This workout's
for you if...

  • you want to tighten up your booty, thighs and core
  • you prefer a slow pace (but still need your butt kicked)
  • you’re pregnant
  • you like to make new friends

Barre

The Basics

What started as a ballerina’s idea to add dance conditioning to her injury rehab has now become one of the fastest-growing workouts in the fitness world. The ballet-inspired exercise took what was first marketed to nimble dancers and morphed it into something that appeals to a broader audience. No dance experience — or even rhythm — is required.

Barre is ideal for those looking for improved posture, muscle definition, weight loss, increased flexibility and reduced stress. It’s a low-impact activity accommodating virtually any age and fitness level, even expectant mothers.

Workouts include arm exercises and lower-body moves at the dancer’s barre while light weights or exercise balls are introduced into some exercises, depending on the workout. One distinguishing feature of barre is the importance of small movements; just one-inch increments measure progress and promote muscle elasticity without tearing. Most movements also engage multiple muscle groups, allowing for an efficient, full-body workout.

BONUS

Shaking is not only to be expected at a barre class, it’s a badge of honor! Holding positions contracts the muscles, and as they fatigue, muscles tremble. It’s a sign that the exercise is having the desired effect and that you’re working hard to earn it.

The Gear

  • For all you workout gear junkies out there, ZenStudio and Pure Barre both have in-store boutiques that carry some of the top barre, pilates and yoga fashion lines in the country. Keep an eye out for these brands:

    Pure Barre
  • Pure Barre
  • Nux Activewear
  • Alo Yoga
  • Onzie
  • Beyond Yoga
  • Tavi Noir

    ZenStudio
  • Beyond Yoga
  • Alo Yoga
  • Spiritual Gangster
  • Feetures
  • Toe Sox

The Lingo

Tuck
A signature barre move, pulling your hips forward and up while contracting your abs backward

Pulse
Repeating quick, small movements into a held position

Proper posture
Ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over heels

Resources

BARRE CLASSES

Blue Yoga Nyla
North Little Rock

Clubhaus Fitness
Little Rock
Classes: Balance Barre

IM=X Pilates
Little Rock
Classes: IM=X Pilates barre classes incorporate Pilates fundamentals

Irby Studio of Dance
Little Rock, Conway & Morrilton
Classes: Ballet barre for children

Little Rock Athletic Club
Little Rock
Classes: Barre, Cardio Barre

Little Rock Racquet Club
Little Rock
Classes: Barre

McClure Fitness
Benton & Little Rock
Classes: Barre Body

North Little Rock Athletic Club
North Little Rock
Classes: Barre

Pure Barre
Little Rock
Classes: Special classes and in studio and out of studio events offered monthly

Rock City Dance Center
Little Rock
Classes: Ballet

ZenStudio Fitness Boutique
two locations in Little Rock
Classes: BarreAmped

The Time

60

minutes

The Burn

Up to

500

calories per hour class
*Average sourced from LiveStrong.com