Strength barre workout

Hi! Happy humpday to ya. Anything fun on the agenda? Liv and I are off on a little adventure this morning. 🙂

In the meantime, I wanted to share a new barre burner I put together. I’m a huge fan of changing up my strength training routines, and I especially love that barre workouts, while using light weights, efficiently fatigue the muscles. There’s a great mix of compound movements (working multiple muscle groups at the same time) and tempo variations. It’s a strategy that I like to use in my own workouts outside the studio, and I’ve found that it’s a great way to keep things exciting and keep my body guessing.

Here’s the workout, which is only eight minutes and can be completed up to three times.

You could also combine it with this barre burner, this ab burner, and this HIIT workout to get in a killer total body and cardio workout at home. All you need is a pair of dumbbells or something to use for resistance!

Bare strength 1 of 1

(and no worries, we don’t do any weird moves like the photo above heheh)

A challenge for you today, even if you don’t try the video: add in some tempo variations at the end of today’s workout. Start with full range of motion (10), tiny pulses (10) and a static hold. Let me know what you did and how it worked out for you 🙂 And if you try the barre video, shout it out in the comments! I always love to hear your feedback and future workouts you’d like to see here on ye ol’ blog.

Have an amazing day <3



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  1. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    The fun thing on my agenda is we’re headed to a friend’s for dinner and everyone is bringing their dogs for a puppy play date! The unfun thing is that we lost power for 12 hours from a storm, but thankfully it’s back on (and all of my groceries didn’t spoil)!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

      that’s good! and that party sounds like such a blast 🙂

  2. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on July 9, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I went to my first barre class on Sunday. It was intense, definitely harder than I thought it was going to be.

    I’m looking forward to doing this workout when I get home from school today.

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

      let me know how it goes!

  3. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on July 9, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Ohh I’m definitely going to try this! I love the movements in barre, but it’s hard to make it to the classes! This is perfect!

  4. Brynn on July 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I just came home from my morning walk with my pup and wanted to do some toning. I gave this a whirl and wowoza, feel the burn! Loved it! Did the routine three times and feel awesome!

  5. Becky@TheSavedRunner on July 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I would love to try a barre class sometime! I’ve heard such great things about it. I will have to try your workout!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      let me know what you think! 🙂

  6. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Great workout! I love barre so much!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I was just over at Julie’s blog reading about barre, and then I came here and read about barre. Now I’m really craving a barre workout! haha

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      dooooo it haha

  8. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I love Barre workouts. I wish I could find more time to fit it in my schedule. It really does burn!

  9. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Love barre burners! Can’t wait to try!

  10. Andrea on July 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I am very intrigued by barre. I was wondering if you could give more info on how barre fits in with more traiditional strength training. Does it require at least 48 hours between workouts the way lifting weights does? Can it replace strength training? How do you incorporate both barre and strength training into a fitness routine? Have you noticed any increase (or decrease) in your strength since doing barre? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

      awesome questions! i’ll do a reader’s request post on that next week 🙂
      i’ve noticed my endurance has increased since barre exercises are high rep. for my other classes and for running, barre has helped to strengthen areas that are usually very weak for me (like inner thigh and glute medius). you can do barre every day, but i think the results and recovery are better if you take a day off in between. hope this helps a little!

      • Carrie on July 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

        I was wondering the same thing. I want to incorporate a barre workout, maybe two, during the week, but when I lift, I normally lift heavy and intensely. Lately, I have been doing German Body Comp workouts twice a week, in addition to a sprint day and sometimes a yoga day. How would it fit in with those types of workouts, because they seem so different (at least to me!).

        Also, a Focus On post on Germany Body Comp or similar workouts would be fantastic! 😉 Always love learning new things on your blog.

  11. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on July 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    How did you know I was just trying to put together a barre-esque leg workout for today? 🙂 Thanks, friend…definitely giving this a try!

  12. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love trying new at home workouts! Cant wait to test this one out!

  13. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Great workout! I love barre workouts and can’t wait to try this!!

  14. Alex @ Kenzie Life on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Love the yoga + barre move 😉 Also, I love that rug!!

  15. april on July 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    after my hip injury heals, i’d love to check out a barre class! it looks intense, but i’m craving that kind of workout at the moment 🙂

    the fun thing on my agenda is meeting up with three of my best girlfriends later tonight! so excited for a long overdue hangout 🙂

  16. Vera on July 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that you are looking especially fit and amazing lately…whatever you are doing, is certainly working in your favour!! Can’t lie, i am a little bit jealous 😉

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      wow, just brightened my day. thank you! <3

    • nickee on July 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Totally agree with Vera! You always looked great but its even more so now (I didn’t think it was possible). Major envy 😉 Love your blog.

  17. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on July 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this video! I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  18. Kelli on July 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Totally not trying to toot my own horn but from someone who does heavy weights (15-20 pd)do you suggest going that light ? I keep reading about barre and a barre studio just opened by us want to try it!!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      yep! i usually lift 15-20 lb dumbbells and for barre, i use 4 lbs at class, sometimes dropping to 3 lbs 🙂

  19. Amy on July 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Awesome! I will be trying this tomorrow!

  20. Cayla on July 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    This was the first time I tried a barre workout, I did both of the ones you posted. Dripping in sweat!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      awesome!!! 🙂

  21. Laura on July 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Just did this workout! Loved it! Boy my thighs were burning (despite being a regular runner). Love barre workouts for that exact reason. Can’t wait to see the next one you post!

  22. Michelle on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Did the video and loved it. Only 1 time through because I also did SSU 4 and some HIIT. I was feeling really good today, what can I say. Now I am hoping to walk without grimacing tomorrow!

  23. Lisa on July 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Gina – thank you so much for this weeks workouts – I can’t wait to try this one in the AM. I’m still feeling the HIIT one I did on Sunday 🙂 Regards, Lisa

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      so happy you’re enjoying them!!

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