How It Works
Pliés, relevés, and sauté jumps don't just look graceful, the ballet moves also lengthen and strengthen muscles and burn calories.
Ballet-inspired classes like Pure Barre, Bar Method, and Balletone are a popular workout trend that incorporates moves from ballet, Pilates, and yoga to upbeat music.
Many gyms offer ballet-inspired fitness classes, and barre studios offer classes for overall conditioning as well as targeted workouts for abs, thighs, or glutes. 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 ballet barre to do the movements your teacher shows you.
Some classes also use small balls, resistance bands, and hand weights to do floor work. The low-impact workout focuses on proper alignment.