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So You Want to Start. Taking Barre Classes. by Jessica Smith. August 22, 2014. 3 Comments. Ballet-inspired workouts, also known as barre classes, are very popular right now, and for good reason! Fusing together elements of classical ballet, Pilates, and even yoga, most barre routines are low-impact and help to build balance, increase flexibility, and shape up your entire body.

Barre classes are a lot of fun, they’re often set to great music, and they’ll give you a full body workout in an hour. Are you interested in taking barre but don’t know what you might be getting yourself into? Here’s what to expect during your first barre class. You’ll feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. There are even “barre light” classes for beginners.

You don’t need a tutu or ballet slippers. Instead, dress in comfortable workout clothes and show up to the 60-minute classes prepared to use the. “Barre involves using a student’s own body weight as resistance to work against while, at times, using the ballet barre to hold onto for support or to help stretch muscles,” says Grove. Most barre classes focus on arms, core, legs, and glutes so you can expect a fairly well-rounded toning workout. I’m so glad you gave it another go.

I loved taking Pure Barre with you in LA! Hopefully we can make that happen again �� I had never taken a barre class barefoot until this morning! I went to a “Burn” class, where you need yoga mat and take in a heated room. I loved it!

If you’re new to Pure Barre, our Foundations class is the perfect place to start. Our 50-minute Foundations class is taught in a small group setting where our teacher introduces you to the basic movements of Pure Barre at a slower pace. You’ll learn how our technique works and start to feel the benefits of Pure Barre in less than an hour. My Thoughts: Pure Barre is the class I recommend if you’re looking to work out your lower body. Although they do incorporate an upper body workout, they’re very much into working your abs, glutes, and legs.

There’s cardio incorporated so you will burn calories and get a decent sweat. What You Need to Start Xtend Barre All you need is a sturdy chair and your Openfit subscription and you’re ready to go. If you want even more of a challenge, you can also use some light dumbbells (1–3 lbs.), a small rubber ball, and a resistance band for some of the exercises. The one move you need to know before your first class.

Everything involves the tuck. You perform it by squeezing both your abs and your glutes so that your hips tuck under your body. This one move helps you maintain proper form and give you killer results.

Tons of help. Barre instructors are not just in front of the room leading the class for an hour. Barre class is a highly effective workout and can burn up to 500 calories per session.

On top of torching calories, you should have a longer body from barre in no time — that is, if you’re doing it.

List of related literature:

Naturally the set barre for a beginner class differs from that of an advanced class.

“The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet” by Eliza Gaynor Minden
from The Ballet Companion: A Dancer’s Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet
by Eliza Gaynor Minden
Atria Books, 2007

You will need a barre for the first part of the class.

“Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design” by Gayle Kassing, Danielle Mary Jay
from Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design
by Gayle Kassing, Danielle Mary Jay
Human Kinetics, 2003

Beginners should start the first study of pointes at the barre.

“Basic Principles of Classical Ballet” by Agrippina Vaganova
from Basic Principles of Classical Ballet
by Agrippina Vaganova
Dover Publications, 2012

Barre-based classes have come and gone in popularity over the years.

“Methods of Group Exercise Instruction” by Mary M. Yoke, Carol Armbruster
from Methods of Group Exercise Instruction
by Mary M. Yoke, Carol Armbruster
Human Kinetics, 2019

Start with a class for beginners, and talk to the teacher beforehand about your specific back needs prior to enrolling.

“Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work” by Art Brownstein
from Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work
by Art Brownstein
Gallery Books, 2001

don’t need dumbbells or fancy equipment to get started; you need two cans of soup.

“Acid Alkaline Diet For Dummies” by Julie Wilkinson
from Acid Alkaline Diet For Dummies
by Julie Wilkinson
Wiley, 2012

A newcomer, I did my barre exercises behind the best students, using their bodies and stretches as models.

“Among The White Moonfaces” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
from Among The White Moonfaces
by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Private Limited, 2011

I spent many years avoiding barre chords, and worrying that I wasn’t ready, but my advice to you is to get stuck into them as soon as you are confident with all your beginner techniques.

“Justinguitar.com Vintage Songbook” by Justin Sandercoe
from Justinguitar.com Vintage Songbook
by Justin Sandercoe
Wise Publications, 2013

Even for Pilates veterans, taking a “beginner’s” class every once in a

“Fitness For Dummies” by Suzanne Schlosberg, Liz Neporent
from Fitness For Dummies
by Suzanne Schlosberg, Liz Neporent
Wiley, 2010

And because the barre exercises usually involve raising just one leg, make sure to switch sides very often, so you build strength evenly without tiring out one leg too soon.

“Ballet For Dummies” by Scott Speck, Evelyn Cisneros
from Ballet For Dummies
by Scott Speck, Evelyn Cisneros
Wiley, 2019

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  • Can they create a non applicator tampon? If you’ve ever seen a wave of applicators wash up on a beach, you will never use them again. Love the blog, great message about doing 30 classes in however long it takes… and switch to a menstrual cup!

  • yall complain to much no one is forcing you all to go she’s advertising it and being informative to those who are interested i hate adults who wants things sugar coated those men n women r skinny yes but so what there are others who attend that are larger and or out of shape if you feel “uncomfortable” around skinny people just because then workout at home no ones gonna kiss your ass and tend to your every want in a buisness place you don’t like barre guess what…..dont attend

  • That helped a huge amount. I’m very sporty but this may be something a little more low key to do. Thanks again was short and consise.

  • I did my first barre class today and I wish I saw this video first. Definitely going to binge this series and decide what workouts will suit me best �� Thanks girl!

  • great video for people that new to barre classes. I love Barre on and off. makes me really feel strong. and working muscles I even didn’t know I had! I never had issues with open toe socks! people also wear this slip on shoes or socks that look like balet slippers. I think it’s great and actually pretty addictive to do Barre and yes expensive ops.
    still worth!!!

  • former ballet dancer and plan on taking a barre class after the holidays! This was very helpful as a source of anticipatory guidance that will help reduce my anxiety about what to expect. Thanks so much!

  • What do you do for cardio?? I just finished my intro month at pure barre and signed up for a 6 month contract today:) I just tried empower and (sadly) its the most cardio-ish workout I’ve done other than walking at the trails with our dog. I’ve never been a runner but I know I need some more cardio

  • Wow…do they pick women with the exact same body language, intonation in speech and bubble or is it a byproduct of something or a specific region of the country they yield from or they simply emulate each other from generation to generation? Couldn’t help but notice…not A put down.

  • You keep raising the barre!!I love when you dare to go in to  a new field of experience.You are motivating to us all,even the trolls.Ha!ha!

  • I love these see what it’s like videos! Also I’m pissed that YouTube took you off my subscription list and I missed your last few vids…�� but I’ve got you back on it now!

  • This is a real thing we learned in our non verbal comm class on studying body awareness!! Honestly love this vid so much because like if we work HARD for being healthy and strong, we can appreciate and thank our bodies for what they do and it improves body image a ton! When we are in tune with our body it actually gives us a more realistic body image and awareness of physical boundary instead of having a bunch of negative feelings attached to it! Using our body more = loving our body more!!


  • Hi! I am so impressed! Bravo! I am doing online barre classes and it is keeping me in shape. I miss my hot yoga class and intend to combine both workouts:)

  • I did Pure Barre for almost 2 years till I got bored of it but I quit mostly because it’s expensive! You don’t have to have dance experience at all. It’s a great low impact workout. The studio I went to discouraged shorts or open toe socks. They were strict. It’s a lot harder than you think because you use muscles till failure and you work muscles you never knew you had. They want you to shake. Movements are restricted to 1” to 2” movements. Best thing about barre is it’s a great workout super low impact.

  • I saw a few of my female Facebook friends talking about Pure Barre. They’re all very attractive and already fit ladies. Even though the video says it can be for everybody, it seems like it’s for already fit and attractive young girls where they can all congregate and exercise while looking hot.

  • So interesting how you said you feel Most Beautiful after a barre workout. When I briefly took ballet as an adult, it was a full hour class…about 40 mins of barre work, 20 of floor work, and then a brief ‘wind-down’ exercise. After that class, I felt I was floating on air…and yes’, I felt ‘beautiful’. No other exercise or yoga class makes me feel ‘beautiful’. Course, I suppose it was all the delicate moves…the pretty ballet outfits, the live pianist, that also helped create that feeling for me, in that class.

    Anyway, thanks for your video… I liked how genuine it was… like a REAL PERSON (gasp!) 😉

  • I have been doing barre classes via alomove app. I alternate my days: one day is for barre (different classes so not all the same move) and finish off with 10 mins ab exercises, the next day is resistance training and finish off with 15 mins rowing on the rowing machine. I also cut down my carb and sugar a lot and replace them with protein and fibers. I do see the difference in my body….. my ab is getting more defined and I feel much stronger. think you need to combine this kind of work out with diet to see the most result.

  • I love this. I recently started doing barre after not doing it for so long and just three days my body looks the same of course but I feel so much better about it than I did

  • just do pilates or yoga. If you have the money to do this shit, then you have money to do actual workouts.
    yoga isn’t workouts, but it’s nice meditation and you work your core a little. pilates is a real good exercise.
    (source: I’m a female teenager and I do both, along with lyrical and pointe.)

  • What a great workout! I had knee surgery a year ago and am just able to get back into doing squats. Great workout for your whole body without a lot of jumping and hurting your joints!!! Plus what a great team you girls are!! Will definitely continue this workout!

  • Most men (all ages) appreciate a beautiful woman but the old saying is as true as ever. Beauty is only skin deep. There are way too many YT videos on beauty (especially women) and not enough emphasis on mental health. Most relationships break because of a fault in the mental or psychological comparability of the partners.

  • Thanks for the tips, they are all great! Going to my 5th (Barre Code) class tomorrow and already everything you said is spot on. The best way I can think of to describe barre is…. you want it to be over when you are doing it, but as soon as the class is over, you want to do it again! ��

  • Love your vids! I followed saw you on insta and looked through some of your photos and we actually go to the same gym. It’s kind of funny considering how small it is and how big Edmonton is. Keep doing you and let’s hope that summer hurries up!!!

  • I think sometimes you feel more confident when you realise what your body is able to do. And not what it looks like. I love this video♥️

  • As a fellow edmontonian, I really love you and your videos because it is places I can actually go and try for my self but I also love your personality and your video editing is awesome!

  • Pure Barre is the best class you can think. I am overweight but I do exercise so I don’t consider myself out of place. However, the workout is much harder than my expectactions but I loved it. I am foreign and people are nice. I never felt out of place in the class and my instructor are awesome. They seem to help everyone and correct my workout if I am doing it wrong! I think if you want to tone your body, this is the correct class!!! this is the best workout I have ever taken in my entire life! I have never done ballet or yoga. It is a little harder for me but I thrilled with the results. I have taken 9 classes and I can see it already.

  • girrrl that brand of tampons is so bad for youleads to pcos, infertility, and other reproduction system issues. always get organic tampons free of pesticides and dyes! (same goes for condoms dont get regular brands the only nitrosamine free condom right now is by this brand called sustain) to all the ladies! be mindful of these products.

  • I did 5 classes. I also ate a whole chicken every day. What is an India? +/Case sensitivity does matter in philosophy. A germ. Obtuse purple is veridity.

  • “Without bulking”Yes because if a woman so much as looks at a barbell she’ll instantly turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger. Such a silly myth and kind of a shame that it’s being pushed by people who should know better.

  • This was so great! I am a barre instructor and I’ve loved barre for 20 years! Even 3-4 classes/week would bring results. This was quite an achievement!

  • I have a horrible time finding a good sports bra because my girls are all over the place as well…do you have some that you would recommend? Thanks

  • I signed up for classes at a local facility, and the comments below are 100% correct. I felt out of place and embarrassed. I could not do most of the exercises and the instructor offered no modifications. I wanted to walk out but I paid so much for the classes I decided to stay. The class was full of very young very fit ladies. There were no other people there who looked like me. If you are in good physical shape already and you are ust looking for a new interesting way to stay toned this is for you. If you are looking to get in shape, a newbie to exercise programs do not start with pure barre.

  • LOL that is telling world your on rag. No jk understand what you mean working out helps ppl think better bout there self but think seen some better body change in you so did you keep wor outs up until now?

  • Thank you for your honest content! I started doing barre a month ago and I love going to my barre studio, I enjoy the community. And we just started 20 classes in 31 days challenge, and I did the first class today, and I’ll be going tomorrow, and I cannot wait.