Follow along with this guided Barre Fitness Class at home! This is a Power Barre Workout, combining traditional barre, strength training and HIIT cardio intervals for an effective 30-minute, full body workout.
Strengthen and tone with this barre fitness workout video! A great option to add some variety to your split training fitness routine.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love putting my own spin on barre workouts.
This power barre workout combines classic barre movements, strength training and high intensity interval training into one, effective 30-minute full body workout. If you don’t typically try barre classes, I encourage you to try this workout. The isometric movements in today’s barre workout will challenge you in new ways.
Barre Fitness FAQs
What Is Barre Fitness?
Barre is a spin on traditional ballet-inspired exercises that 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 exercises (large, total body exercises to increase intensity and heart rate).
What Are The Benefits Of Barre?
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. Barre workouts are great for pregnancy and postpartum because they’re relatively low-impact and safe for joints. Barre is also a great way to rebuild core and pelvic floor strength postpartum. You’ll find some barre-inspired exercises for postpartum core recovery here.
Why Is It Important To Vary Your Fitness Routine?
The American Council on Exercise recommends adding variety to your fitness routine to prevent boredom (one of the main reasons people quit exercise programs) and to avoid fitness plateaus. Your body is smart and learns to adapt to an exercise program within approximately six to eight weeks. If you do not add variety to your fitness training routine, your workouts may not be as effective as they once were because your body has adapted to the repetitive training stimulus. To achieve your weight loss and fitness goals, I recommend incorporating barre, strength training, HIIT and more to your fitness routine.
Barre Fitness: 30-Minute Power Barre Workout
Achieve toned, lean muscle with this 30-Minute Power Barre Workout.
This barre workout was created to bring the boutique Physique 57 and Pure Barre studio experience to your home. You don’t even need a ballet barre (although you can always add a countertop or a chair to assist with balance if needed).
Optional light to medium dumbbells, wrist weights or hand weights. I suggest 2-5 lbs.
Or you can do this barre workout with just your bodyweight.
You could also add resistance bands(affiliate) to some of these movements to increase the intensity.
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Targets: Chest, shoulders, back, hamstrings, hip flexors, abs and core.
How To Do Downward Facing Dog to High Plank and Crossbody Knee Pull
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.
As you exhale, lift your knees off the mat straightening your legs as you press your hips up towards the ceiling to find downward facing dog. Hold down dog, pressing your chest towards your thighs.
Kick the right leg out behind you, straightening through the leg and sending the right toes long.
Then shift your weight forward into a high plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists, weight evenly distributed amongst all 10 fingers.
As you find high plank, pull the right knee in to meet the left elbow.
Hold this plank position for a moment, gaze slightly in front of you.
Then exhale as you press your hips back to return to down dog.
Low Lunge and Rear Kick
Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, hamstrings and core.
How To Do a Low Lunge and Rear Kick
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Option to stand your dumbbells up vertically and rest your fingertips on the dumbbells for balance support.
Transfer the weight into your right foot. Then step your left leg back into a reverse lunge, dropping your left knee down towards the ground as you lower your hips until both knees reach a 90-degree angle, front thigh parallel to the floor.
Drive through your front, right heel and glute to stand slightly as you tap your left foot in to meet the right foot. Keep constant tension in that front right leg.
Then step your left leg back into a reverse lunge again, dropping your left knee down towards the ground as you lower your hips until both knees reach a 90-degree angle.
Drive through your front, right heel and glute as you perform a rear kick on the left leg, sending the left leg long behind you as you lean forward.
That’s one rep. Lower the left leg back down into a reverse lunge and repeat this sequence for the timed interval.
Chair Squat and Bicep Curl and Overhead Shoulder Press
Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, biceps, shoulders, abs and core.
How To Do A Chair Pose Squat and Bicep Curl and Overhead Press
Begin standing in mountain pose, feet together with your big toes touching. Grip a light set of dumbbells in your hands, palms facing out (supine grip).
Bend your knees, bringing your thighs as parallel to the floor as they can get. Your knees will project out slightly over your feet. Bring your pelvis and hips down as low as you can. This is a chair pose squat.
Drive through the heels to stand tall. As you do so, perform a bicep curl by curling the weights up to shoulder height.
Then, flip the palms to face out and perform an overhead shoulder press, pressing the weights above your head and locking out the arms, biceps near ears.
With control, lower the weights back down to the starting position and repeat the squat, curl and press sequence.
Side Leg Lift
Targets: Gluteus medius (outer butt and thigh muscles), inner thighs, obliques and core.
How To Do a Side Leg Lift
Stand with feet hip-width distance apart. Option to grip a set of light dumbbells at your chest.
Shift your weight into your left leg, engaging the core to balance.
Drive your right leg up into a side leg lift, kicking your leg up to hip height if possible; maintain a slight bend in both knees.
With control, lower your right leg back to the ground, tapping your right toe on the ground if needed.
Start in second position. Step 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. Hold both dumbbells low in front of you.
Hold this wide squat position as you perform a double arm lateral fly, raising the dumbbells up to shoulder height.
Option to pop to your toes as you perform the lateral fly for additional balance and stability work.
With control, lower the dumbbells back to the starting position as you slowly drop your heels to the mat.
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