What is Barre?

Barre was created by a ballerina named Lotte Berk. She got the idea to combine her ballet routines with her rehabilitative therapy after a back injury in 1959. For this reason the names of each move in barre are derived from ballet terminology.

There have been many times that I have heard people say that when they hear the word Barre they think of ballerinas and routined dancing. While there are some Barre classes like that, not all are created equally. There are many different styles of Barre Fitness; including Ballet Barre, Cardio Barre, Barre Bounce (trampoline), TRX Barre (suspension) and more.

Barre is a full body, low impact workout that blends elements of different exercises such as ballet, yoga, and pilates. If done correctly it will improve posture and alignment while strengthening your hips, core, and glutes.

The main difference between barre and other workouts are the isometric movements that are frequently performed. Isometric movements are when you hold your body still while you contract specific muscles. The muscles in each group are fatigued via small targeted movements, high repetition, and light weight or resistance. Focusing on a target muscle using small and controlled movements. Most sections of each barre class are paired with stretching to increase overall flexibility and mobility.

Barre workouts are great for beginner and also a good cross-training option to pair with other exercises like running, cycling, or weight lifting. They strengthen the muscles needed for these exercises without being too stressful on the body.