30-Minute Barre Workout (Full Body, No Equipment)

A no equipment, 30-Minute Barre Workout you can do at home! Our full body cardio barre workouts have been named the best online barre workouts on YouTube; try this intense barre workout and see if you agree?

If you’ve tried one of my barre workouts or cardio barre workouts, you know — there’s no burn like a barre burn!

Barre workouts are some of my most popular workouts on Youtube. In fact, Self recently named this 30-Minute Barre Blend Workout among the top three best barre workouts on YouTube!

Here’s what people are saying about our Full Body Cardio Barre Workouts on Youtube:

  • Whew! Barre to the next level! You had me digging deep for the mental and physical fortitude to get through some of these barre moves. Finished and feeling fantastic!! — Christy P.
  • Wow!! The sweat was literally dripping off me doing this! I could hardly grip my weights! You def need a sweat towel close by for this one! Xx Such a different way to work out but you really feel the barre burn like no other workout — Kathryn W.
  • Holy smokes! I have to admit I’m a strength training kind of gal so I haven’t done any barre workouts yet, assumed they’d be too easy. Ummmm wow was I wrong lol, this was a killer barre workout (in a good way!!). Thanks for the awesome workout! — Rachael M. 

Best barre workouts on YouTube, no equipment

It’s common people first try one of our barre workouts on an active rest day (because they think barre workouts are too easy, or not challenging enough).

Do barre workouts really work?

Yes. But they serve a different purpose than strength training workouts or cardio workouts.

Barre may seem less intense than a full body strength training or HIIT session. BUT the tiny, pulsing barre exercises work your body in a different way.

Barre fitness specifically focus on:

  • Improving Core Strength
  • Building Strength in the Stabilizing Muscles (target muscles in the shoulders, glutes and hips)
  • Increasing Flexibility, Balance and Posture

What is a barre workout? 

Barre is a hybrid workout — combining ballet, pilates, yoga and strength training. With an emphasis on building core strength and long, lean muscles throughout the body.

My barre classes are little different than Pure Barre or Physique 57; they are a more high energy, athletic barre workout.

If this is your first time doing a barre workout, don’t worry– I’m here to coach you through every move! I’ve also included some GIFs and exercise explanations of common barre exercises you’ll find in this barre class. Click here to jump to common barre exercises.

full body barre workout at home

What are the benefits of barre workouts?

  • Increases total body strength (building small, stabilizing muscles in the shoulders, glutes and hips to prevent injury).
  • Improves flexibility, balance, posture and range of motion.
  • Builds core and pelvic floor muscle groups.

And barre fitness is for EVERYONE! Since barre is mostly a low impact, strength workout it’s great for fitness beginners, to advanced fitness enthusiasts.

I strongly suggest barre workouts for: 

  • Beginners — to build foundational core strength.
  • Runners — great functional cross training to strengthen the glutes and hips.
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum — low impact, and great for building core strength and posture.
  • Strength and HIIT Athletes — a joint-friendly, low impact workout that will challenge your body in a different way.

There’s always a way to modify or make each barre exercise more challenging.

No Equipment Full Body Barre Workout At Home

30-Minute Barre Workout (Full Body Cardio Barre, No Equipment)

An intense, full body workout at home with no equipment!

Get the boutique barre studio experience at home with this guided, high-intensity, 30-minute barre workout. Pairing bodyweight strength training and high reps of tiny pulsing movements, with cardio intervals to raise your heart rate.

Modifications are offered for ALL fitness levels.

Equipment:

None, just your bodyweight. 

We’ll use a chair (or counter top — whatever you have available) for a few of the moves. If this isn’t available to you, you can do the exercises with just your bodyweight.

Instructions:

Follow along with the guided Barre Workout video at the top of this post. I’ll provide form cues, motivation and modifications.

In typical barre fashion, we’ll flow through a series of barre sequences. Here’s a general outline of the workout: 

  1. Plank Series (Side Plank)
  2. Core, Glutes and Hips
  3. Second Position with Arms (Pliè Squats, Chest, Back, Shoulders)
  4. Second Position and Chair Cardio Interval
  5. Strength + Stability Balance Work (Legs, Back, Triceps, Core)
  6. Lunges
  7. Cardio Interval
  8. Chair Work (Arabesque, Leg Lifts, Passè Lunges, Attitude)
  9. Incline Push Ups and Tricep Dips
  10. Chair Squats
  11. Core Burnout (Glute Bridges, Boat Pose)
  12. Stretching

Note: this workout is mostly pregnancy and postpartum-friendly; just modify the initial plank series as needed and make all cardio exercises low impact. Modify with this ab workout for pregnancy and this ab workout for postpartum

push up with chair

In this Workout: 3 of the Best Barre Exercises You Can Do At Home

1. Second Position Pulsing Pliè Squat

Benefits: works the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and your inner thighs (adductor muscles).

Second Position Pulsing Pliè Squat

How to find Second Position: 

  1. Step wide, heels in, toes facing out towards the corners of the room.
  2. Imagine your back is pressed against a wall. Slide your back down the wall, lowering into a wide “squat” position.
  3. Tuck your tailbone, anterior pelvic tilt, to engage your core.

How to do a Second Position Pulsing Pliè Squat: 

  1. Start in second position (outlined above). Option to keep your heels on the ground or take relevè with heels lifted off the ground.
  2. Place your hands on your hips, bend your knees, lowering into the bottom of your pliè squat. Shoulders should remain directly over hips.
  3. Stand up one inch, then slowly lower back down one inch.
  4. Repeat this pulsing, one inch movement up and and down.

2. Attitude Leg Lift

Benefits: works all three glute muscles as well as the lower back and core.

Attitude Leg Lift

How to do a Attitude Leg Lift:

  1. Start standing on your right leg. With a soft bend in your right knee, hinge forward gently resting your hands or fingertips on a ballet-barre, chair or countertop for support.
  2. Then extend your left leg behind you on a diagonal and turn it out; toes pointed.
  3. Draw your left shin towards your standing right calf, then extend the left leg long behind you, squeezing the glutes.
  4. Repeat this movement. Option to engage the standing leg (right leg) by bending at the knee each time the left leg draws in.
  5. Option to make this move more challenging by going into relevè (balancing on toes, heel lifted off the ground) on the standing leg.

3. Boat Pose

Benefits: works the abs, core, hip flexors and inner thighs. Also a great balance challenge to increase posture.

boat pose barre workout

How to do Boat Pose:

  1. Sit on the mat on your sitting bones, legs bent at 90 degrees, feet flat on the floor.
  2. Tilt your hips forward, rounding through the spine as you pull your navel towards your spine (making a ‘C’ shape with your upper body). Keeping your shoulders down and the crown of your head towards the ceiling.
  3. Engage your inner thighs and core to lift your feet off the mat to about knee height.
  4. Option to keep your hands behind your knees, or increase the intensity by releasing your hands from the back of your legs, bringing your arms parallel to the floor.
  5. Make it even harder by extending your legs out away from your body, toes pointed.
  6. Hold this position.

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