Barre exercises to help you lose weight and workout more often. These no-equipment barre exercises can be done at home, the gym, or the studio. Train like a ballet dancer and get that ballet barre body with these beginner barre exercises.
Barre Workout for the Gym: Want to do a barre workout, but don’t feel like going to a studio? Try these gym exercises that are pretty darn close to barre exercise moves. The barre workout for the gym will have you feeling the burn, just like in your usual barre class.
When you step into a barre studio you will typically find that the classroom is a large open space with mirrors and barres fixed to the wall surrounding the room. Some studios have bamboo or wood flooring while others have carpet. Like yoga and Pilates classes, you generally won't wear shoes or socks during a barre workout, but some people like to wear special "grippy" socks. The props used in each class vary, but most will use a playground ball, light hand weights, stretch bands, and yoga straps as workout tools. Typically, classes are just under an hour long and include a 5-10 minute warm up, 10-15 minutes of light weights (upper body), 20-30 minutes of barre exercises (mostly lower body), 10 minutes of floor work that includes abdominals and lower body exercises. Most classes end with a cool down and final stretches.
If you are staying on top of fitness trends you know that "barre workouts," which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage these days. Barre studios are popping up in every major city across the globe, along with a variety of DVDs you can do at home. While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre (you can use the back of a chair at home) combined with elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Barre exercises rely mainly upon one's bodyweight for resistance, and the moves challenge your core stability and balance. Barre workouts are designed to help an individual achieve a “dancer’s body” — strong, sleek, and streamlined.