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This Barre Fitness Workout Video was originally released as a ‘thank you’ to subscribers on my email list, but now I’m adding this Barre Workout to my full-length workout video library on the blog; making it accessible to everyone for free.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I love putting my own personal spin on barre workouts.
Over the past five years I’ve taught a variety of barre classes — from traditional barre to cardio barre and barre strength. But this Power Barre Workout is my favorite of them all because it combines all of these barre formats into one, effective 30-minute full body workout.
What is a Power Barre Workout? It combines traditional barre exercises with larger, full body dynamic exercises. Using optional, hand weights for strength training, paired with bodyweight cardio intervals to raise your heart rate.
Even if you don’t think barre workouts are for you, I’d really encourage you to give this workout a try. It will challenge you in a completely different way than strength training workouts or HIIT workouts.
The American Council on Exercise recommends adding variety to your fitness routine to:
In this barre fitness workout video I’ll be encouraging you to use light to medium dumbbells or hand weights. Normally I’m all about encouraging you to ‘lift heavy’, but there are benefits to using lighter weights paired with high repetitions as well.
Trust me, you’ll still be working your muscles to failure, but you’ll reach that point by completing higher repetitions of each exercise; rather than using heavy weights and only completing a few repetitions before you hit fatigue.
Using lighter weights is great for building muscle endurance, which will assist you in your other workouts (SELF Magazine). And most importantly, it challenges your muscles in a different way than you’re used to if you are normally training with heavier weights!
Barre is a spin off of traditional ballet inspired exercises, but also pulls from yoga and pilates. Traditionally, barre is performed in a boutique studio, like Pure Barre or Physique 57 where they have a literal ballet barre.
To the outside eye barre, may not appear to be as challenging as say, a HIIT workout, because barre includes a lot of isometric movement and small, pulsing movements rather than burpees. But I can promise you that you will feel the burn during this barre workout video.
However, there’s no ballet bar or barre studio needed for my at-home barre workouts. My barre workouts combine traditional aspects of barre — small, targeted movements to build lean muscle and strengthen stabilizing muscles; with dynamic fitness exercises — large, total body exercises to increase intensity and heart rate.
This 30-Minute Power Barre Workout will sculpt, tone, strengthen and lengthen all of the muscles in your body.
Follow along as I sweat with you through 30-minutes of plíes, relevès, first position and second position barre exercises paired with lunges, squat jacks, and upper body punches.
Equipment: Light to medium dumbbells or hand weights. I suggest using between 2 and 8 pound dumbbells. I’m personally using 5 lb hand weights for this barre workout.
Instructions: Follow along with the barre class at-home workout video at the top of this post. I’ll coach you through each barre exercise and be shaking right alongside you.
If you want more full-length, barre workout videos try this 20-Minute Barre Class At Home Workout Video. I filmed this barre workout when I was around 16 weeks pregnant, so it’s more of a traditional, low-impact barre workout; and a great pregnancy workout.
If you prefer barre workouts with picture collages and a brief one-minute exercise demonstration, try: