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If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I love putting my own personal spin on barre workouts. Adding some larger, full range exercises and heart-raising cardio bursts.
I’ve taught a variety of barre classes, from traditional barre to cardio barre and barre strength and HIIT training, in the studio for over five years.
I love the studio environment for the energizing group energy and accountability, but I know it’s not always possible to make it to a barre studios, like pure barre, bar method, or physique 57 class in-person. Especially for moms of littles.
That’s why I’m so excited to bring you the first full-length, barre fitness workout video on the blog!
I also want to say this: if you don’t normally do ‘barre workouts’ — give it a try. This 20-Minute Barre Class will challenge you in new ways. Those tiny pulsing movements are harder than they look, trust me. Mix it up and reap the sculpting and toning benefits of barre.
Barre is a spin off traditional ballet inspired exercises, but also pulls from yoga and pilates as well. Traditionally, barre is performed in a boutique studio, with a literal ballet bar.
However, there’s no ballet bar needed for my at-home barre workouts. My barre workouts combine traditional aspects of barre — small, targeted movements to strengthen stabilizing muscles; with dynamic fitness exercises — large, total body exercises to increase intensity and heart rate.
Barre workouts are designed to be challenging, yet accessible to all fitness levels. Barre is known for its ability to tone muscle, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility, while remaining relatively low-impact and safe for joints.
Barre workouts are also extremely pregnancy and postpartum friendly as barre is a great way to strength-train in a low impact way. Barre Fitness makes it possible to train at high intensity in a low impact way.
I typically do 1-2 barre workouts a week, but when I’m pregnant and postpartum this increases to 3-4 barre workouts a week. Barre fitness is one of the best, low-impact ways to stay active throughout pregnancy, like this second and third trimester barre workout.
Additionally, barre is a great way to re-build pelvic floor and core strength postpartum, like these barre-inspired exercises for postpartum core recovery.
I filmed this 20-Minute Barre Class at home workout video around 16 weeks pregnant. This barre workout is mostly pregnancy-friendly, but women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy or newly postpartum may need to modify the plank and core work at the beginning of the workout video.
Think pulsing pliés paired with squat jacks. I love combining the small, targeted movements barre is known for, with large, dynamic, total body exercises.
The smaller, pulsing movements tighten and tone hard-to-hit muscles groups like the triceps, inner thighs, and abs. While larger, full-body exercises increase intensity, as well as add fat burning benefits for weight loss.
Equipment: Light-to-Medium Set of Dumbbells. I suggest 2-8 lbs depending on your fitness level. I’m using 5 lb dumbbells in this 20-Minute Barre Class Workout Video. If you don’t have a set of light hand weights, you can do this entire workout with just your bodyweight.
Instructions: Follow along as I sweat with you through a total body, 20-Minute Barre Class At Home Workout! We’ll flow from core to legs, and add upper body strength training along with some short cardio bursts to intensify the workout.
In just 20 minutes we’ll tone and tighten everything from abs and arms, to glutes and thighs.
Follow along with the full length, 20-Minute Barre Fitness Workout Video at the top of this post. I’ll coach you through each exercise and embrace that shaky leg feeling with you.
If you prefer a workout you can screenshot, with images depicting each exercise, rather than the full-length workout video, try these barre workouts: