A Workout Everyone Swears By: The Ballet Barre Workout

I love new, fun and innovative ways to work out and the ballet barre workout is no exception. This is a comprehensive total-body workout that incorporates major muscle groups in a unique way that reshapes the whole body. The ballet barre workout offers fun exercises that that challenges the body’s strength, endurance and increases overall fitness.

The ballet barre workout uses a ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to upbeat music. It tones the whole body by burning fat fast, lifting the booty and toning the thighs, abs, hips and arms. Each session is accompanied with stretching to elongate muscles, looking taller and leaner. (The Pure Barre workout, now a nationwide franchise of exercise studios, was reportedly founded in Birmingham, Mich. in 2001.)

Comparisons to Yoga and Pilates

There are many benefits to doing this type of workout that differ from more common workouts. The ballet barre workout differs from Pilates and yoga in the following ways:

  • Pilates works smaller muscles that realign the core and help to stabilize it, while the ballet barre workout works most muscles, small and large, by using body weight to isolate these muscles.
  • Yoga offers a more comprehensive approach to health because people can work on their physical, mental and sometimes spiritual dimensions of health. The ballet barre workout focuses on fitness specifically by strengthening and stretching the muscles to provide overall power, grace and stamina.

Plié Please

The ballet barre workout is a one hour, non-impact workout that integrates fat-burning with interval training and muscle-shaping isometrics to improve posture and overall body image and shape. Other benefits include:

  • High calorie burn rate
  • Increase in lean muscle mass
  • Assists in weight-loss and sculpting the body
  • Workout design from physical therapists to ensure joint safety
  • Improves mental focus

Since this concept is still relatively new, there aren’t a ton of studios dedicated only to the ballet barre workout in Michigan. Some studios, however offer these types of classes:

Have you tried this workout before? Are there other workout studios that you know of that offer this style of workout?

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  1. I love dance and the ballet barre is just another way that us, dancers work our muscles. My best body was always my dancing body. If you have never done it before. I would definitely recommend it. You will use muscles that you never knew you even had. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. It really will change the entire look and feel of your body. I promise.

    Great blog, Angie. I am glad you wrote about this. But you know I am biased and adore dancing. :o)

  2. Thank you, Angie. Lovely to see ballet make front and center. As for me, I love to do ballet as my physical exercise. I go to Christina’s Adult Ballet 3-5 times a week and get the workout — plus a chance to use the steps in the center as part of dance routines. For a look at what adults can do, check out christinasadultballet.com

  3. I’m on week 5 and I can already tell a difference. I’m glad you wrote about this growing trend. While it’s hard to find a place to give it a shot, I agree – you won’t be disappointed if you do!!

  4. I absolutely love the portable barre that’s in your posted photo!!! Would you please share the brand name? Looks stable, and wheels seem like a great idea to make it more mobile;-)

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