My Favorite Equipment for At-Home Barre Workouts

So you’ve decided at-home workouts are for you and now you want to know where to get started!  For me, creating an effective at-home workout is all about having the right equipment.  While you can definitely get an amazing workout at home with no equipment, I love adding a little extra resistance, support and interest by adding in some fun equipment.  Today I have my favorite equipment for at-home barre workouts.

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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!

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Barre Week 2015

Hi friends! Although I’ve been blogging since 2012 and have posted thousands of posts with tons of information and thoughts, my most popular posts by far are a collection of posts I put together in early 2013 when I decided to make one random week Barre Week. I dedicated an entire week to one of my favorite forms of exercise. While I still love these posts, I decided they needed a major update. So many new classes and products have hit the market and I want to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. So without further adieu, welcome to Barre Week 2015!

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I’m kicking off the week with the Best Barre Resources!  These resources will help you if you are new to this form of exercise, want to know more about this kind of exercise or maybe you are pregnant and are looking for a great workout.  Check out these resources for all your barre-related questions!

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New and Notable: The Fitness Edition

Hi all!  It seems like lately I’ve been doing a ton of recaps on this, that and everything!  As a result, all these small details have been pushed aside and are patiently waiting for me to let them out!  Well, today is the day!  *Warning!* This is going to be a random post, so read on only if you dare!

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Gratuitous flower photo to go with the randomness of this post!

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Best Online Workouts: Physique 57

Hi there!  In my third installment of the Best Online Workouts, I’m highlighting a well-known favorite, Physique 57.  I’ve discussed their online classes before but since this series is focusing only on the Best Online Workouts, I had to include them again!

Physique launched their online workouts at the end of 2012 and they offer the best of my favorite classes!  Right now on Physique 57’s website you can select from 5 options: Physique F.I.T. (Focused Interval Training), Physique Cardio (which I tried in studio and reviewed here), Physique Prenatal, Physique Classic 57 minute workout (also on DVD), and Physique Thigh and Seat Booster (also on DVD).  My favorite are the Physique Cardio and Physique F.I.T., which offer fantastic new and challenging workouts.  I already own the DVDs featured in the Classic class and the Thigh and Seat Booster, but if you are looking to try out the DVDs without the commitment, go ahead and give them a try online!

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Physique Cardio is 26 minutes long and offers non-stop Physique moves meant to raise your heart rate and tone your body.  The only equipment you need in this workout is a heavy piece of furniture to simulate a ballet barre and a mat.  My heart rate range from 135-170 in this class and I burned about 226 calories.  It’s challenging but not impossible!

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Physique F.I.T. is 33 minutes and utilizes light weights (3lbs is plenty heavy!), a playground ball and a mat.  Expect work your thighs, arms, seat and abs often simultaneously!  This is a tough workout but very effective!  I burned over 250 calories in this class.

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What I loved about both these classes is that they utilize the principles that make Physique 57 so popular but they stray away from the Physique formula, which is a nice change if you are comfortable with the formula because it keeps both your mind and your body guessing.  Personally, I pair these two classes together to make a one hour class for a max calorie burn of 500 calories!!

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The only drawback to the Physique online classes is that there are not more of them!  They have not been updated since they launched in 2012 so fingers crossed Physique will add some more some time soon!

Classes are $5 for 48 hours or $57 a month for unlimited classes.