Fitness Trend of The Week: Barre

Fitness Trend of The Week: Barre

You have plans with the girls next weekend and are looking to do something fun and out of the ordinary. Why not try that new barre down the street? No, not the bar where you grab drinks, but the new barre studio. It’s a fun, yet intense workout for everyone.


Unfortunately you can’t order a martini at this kind of barre. Barre (pronounced bar) is a new fitness trend that combines pilates, yoga and ballet moves to create an intense 60-minute sculpting workout. It’s a great workout for those who have always wanted the dancer’s body but just never had the rhythm or coordination.  The purpose of this class is to help strengthen and lengthen the muscles (which sounds like a miracle to all the short women out there). With extreme focus and strength you’ll work towards a leaner and sculpted body.

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To the beat of the music, you’ll rotate exercises focusing on different areas of the body. From your shoulders to your toes, be prepared to walk out of there getting a full body workout.  In most classes you begin with planks and pushups, move to the lower body and finish off working on your core. One key interval that is consistently repeated in this workout is stretching (this is what helps to lengthen out the muscles).

There’s no previous experience in dance required but you must be able to hold onto the barre to participate. This low impact regimen helps strengthen your muscles while avoiding injury. The class is pretty quick moving, so make sure you’re up for the challenge.

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 Benefits of Barre

  • Build lean muscle
  • Extreme toning
  • Increased strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased endurance
  • Possibility of losing weight

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Variety of Classes to Choose From

Barre has taken on many forms over the years. No matter what course you take you’ll really be focusing on toning and strengthening. Here are some of the harder versions of barre:

Cardio Barre

A combination of quick paced moves keeps your heart rate up in this barre class. You’ll alternate between different positions to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. Since it’s the cardio option you continuously maneuver between exercises to keep your heart rate up.

Pilates Barre

This class combines barre with more traditional pilates moves! In some studios this means incorporating props like weights, resistance bands and then, of course, the ballet barre.

Kickboxing Barre

Also known at Barre Brawl. Plan for an intense workout when entering this class. Barre combined with kickboxing forms a fitness routine you don’t want to mess with. You’ll really strengthen your glutes and thighs.

Have you tried any barre classes? What was your favorite part about it? Share in the comments below!

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