What is Barre?

What is Barre?

The question I get asked the most is “What is Barre?” But because I am so passionate about Barre and the actual “barre” has been a part of my life since I was 3 and a tiny tot ballerina, I often forget that not everyone knows what I am talking about when I am rambling on about what I do for a living! Of course, I get the jokes of “Oh yeah, I know what a BAR is hahahahah” but I am always surprised by the amount of people who are not familiar with one of the most popular forms of exercise that has been around for over 6 decades! I also think that there are quite a few people who have a misconstrued idea of what Barre is and have images of prima ballerinas prancing around with dumbbells in their hands! So, to keep it short and sweet, I thought I would list my top 3 easiest answers I give when asked “What is Barre?”

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1.) Barre is a hybrid workout that is a combination of Pilates and yoga, some ballet-inspired moves, cardio components and a dash of strength training that makes this the perfect total-body workout!

2.) Barre was first created in 1959 by a former ballerina, Lotte Berk, after she was injured and was in need of a new exercise regimen that also combined her physical therapy exercises. Even though Barre was created by a ballerina, it is perfect for dancers and non-dancers alike!

3.) Barre helps lengthen and strengthen your muscles with small, isometric movements using your bodyweight (you will become very familiar with the terms “pulse” and “hold!”) , light dumbbells and other fun props such as the ballet barre, a Pilates Bender Ball and bands! The coveted “Barre Burn” (that lovely burning feeling in your muscles) and a “Barre-gasm” (when your legs start shaking uncontrollably) are great ways to get that “dancer-esque” physique!

Barre is such an amazing workout because it gives you everything you want and need in one class: cardio, strength training and stretching. You will use (and feel!) muscles that you never even knew you had! I encourage you, if you are new to the idea of Barre, to put all your misconceptions aside and come with an open mind! If you would like to try Barre out in the comfort of your own home, click here for a FREE 7 day trial!

Hope to see you at the barre soon!


Heather McCreight

Heather Johnson