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What is a Barre Class?

Updated: Jan 30

Have you seen or heard of Barre? Maybe you've heard of Pure Barre, or Barre Booty, or Barre3. These are all large fitness organizations that have studios in various places and specialize in slightly different versions of Barre fitness.

At The Whole Plate Studio, I teach beginner and intermediate Barre classes as well!

But what is it?

Barre fitness is a hybrid workout class that combines ballet-inspired moves/terminology with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and strength training. Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies and releves and emphasize large muscle groups such as core, upper body, and legs.

Barre typically implements high repetitions of small range movements. Muscles in each group are fatigued via small targeted movements and often use light weights or resistance. (Example: pulsing in a squat to target glutes and quads, performing high reps of triceps kickbacks with accompanying leg extensions, and extended plank segments.)

Barre classes use are low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to strengthen your full body in a unique way.

What are the benefits of Barre fitness?

  1. Increased flexibility and mobility.

  2. Increased muscle strength.

  3. Improved endurance (positions are held for a long time and exhaust reps with minimal weights).

  4. Gentle on joints (no jumping)

  5. Better posture

  6. Great for cross training

Barre is for everyone: you do NOT have to be a dancer or super fit to start. It is very beginner-friendly and adaptable to different ability and skill levels. Classes do move quickly, and you are guaranteed to hit muscles you have never noticed before.

Interested in taking a class with me?

Email me at if you have questions!

(also available: Pilates and Stretch and Mobility)

Interested in 1:1 personal training? Book a consult to get started!

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