Barre exercises are a great workout for busy moms! Barre is a combination Pilates, Yoga and traditional ballet moves. Although no dance is required! No ballet barre is required for this at-home workout.
This is a workout for all levels. You don’t need a ballet barre, any sturdy chair or countertop will do! We target smaller muscles groups while using larger muscles groups to stabilize each exercise. This creates a dynamic routine to shape and tone your core, arms and posterior chain (the backside of your body).
Find the full workout in our Barre Sport series.
Focus: Biceps and Glutes
Stand with your right foot flat on the floor, toes pointing forward and reach your left leg back, touching your toes to the ground. Bend your knees slightly like you are doing a curtsey. Hold a small hand weight in each hand and hold them at your elbows. Slowly lower the weights, extending your arms straight down. Raise the weights back up to your shoulders and repeat the motion. Be sure to keep the rest of your body tight and still, only moving the hand weights.
Train Track Taps
Focus: Shoulders & Glutes
Stand with your left foot firmly planted on the floor, toes facing forward, leg slightly bent for stability. Extend your right leg behind you, touching your toe to the ground about two feet behind you. Hold a small hand weight in each hand, holding them together in front of your forehead. Begin the exercise by lifting your right foot off the ground and tapping your toe on the ground about two feet to the left, behind your left leg. Raise your foot and bring it back to the starting position. As you move your foot back and forth, be sure to keep your weight over your left leg and your core tight.
Focus: Obliques, Core & Gluteus Medius
Begin by holding on to the back of a chair with your left hand, left leg firmly planted on the floor, knee slightly bent and toes facing forward. Your right leg should be straight, outstretched to the right and slightly back with only your toes touching the ground. Raise your right arm straight up over your head. To start the lift, raise your right leg as you also drop your right arm, reaching toward your toes. Both your arm and leg should remain straight as you lift. Lower your leg back down and raise your arm back to the starting position. Repeat and then switch sides.
Focus: Core, Shoulders & Glutes
Stand with your right foot flat on the floor, toes pointing forward and reach your left leg back, touching your toes to the ground. Bend your knees slightly like you are doing a curtsey. Hold a small hand weight in each hand, bending your arms so the weights are near your abs. Keeping our core and legs tight and still, extend your arms straight out in front of you , pushing the weights forward. Bring them slowly back down, bending your arms and bringing the weights back to your side.
Figure 4 Stretch
Focus: Stretching! Every good barre routine includes mobility, or how your body moves (flexibility). Universally moms are tight in the hips.
Sit on the ground, leaning back on your arms. Bend your right knee and place your foot flat on the ground as close to your booty as you can. Bring your left foot up and place it on your right knee, letting your left knee point out to the side. Hold the stretch and then switch legs, placing your left foot on the ground and your right foot on your left knee.