Last month, I posted a 60-minute barre workout you can do at home. Barre classes are extremely popular, and effective for a variety of reasons. They can very in style and intensity...but they can also be expensive to attend. Join a gym and you might get them for free. We offer two classes a week to our members, and they seem to really love them. I teach one of them, and it's by far one of my favorite classes. Today, I'd like to share with you one of our latest Barre Fit classes just in case you're looking for an at-home barre workout that doesn't need a lot of equipment.
A few things to consider before you begin:
1) You'll need to warm up (and cool down) as you see fit.
2) Gather a small ball, two paper plates (or discs) and some light hand weights.
Now, let's get to it.
Here's the actual workout, then I'll break it down for you:
Flight Lunge to Front Abductions
Hip Presses with a Ball
This exercise is pretty easy to understand, but it can be called a wide variety of things Like flutter kicks, for example. And it can also be done face-down on the floor. So here's a visual of what I'm calling for in the workout:
No picture because you know what a pushup looks like, but let's talk about what "3-stop" means: Essentially, pause 1...2...3 times on your way down (or up) before completing the pushup. It's not complicated, I promise, but will burn your upper body in the best way possible.
Wide Squat Hold with Front Shoulder Lifts
After completing your wide squats with a biceps curl, hold the wide squat and move your arms up and down. Don't release that 90-degree bend. It should look like this:
Wide Squats with a Reverse Squeeze
Next up, come right out of that squat hold into regular squats, adding a reverse squeeze when you stand up to effectively engage the muscles in your back.
Hold that wide squat one more time and lift those arms up overhead into what, in traditional ballet classes, is called 5th position. Like this:
I have a set of Valslides at home, but you don't need fancy equipment to complete this exercise. You essentially just need something that will glide across your floor, and paper plates often fit that bill. You'll want to put one under each foot as you get into a plank position, then all you do is alternate sliding your leg underneath to the other side.
Always do what is best for you, friends.
Ready to try an at-home barre workout? Let me know how it goes. And if you like it, here's another 60-minute barre workout you can try.
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Question: What's your favorite at-home workout?