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Best Barre Workouts At Home

  • October 7, 2015
  • By Brittany
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Best Barre Workouts At Home

Hi all!  Hope you are all enjoying barre week and the roundup of the Best Barre Studios from yesterday.  Today I wanted to provide an update on the guide I created two years ago about the Best Barre Workouts At Home.  When I made the list two years ago, I was relying solely on DVDs but these days, DVDs are kind of becoming old fashioned and the newest format to take the fitness world by storm are online videos.  BUT there are still some amazing DVDs out there so I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite DVDs and online classes to give you guys the best of the best (as if I would offer anything less).  Today we will be focusing on the Best Online Barre Classes and tomorrow we’ll be discussing DVDs!

Best Online Barre Classes

Balance Barre Fitness

I thought about not including my own barre classes in this list of the best at home barre workouts, but I realized that I would not only be selling myself short, I’d be ignoring the fact that I truly believe in my method.  I really think that I have something special and I hope you do too!

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What I love about Balance Barre Fitness is that it not only has full-length videos you can stream from your laptop or device, it also offers live streaming classes.  So you can take a live class with me experiencing the same moves, cues and music I would use in a regular class.  It’s the atmosphere of a group fitness class in your own home!  Plus, there is an option where I can see and hear you just as you can see and hear me so I can provide you with important form corrections and tips.

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In addition to barre, I also offer pilates videos and have a few more projects up my sleeves in the months to come.  Because I know you are working out at home, I try to vary the equipment needed for each video or class.  Some classes require no equipment, while others require some equipment you might typically have around the house, while others require special equipment like a magic circle or step.  I try to keep things varied and interesting so you never get bored. 

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One thing that sets Balance Barre apart from all other online barre programs is that in addition to full-length regular classes, I also offer pre- and post-natal classes including Babies at the Barre where you can workout with your little one!  I think that is a pretty unique feature, especially since I found barre to be an absolute lifesaver during my pregnancy.

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The best thing about it all is that is is only $9.99 per month, check it out!

Barre3

Barre3 makes it to the top of this list because they have an extensive library with a wide range of classes. I love how they offer a wide range of lengths from 10 minutes to 60 minutes so if you only have a little bit of time or you want a half or full class, there is an option for you.

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Barre3 is also focused on offering a wide range of focuses for their classes, although I find them to be generally similar, they like to focus on themes like barre for runners, bouncing back after an injury, travel, energizing, etc.  While most of the classes use the same equipment (chair, weights, ball and yoga mat), there are classes that require no or less equipment, which is great if you are limited in your supplies.

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The full-length classes are generally very accurate in terms of how a live class feels and the moves you would expect to see.  I sometimes find that online classes can be a little bit easier than the actual live class, but in this case I think it hits right on point.  Also, there are always modifications offered so if you are recovery from an injury or new to exercise, barre3 is a good pick for you.

Physique 57

I was so excited when Physique 57 launched their online classes because I love their in-studio classes.  And just like their studio classes, their online classes are high quality.  

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The only drawback is that most of the classes are only 30 minutes and I would love to see some full-length classes.  And at $57 per month, it is definitely the most pricey option.  But the classes are non-stop and challenging. Plus the music for this videos is actually pretty good, which is not easy when publishing videos to the web!  The Physique 57 DVDs are also included in your online membership so no need to get both.

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The library started out fairly small but luckily Physique has been expanding it regularly so be on the lookout for new classes.  The classes are extremely varied with focus on cardio, abs, stretching, traditional class, no equipment classes, biceps and buns or yoga meets barre.  You’ll never get bored or work the same muscle the same way!

Barre Amped

Barre Amped is a new one for me but it makes the list because it has a large library and includes a ton of workouts beyond just barre like pilates and HIIT.  The classes are extremely challenging.

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There are various length classes so it is perfect if you don’t have a ton of time.  Also, founder Suzanne Bowen has a really likable personality and her attitude helps the time fly by.  Her style is based on traditional barre technique but she amps it up with some athletic moves and her classes often include cardio benefits. 

Bar Method

If you enjoy Bar Method’s studio classes, you will love their online classes.  Most of the classes are full-length but there are some express 20 minute classes.  The full-length classes are just like the Bar Method studio classes.  Each class has a focus like sports training, which really helps you visualize the work you are doing.

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One of my favorite parts of the Bar Method online is that each class lists out the moves in the video and discussed the benefits of the moves.  I absolutely love that!  Sometimes we lose sight of why we are doing the moves so this is a great reminder.

These videos do require a bit of equipment and subscriptions are a little pricey at $35 per month, but overall these classes are high quality and worth the investment.

Readers, do you prefer online workouts or DVDs?  What’s your favorite at-home workout?  Which of these would you like to try?

See also:

The Best Barre Studios

The Best Barre DVDs

The Best Barre Resources

Barre Playlist

Barre Moves for Beginners

By Brittany, October 7, 2015
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