Barre is a mix between ballet and Pilates, and it’s a good addition to any training modality as it helps with building muscular endurance and targets both your small and large muscles. If you’ve ever done barre before, you already know just how tough of a workout it can be. And if this is your first barre workout, get ready for a mental and physical challenge.
Britany Williams, IBBFA and Barre Variations certified, SWEAT app trainer, and creator of the Barre with Britany program, put together this 10-minute, lower-body barre workout to build strength and increase your flexibility, coordination, and control. Her program fuses traditional elements of ballet and Pilates with athletic high-intensity movements, and this particular workout will help you improve your lower-body muscular endurance in addition to helping you improve your balance.
If you’re looking for a quick challenge, grab some water and a towel and get ready to light up your muscles.
Britany Williams’s 10-Minute Barre Workout
Equipment needed: a chair, a barre, or a sturdy object to balance on.
Directions: Before getting started, you can do a few dynamic stretches or whatever you need to feel prepared for the workout. The workout will be completed as a circuit, meaning you’ll perform each exercise for the designated time, taking little to no rest in between each move. After you complete one round of all the moves, repeat for one more round. After the workout, be sure to cool down with light stretching or foam rolling.
- Slow plié: 60 seconds
- Step back in turnout: 30 seconds each side
- Attitude lift in turnout: 30 seconds each side
- Bicycle in half foldover: 30 seconds each side
- Half foldover side pulse: 30 seconds each side
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