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30-Minute Barre Sculpt At Home

Strengthen, sculpt and tone with this barre sculpt workout at home! This full body workout combines high-rep strength training and traditional barre exercises to challenge your mobility and core. Add a set of light weights and feel the burn in this barre workout at home.

Strengthen and tone with this guided barre sculpt workout at home.

Barre classes offer a unique way to challenge your core strength and mobility. Barre workouts typically involve a series of controlled movements that focus on strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, improving joint stability and increasing flexibility.

Using a set of light weights can create extra resistance to build strength and definition.

two women performing a standing oblique crunch in a barre sculpt workout
woman performing a standing oblique crunch in a barre sculpt workout


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Barre Sculpt FAQs

What Is A Barre Sculpt Workout?

Barre is a hybrid workout that combines ballet, pilates, yoga and strength training. It emphasizes challenging core strength and creating long, lean muscles throughout the body. Barre fitness specifically focuses on: improving core strength, building strength in the stabilizing muscles, and increasing flexibility, balance and posture.

Is A Barre Workout At Home Effective?

When you think about barre, you likely think of Pure Barre, Physique 57, or other group fitness classes. Barre may seem less intense than a full body strength training or HIIT session. But using bodyweight or lighter weights and higher repetitions is great for building muscle endurance, which will assist you in your other workouts (SELF Magazine).

Is Barre Effective For Weight Loss?

Barre exercises burn calories and build strength in a variety of different muscle groups, such as the legs, core and back. Barre exercises are great for any fitness level. A combination of cardio, strength training, and proper nutrition can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

two women performing a second position plie squat and w-arms in a barre sculpt workout

30-Minute Barre Sculpt At Home

The best barre-inspired exercises to improve mobility and build strength in the entire body.

Modifications are provided throughout this workout, making it a great barre workout for beginners and more advanced fitness enthusiasts.

Add full body workouts like this one to your fitness routine 1-2 times a week to build muscle mass and increase endurance.

Workout Equipment:

Light Weights. I’m using 3-10 lbs. Optional chair for balance support.

Option to perform this workout with just your bodyweight.

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woman performing a half kneeling kick out and front raise in a barre workout

Workout Instructions:

Follow along with the guided Barre Sculpt Workout At Home on YouTube, led by certified personal trainer, Lindsey Bomgren. 

Your Workout Looks Like This:

  • Full Body Barre Sculpt Exercises
  • Flowing from plank to second position, chair to arabesque, lunges and core on the mat.

Workout Outline

  1. Warm Up
  2. Plank Series
  3. Second Position Series
  4. Chair Series
  5. Lunges with Weights
  6. Chair Series
  7. Core with Weights
  8. Cool Down and Stretch
two women performing a lateral squat and back row in a barre sculpt workout

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7 Barre Sculpt Exercises

Downward Facing Dog to Push Up

Targets: Posterior chain (backside of the body), deep transverse abs, lower abs, upper abs, obliques, quads, calves, hips, erector spinae, shoulders, chest and triceps.

two women performing a push up to downward facing dog in a barre workout

How To Do Downward Facing Dog to Push Up

  1. Start in a table top position (quadruped) on all fours; shoulders stacked over wrists and hips stacked over knees. Actively press your hands into the mat as you tuck your toes under.
  2. As you exhale, lift your knees off the mat straightening your legs as you press your hips up towards the ceiling. Hold this downward dog position, pressing your chest towards your thighs.
  3. Then shift your weight forward into a high plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists, weight evenly distributed amongst all 10 fingers.
  4. Next, perform a push up by slowly lowering your chest down towards the ground.
  5. Once at the bottom of your push up, exhale as you push back up into high plank.
  6. Then exhale as you press your hips back to return to down dog.

Modification: Drop your knees to the mat as needed, performing modified push ups from your knees.

Modified Side Plank Hip Lift and Heel Stamp

Targets: Obliques, abs, upper back, shoulders, glutes, inner thighs and hamstrings.

two women performing a modified side plank and leg lift with a heel stamp in a barre sculpt workout at home

How To Do A Modified Side Plank Hip Lift and Heel Stamp

  1. Start in a side plank position with your right forearm on the ground, elbow directly under your shoulder. Legs are stacked and knees bent at a 45-degree angle, right knee on the mat and soles of the feet to touch.
  2. Place your left hand behind your head, elbow out to the side. Exhale to engage the core and stabilize your spine and pelvic floor.
  3. Use your outer glutes and hips to lift your resting hip off the floor.
  4. Simultaneously as you lift your hips off the ground, float your left leg, squeezing through your outer glutes to hold your left leg at approximately hip level.
  5. With the left foot flexed, kick the heel of your left leg back to “stamp” towards the wall behind you.
  6. Slowly move the left leg back an inch, then forward an inch, focusing on creating a small, controlled movement.
  7. Return the left knee to meet the right knee as you return to the starting position, lowering the hips down towards the mat.

Second Position Pulsing Pliè Squat with W-Arms

Targets: The glutes, quads, hamstrings, inner thighs (adductor muscles), shoulders, upper back and core.

two women performing w-arm squat pulses with light weights in a barre workout at home

How To Do A Second Position Pulsing Pliè Squat with W-Arms

  1. Find second position by stepping wide, heels in, toes facing out towards the corners of the room. Imagine your back is pressed against a wall. Slide your back down the wall, lowering into a wide “squat” position. Tuck your tailbone (anterior pelvic tilt) to engage your core.
  2. Hold a pair of light weights in your hands and create a “W” shape with your arms. Hold the arms out to the sides, elbows near hips and bent at 45 degrees, palms facing up.
  3. Once in second position with W-arms, lower into the bottom of your pliè squat. Shoulders should remain directly over hips.
  4. Stand up one inch as you send the arms out a few inches, maintaining the 45-degree angle of the arms.
  5. Then slowly lower back down one inch as you pull the arms back in to bring the elbows near the hips.

Lateral Squat Half Rainbows and 2 Back Rows

Targets: Gluteus medius (outer glute that controls hip movement and side-to-side movements), quads, inner thighs, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, upper back and core.

two women performing a lateral squat and 1/2 rainbow arms with 2 back rows in a barre sculpt class

How To Do Lateral Squat Half Rainbows and Back Rows

  1. Start with your feet wider than your hips (think a wide squat stance), with your knees and toes pointing forward. Or toes just slightly turned out away from your body.
  2. Hold a set of light weights in your hands, palms facing in (narrow grip).
  3. Shift your weight into your right heel as you push your hips back, bending your right knee while leaving your left leg straight. Think of performing a single leg squat with your right leg while your left leg remains straight.
  4. Hold at the bottom of the lateral squat as you hinge forward at the hips maintaining a flat back, belly button pulled back towards your spine.
  5. Perform two narrow grip back rows by pulling the dumbbells back towards your hip. Stop once your elbows are in line with your rib cage. Hold the row at the top for a moment squeezing your shoulder blade in, then slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position and repeat for a second back row.
  6. Then, drive through your right foot to reverse the movement, pushing you back up to center. As you push back to center, perform a rainbow with your arms by rotating the arms overhead and around to your left side (think of making a half circle with the arms, moving from your right knee to your left knee).
  7. Then shift your weight into your left heel as you push your hips back, bending your left knee while leaving your right leg straight. Complete the rainbow with your arms by pulling the arms down towards the left knee as you hinge at the hips to repeat two back rows.

4 Rear Leg Lifts and Scoop

Targets: Legs, hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, abs and core.

two women performing rear leg lifts and a knee drive scoop using chairs for balance support in a barre workout

How To Do 4 Rear Leg Lifts and Scoop

  1. Start standing, feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Option to lightly rest your hands on a chair or counter for balance support.
  2. Squeeze your right leg glute, driving your back, left leg up into a rear leg lift. Left leg is long behind you, balancing on your standing right leg. Hips are square to the ground.
  3. With control, slowly return the left toes to the mat and repeat for four rear leg lifts on the left leg.
  4. As you lower the left leg to the mat after the fourth rear leg lift, scoop the left leg in towards your chest. Round through the spine as you perform a knee drive, pulling the left knee in to meet your nose if possible. Option to add a balance challenge by rising onto your toes on the right foot as you perform the scoop with the left leg.

Modification: Omit the heel raise on the scoop.

Curtsy Lunge and L-Fly Into Narrow Squat and Press

Targets: Mainly the quads and glutes, but also engages the gluteus medius (outer butt and thigh muscles), inner thighs, biceps, shoulders, chest and core.

two women performing a curtsy lunge tap back and l-fly with light weights into a narrow squat and press in a barre sculpt workout

How To Do A Curtsy Lunge and L-Fly Into Narrow Squat and Press

  1. Stand with feet hip-distance apart, holding a set of light weights.
  2. Step your right leg back into a curtsy lunge (right knee should meet left calf), right knee lowers towards the mat. Lower your hips until both knees reach a 90-degree angle, front thigh parallel to the floor.
  3. As you step back into the curtsy lunge, perform a L-fly by rotating the arms up until they are parallel with the floor (performing a lateral raise while maintaining a 90-degree bend in both elbows). Arms are in line with shoulders and elbows remain bent at 90 degrees. Avoid pulling the shoulders up to the ears.
  4. Then squeeze your left glute, driving your back, right leg forward as you push back to center. As you stand, perform a narrow squat as you swing the arms around with control. Flip the arms so the palms are facing up and press the dumbbells out away from your body.
  5. Repeat the sequence, reversing the movement and stepping your left leg back into a curtsy lunge.

Bicycle Crunch and Chest Fly Lifts

Targets: Rectus abdominis, transverse abdominal muscles, obliques and chest muslces.

two women performing bicycle crunches and chest flys with light weights in a barre workout

How To Do Bicycle Crunches and Chest Fly Lifts

  1. Start lying flat on your back, lower back pressing firmly into the mat. Bring your legs to a raised 90 degree bend. Hold a set of light weights in your hands, arms extended above your shoulders, palms facing in towards each other.
  2. Pull the right knee in towards your chest as you extend the left leg long. As you do so, perform a chest fly by slowly opening your arms, lowering the dumbbells in a wide arc until they reach shoulder level (or the ground). 
  3. Then, extend the right leg long as your pull the left leg in towards your chest. As you do so, pull the dumbbells back to starting position, squeezing your chest muscles together.
  4. Continue to repeat this ‘bicycling’ movement with the legs, performing chest flys as you go. Throughout the movement, slowly lift your head, neck and shoulders off the ground on a three-count before slowly lowering the head, neck and shoulders back to the ground.

Modification: Perform the bicycle crunches with knees bent, reducing the range of motion. Keep your head, neck and shoulders resting on the mat.

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