeting all of the leg muscles groups from head to toe, causing the thigh and glute muscles to burn. Using the ballet bar and designed to tone your butt and shape your inner thighs and calves, the leg work portion of a Barre exercise class is probably the most difficult.

Barre Workout Benefits

Barre workouts incorporate slow and fast moves, providing multiple physical and other health benefits, including:

  • Full body aerobic workout
  • Tone, lean muscles
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Interval training
  • Proper body form
  • Perfect posture
  • Increased metabolic rate
  • Calorie burning
  • Targeting of small, often overlooked muscles
  • Precise ballet technique
  • Dance conditioning
  • Core strengthening
  • Increased extension
  • Greater flexibility
  • Increased stamina
  • Better balance
  • Improved physical and mental fitness
  • Boosted energy levels

Barre Workout Exercises

Barre workouts incorporate principles of Pilates and yoga with a focus on holding positions for extended periods of time in order to improve endurance while toning and strengthening muscles. The exercises work your core while protecting your back. Exercises that fully extend your arms require you to point your toes develop balance. Other barre workout poses and moves require the use of the ballet barre to support the body’s full weight, pushing endurance skills and muscles to their limits. Your muscles will be lengthened, strengthened, toned and sculpted. Your flexibility will vastly improve as you develop great posture and the physique of a dancer.

Types of Barre Workouts

Growing in popularity and with proven fitness benefits, Barrre workout varieties and types are expanding, including:

  • Cardio Barre
  • Pure Barre
  • Bar Method
  • Barre3
  • Lotte Berk Method

Who can Benefit from Barre?

Participating in a Barre workout requires no previous experience or fitness ability. People of all ages enjoy and benefit from Barre as the classes are tailored to challenge participants at their level. Whether you are seasoned athlete, beginner, celebrity, or someone looking for a new way to work out, you can sweat it out together on the ballet bar in your next Barre Workout fitness class.