If you ever dreamt of being a ballerina—or at least, dreamed of being as strong and/or as flexible as a ballerina—you’re in luck. Instead of having to schlep to (and pay for) a dance class, you can now get everything you need for a ballet-level strength right in the comfort of your living room.
YouTube is bursting with barre videos that cost exactly 0 bucks—which is much, much cheaper than the usual 20 to 30 dollars per class that most studios charge—and offer ballet-based workouts that you can do without an actual barre (unless, ya know, you happen to have one of those lying around at home). All you have to do is sub in a chair or table to hold onto in order to keep your form in tact and get to plié-ing.
Barre workouts might be light on cardio, but they’re an A-plus way to sculpt and strengthen muscles using teeny, tiny movements that will leave your legs shaking, for real. But instead of trying to first, second, and third-position on your own, here are seven videos worth pulling on some white tights and a leotard for. You’re welcome.
1. Holabird Sports Cardio Blasting Barre Workout
Part floor, part barre, this 27-minute series will give you a full taste of what would normally happen in a boutique studio class.
2. Full-Body Barre Workout
For a barre workout that will leave your arms, abs, ass, and everything in between burning, look no further than Coach Kel. Her videos will give you equal parts cardio and toning, and you’ll for sure be feeling it the next day.
3. Fit by Larie 25-minute Barre Workout
Only have 25 minutes to spare? Grab a chair and a set of free weights and let Fit by Larie take you through her ballet-inspired sculpt series.
4. Full-Length Total Body Barre Workout
Strengthen, lengthen, and tone your muscles with absolutely zero equipment—leg warmers optional, but encouraged.
5. Beach Barre Workout With Renée Herlocker
Giving an entirely new meaning to the phrase “beach bar(re).” Summer, here you come.
6. Follow Along Barre for Beginners
New to barre? Give it a first-time try with this slow-follow class, which will help even the earliest beginner feel like a legit ballerina.
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