Barre, you mean the ballet dancer barre? Yep, except that everyone can do it! Barre is the latest
trend in functional workout that has made many ladies’ ballet dreams come true. It is also a highly
dynamic workout that is great for body toning and getting flat abs! If you are tempted to try it out,
keep on reading!

What is barre?

Barre is a fusion workout that incorporates elements from ballet, pilates, yoga and cardio. It can be
intense, fast but also flowy and elegant all at the same time! It is named “barre” because the
workout usually involves the ballet bar.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any dance experience to do barre, it is just a modern workout
inspired by barre. Everyone is encouraged to try barre! If you still think that everything sounds
foreign, just type in “barre” on YouTube to see how it looks.

What fitness benefits can you expect with barre?

Barre is well known to be functional and versatile. Each class is different, and you can work on a
whole lot of different muscle groups. Because of the pilates element, barre has a focus on anatomy
and targeting specific muscle groups. You can expect barre classes to strengthen your:
● Core
● Glutes
● Legs
● Upper body

If you think that barre sounds gentle and easy, you’ll be very surprised at your first class of how
challenging it is. The class is fast-paced to improve your cardio fitness. The resistant exercises
challenge your muscle strength. In addition, the yoga and ballet elements also work on your
flexibility. Barre is truly the ultimate fusion workout for all aspects of fitness.

How hard is barre?

Okay, it sounds that barre is tough work, trying to work on so many things at once. True, barre is not for a “rest day” and you might need quite a few rest days after your first barre class. It can push you to your limits, but you can also expect lots of fun and rapid fitness results. Your legs and glutes can get sore and shaky in the beginning, but they will adjust over time. Compared to HIIT and long-
distance running, barre is equally effective but more interesting

Where can you do barre?

Barre studios are popping up all over the world now and you are likely to find one near you. Many
yoga, pilates studios and even gyms are also offering barre classes. However, it is super easy to
practice barre at home following online video tutorials. At this day and age, you can learn anything
online.

What equipment does barre classes involve?

Apart from the major equipment, bar, you can expect to use some extra props:
Toning ball
Small weights
Elastic bands
Magic circles
Yoga mat

Don’t worry, your barre studio will usually have these sorted for you.

What do you wear for barre?

Wearing the right outfit for barre is essential. You don’t have time to adjust loose clothes in between fast-changing poses, and you also want to look good in the mirror. Although you shouldn’t focus on how you look during the workout, seeing yourself in the mirror is an inevitable part during barre classes.
Fitted clothes are the absolute essentials. A supportive sports bra that allows you to jump around
and twist is the minimum for your upper body. Most people also throw a lightweight tank top on
top, but some like to show their abs during barre. Your top doesn’t have to be skin-tight, but it
should have a snugger fit as you will move around a lot. A pair of stretchable and moisture-wicking
leggings is perfect for checking your posture and moving effortlessly.


Unlike yoga, most barre classes also require you to wear grippy socks. Some movements can be
difficult to balance on and grippy socks will keep you firmly planted on the floor. For beginners,
these socks are excellent for improving stability.

Tips for your first class

Before the class

As with anything, the first class can be a little intimidating. It’s a good idea to talk to your studio first and find a beginner’s class. Show up 10 minutes earlier to your first class so that your instructor can walk you through all the equipment. Don’t forget to bring your grippy socks and water bottle!

During the class

During the class, stay mentally engaged and follow along to the best of your ability. It’s important to
keep your eyes on yourself and not the others around you – It’s not a competition! Don’t worry
about looking silly as we have all been there. If the class is too fast, you can simply work at your own pace or let the instructor know.

You will hear some foreign terms that come from ballet, such as:
First position: This is when you stand on the floor and form a “v” shape with your feet. The
heels touch and the toes are apart.
Second position: This is another standing position, but with your legs apart.
Plié: This is a French term that just means to bend your knees. This pose may be repeated
many, many times during barre and you will get used to it very soon.


Don’t be put off by these terms or stress out when you can’t figure out where your hands and feet
should go. It is completely normal for every beginner and you will soon get used to them.

After the class

Completing the first barre class is hard work but well done! Don’t be afraid of the shaky legs. You
didn’t do anything wrong. It is just because your muscles had never been challenged like that.
If you couldn’t do some of the poses during the class, don’t worry. Strength and flexibility both take
some time to build up but you will get there.


If you enjoyed the first class, then book into your next one! Try to do another class within the same
week so that you start getting used to the shaky legs. Once you complete a few barre classes, you
are most likely to find yourself in love with this workout!