Barre Legs + Cardio Tabata {HIIT the barre at home}

Plié and lunge your way to stronger legs with 8 cardio-barre exercises in this fast-paced, barre legs + cardio tabata circuit.

barre legs + cardio tabata curtsy lunge

The best part about leg day is it always results in a heart-pumping and sweaty workout. By using some of the largest, metabolic muscles in your body {glutes, hamstrings and quads} you’re heart-rate naturally rises. In fact, the other day at the gym I told my husband that the squat rack has now become a piece of cardio equipment throughout pregnancy {i mean walking up a flight of stairs gets me winded these days}.

Then throw in some fast-paced plyometrics and you’ve really got yourself a cardio-intense leg workout. If you’ve tried my lower body strength + plyos workout from my 20 minute home workout videos you know what I’m talking about.

But you don’t always need a squat rack or heavy set of dumbbells for an effective leg day. Body-weighted plié squats and lunges can be just as challenging, especially when repeated in fast-paced, tabata circuits. In fact, I think barre workouts are often underestimated.

But I wouldn’t underestimate this barre legs + cardio tabata workout. It’s a 25-30 minute power workout that is designed to target all of the lower body muscles — glutes, thighs, and core; using bodyweight resistance to strengthen and tone your legs while raising your heart-rate to burn calories. Not to mention, plyometrics always help build a lifted booty.

So what are you waiting for?! Grab your mat and sculpt your lower body with these 8 muscle-toning, barre cardio inspired exercises.

PS – This bodyweight workout is great for traveling. So if you’ve got upcoming holiday travel plans on the calendar, pin this workout to your no-equipment workout board

the workout: barre legs + cardio tabata 

This workout consists of 4 bodyweight tabata circuits; each circuit has 2 exercises. Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, repeating each tabata circuit x 4 sets before moving onto the next circuit.

Take a 30-60 second break between each tabata circuit and repeat the entire workout x 2 sets.

Tabata Circuit One:

  1. Second Position Squat Jack
  2. Second Position Plyo Jack

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Two:

  1. Static Reverse Lunge {2 sets per leg}
  2. Reverse Lunge + Front Kick {2 sets per leg}

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Three:

  1. Chair Squats
  2. Chair Star Jacks

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Four:

  1. Curtsy Lunge + Tap {2 sets per leg}
  2. Single-Sided Skater Bound {2 sets per leg}

X 4 sets

*Repeat the entire workout x 2 sets.

See video above for complete workout and proper exercise form. 

second position squat jack

second position squat

second position plyo jack

second position plyo jack

static reverse lunge

reverse lunge

reverse lunge + front kick

reverse lunge + front kick

chair squats

chair squat

chair star jacks

chair star jacks

curtsy lunge + tap

curtsy lunge

single-sided skater bound

skater bound

the workout: barre legs + cardio tabata 

This workout consists of 4 bodyweight tabata circuits; each circuit has 2 exercises. Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, repeating each tabata circuit x 4 sets before moving onto the next circuit. Take a 30-60 second break between each tabata circuit and repeat the entire workout x 2 sets.

Tabata Circuit One:

  1. Second Position Squat Jack
  2. Second Position Plyo Jack

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Two:

  1. Static Reverse Lunge {2 sets per leg}
  2. Reverse Lunge + Front Kick {2 sets per leg}

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Three:

  1. Chair Squats
  2. Chair Star Jacks

X 4 sets

Tabata Circuit Four:

  1. Curtsy Lunge + Tap {2 sets per leg}
  2. Single-Sided Skater Bound {2 sets per leg}

X 4 sets

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6 comments
    • Thanks Brad! And thanks for checking out my workout posts; hopefully you can put a few of them to good use! -Lindsey

    • Thanks for pinning and sharing Jen! It’s a good leg burner that’s for sure…I seriously think people underestimate the ‘barre burn’! Enjoy! xo-Lindsey