Barre Burner {video}

Hi friends! First of all, thank you so much for your comments on this morning’s post. I’ve been at work, but have loved reading them in between classes. As always, thank you for being amazing and for your support and feedback.

We have quite a few fun events in the next couple days. Tonight is our dance recital at work, Meg’s bachelorette get-together, tomorrow is rehearsal + rehearsal lunch and Saturday is the big wedding! I have post ready for the morning (and if I have time to edit another video will be in there), and will be back with some pics from part 1 of the wedding adventures. I’m really excited for my family during such a beautiful time, and am thankful we’re here and get to be a part of it.

Since I recently started teaching barre classes at work, I’ve received quite a few requests for more barre-inspired workouts. I want to start out by saying that while I’m fairly new at teaching barre, it’s a class I love to teach (and one of my all-time favorite workouts!)and I’m pretty stoked to share the effective and killer workout with others.

Barre workout

The other night, I filmed a short video to share, including a thigh-burning series and a grand finale ab burner. The entire workout is 8 minutes, but feel free to repeat it up to 3 times during the day, or use it as a supplement to your strength or cardio workout.


Just a heads up: barre classes are a fantastic way to change up your routine, as they’re low impact and emphasize muscular endurance through lots of reps and isometric holds which will quickly fatigue your muscles. However, due to the nature of the exercises (lots of flexion and extension of the knee joint as well as hip movements), I don’t recommend them if you’re recovering from injury or have hip/knee/joint considerations. Always check with a doc before making any fitness changes. If you’re pregnant and want to do this workout with me (with doc or midwife approval, of course), just skip the ad burner part at the end.

So here ya go! Hope you enjoy it.. and that you think of me later πŸ˜‰

Here’s a text version, too:

Barre burner




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  1. Becca on May 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Where is your shirt from!?!? So cute!

    • Jennifer on May 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Ditto that! Do tell!

      • wendy on May 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        It’s a Lulu no limits tank:)

        • Fitnessista on May 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

          That’s it- thank you!!

  2. Jacquelyn @justjacq on May 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    totally doing this tonight! thanks!!

  3. Naomi on May 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Just did the barre burner twice through, and holy burn! I will be feeling that tomorrow. I warmed up with the don juan song too…so fun!

  4. Laura B on May 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve commented everywhere, but I seriously loved it! I did it once, but I think I’ll do it again if I have time. Speaking of home workouts, I’d love to see a resistance band workout. I know a few moves, but I’d like more!

  5. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Great motivation! Thanks so much for sharing that workout!

  6. Deirdre on May 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Did this tonight in my hotel room. It was perfect, thanks for posting!

  7. Kim on May 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome workout! I really felt the curtsey lunge in my it bands–I’ll definitely incorporate into my daily routine to keep it strong. The added leg raise was definitely tough and I’ll need to work on making sure I’m engaging my oblique. Regardless–8 minute workouts are starting to be my new favorite.

  8. Lauren on May 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    My legs and abs are on fiyah! Thanks, as always, for a killer workout, Gina! πŸ™‚

  9. Nicole on May 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Looks like a killer workout! Thanks for taking the time to put this together πŸ™‚

  10. Courtney on May 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I LOVE your iPhone case!

  11. kari on May 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I want to wish you and your family a fun and safe weekend! Your shirt is so cute.

  12. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on May 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Are your Barre classes typically 30 minutes or 1 full hour? I am dying to try one, but having trouble finding a studio where I live. Boooo.
    Compared to other classes you teach/have attended, what do you think is the biggest and most effective difference participants get from barre classes?

  13. Joanna on May 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Loved it. More please.

  14. Emma on May 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! x

  15. kt h on May 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Looks fabulous; I will try tonight! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend sharing this special time with your family!

  16. Ali on May 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Awesome work out! Have so much fun with all the wedding activities!

  17. Georgia on May 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Have you ever done Pure Barre? If so, what do you think of it?

  18. ashley on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    yay! so glad you posted some barre workouts. i love love love barre!

  19. Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Where is your shirt from? It’s so cute! Saving this workout for this afternoon!!! Though I have to admit, i’m a little nervous!

  20. courtstar @ starsystemz on May 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love barre classes and used to go twice a week for a change up! I stopped going but kinda inspired to go back! Thanks for sharing this awesome workout! Love + Shine Courtstar

  21. Jay on May 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    That looks like a killer! Thanks for the video, I wouldn’t have had a clue for most of these otherwise!

  22. Tracy on May 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this workout! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    Have a super fun weekend. Looking forward to wedding pics πŸ™‚

  23. Ashley on May 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This was such an awesome leg burner! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  24. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on May 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It’s so fun that your work does dance recitals! I wish my work did that… but then again, I work in an office that writes software so it might be a little awkward. It just sounds so fun!

  25. Julie on May 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Have a great wedding weekend! Can’t wait to see the recap! Best of luck to Meg & your lil bro. πŸ™‚

  26. kelli on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I tried a barre class a couple weeks ago and loved it! My workouts usually involve HIIT/kettlebell classes, so the slower movements helped me SLOW down and CALM down and focus! Loved it… and am definitely going to try your workout. Thanks!

  27. beachmama on May 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Gina! Just found you . . . your barre workout looks FABULOUS and tough, which is just what I need! I’ll try it tonight.

    I would LOVE for you to come teach here in Bodega Bay. I rarely leave because . . . WHY?! I realize it’s a drive but I’ll bet I could muster a group of interested students for your Zumba and/or barre workouts. My fitness has dropped tremendously since I gave up Jazzersize years ago and then Pilates. I talk to a lot of people on the beach and at the farmer’s market and could gather a list of interested people is this is something you would consider. The Community Center is small so I’d say a max of 12 would work well. We have regular yoga classes but that’s it. Would this be something you’d consider??

    • beachmama on May 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Oh, silly me, I thought you were local!! We’d still love to have you here but understand if you said “no”!! ; )

  28. Caroline on May 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for years and just wanted to say that you look absolutely amazing these days! You definitely inspire me to keep up with my own weight lifting and I’m loving the results I’m seeing in my own body. I just wanted to pop in and say how awesome you are!

  29. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on May 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    The abs are feeling great after this! Thanks, Gina!

  30. Ali on May 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Awesome sequence! I just started taking barre classes at Exhale, and I love them. I’m going to add this to my routine. More, please!

  31. Lauren L. @ Newest Obsession on May 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I just took a break from studying for finals to do this in my living room! I didn’t have time to make it to the gym today, so thank you for posting this. Now I have more energy to keep studying, and I think I even combated my chocolate craving!

    I do a lot of your workouts and I love them all. The videos help with form cues and motivation.

  32. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on May 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I recently tried my first ‘barre’ workout and absolutely loved it! It made my thighs and butt burn like crazzzzzzy and felt like SUCH a good way to mix it up! I’ll try this out ASAP πŸ™‚

  33. Amelia on May 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    loved the barre workout! more please πŸ™‚

  34. Emily on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Barre, yay for this video…now I can try it!

  35. Zoe on May 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you so much for these videos! I’ve been wanting to try Barre for a while, but I can’t afford the classes, so your at home videos are perfect. My legs are feeling it already. Thanks, Gina. I really appreciate the fact that you keep your videos free.

  36. Stacey on June 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    loved it so so much! Love the shortness, means you don’t lose the will to live when it gets a bit tough! would love some more πŸ™‚

  37. Mona on June 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    FABulous Barre Burner workout. This was really nice for my heavier -than-desired legs and belly.
    Wow! Realy good. I found you through eat bird food blog.
    Thanks for all the energy. Mona

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      nice to meet you! so happy you liked the barre burner πŸ™‚

  38. radhi on July 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    i’ve been wanting to know what the barre classes are all about, and this was absolutely perfect! thank you so much for all you do for us πŸ™‚ i only wish i could have you here in atlanta as my fitness instructor!!

    • Fitnessista on July 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      me too!! πŸ™‚ so happy you enjoyed it!

  39. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on August 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I just did this for a quick after-work pick-me-up and it kicked my booty! Just the energizer I needed to avoid the 5pm slump. Thanks, Gina!

  40. Allie Anselmo on February 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I did this workout after a 25-minute booty burning treadmill workout, and I know I’ll be feeling this tomorrow! I’ve also done some of your sweaty monthly workouts and I love the feeling after doing them.

    Thanks for the awesome workout, I can’t wait to try more!

  41. Caylee Johanson on February 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    LOVE THAT BARRE BURNER!!!!! amazing burn πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      so happy you like it!

  42. Lydia H on February 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Gosh, that workout has made me even more appreciative of the rest day yesterday!! Thanks for the sweatiest workout yet – I’m not looking forward to walking tomorrow!!

  43. Brenda on February 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I used my “Swiffer sweeper” for the barre workout! It worked great!

  44. Jessica on October 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Three cheers for more workout quickies, especially barre!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      new one coming at you this thursday! πŸ™‚

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