should you set up your home gym in your garage? here's what you need to know
should you buy a peloton? here's how to decide
tell me more
I'm Mickie. I run One Strong Southern Girl from Small Town, TN. I love what I do. I want you to remember me because I helped changed your life.
Barre fitness is a hybrid workout class – combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches. Barre also focuses on high reps of small range movements. But the real difference between barre and other workouts are the isometric movements you usually perform – holding your body still while you contract specific muscles, until you shake and feel the burn!–Cosmopolitan
I’ve reviewed hundreds of home workout programs and this list is a collection of my top recommendations for barre workouts. Each of these programs is barre at heart but presented in a way that’s unique to each instructor and program. I encourage you to try each one and experience how fun and challenging barre workouts are and how to fit them into your own workout calendar.
My favorite part of barre is that these routines increase your flexibility, coordination and balance while strengthening your arms, legs and core.
I also love that barre workouts are low-impact, ideal for any level of exerciser and use very little (if any) equipment.
And one more thing you need to know about barre–you’ll feel graceful, strong and beautiful after every workout. I love that.
Not every barre workout uses equipment but here’s a list of accessories you’ll see in some of the programs mentioned below:
A stool or chair (waist to mid-chest height)
*Buy the other tools before you buy this one. It’s the least used.
Let’s dive in (these are in no particular order)
*The free trial periods are unique for each program listed below and range from 7-14 days. Some of the links below are affiliate links. I will receive a commission from these brands if you go on to make a purchase.
Elise Joan is the instructor of the Barre Blend program inside of the Beachbody on Demand library.
She’s authentic and professional and we fell in love with her.
Elise Joan created this 8-week barre-style workout program that progresses in difficulty through each of the 4 phases. The program is ideal for the beginning barre exerciser because there’s a true progression in difficulty over each week.
If you’re already a pro at barre you can dive in to Barre Blend at any phase.
Elise shares a daily affirmation at the beginning of each workout and incorporates it into the routine. It sounds a little corny but works beautifully.
The routines in Barre Blend are 30-40 minutes long and there are 40 different workouts.
Click here to read my full review of Barre Blend.
Cost: $99/year after the free trial (you can also pay quarterly or biannually)
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Beachbody on Demand so you can try Barre Blend
Andrea Rogers is the pro instructor in every Xtend Barre workout in the Open Fit streaming library.
Andrea is passionate about her workouts and it’s contagious. We loved her energy and ballet style.
The Xtend Barre workouts are a blend of cardio and ballet barre. Andrea Rogers mixes her dance background with the elements of barre to bring you dynamic challenging workouts.
With a membership to Open Fit you’ll get the full workout library of XB Pilates routines that are also lead by Andrea Rogers.
There are 30 barre workouts in the Xtend Barre program that are various lengths.
Cost: $14.99/month after your free trial ends
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Open Fit so you can try Xtend Barre
Jill Dailey is the founder of The Dailey Method. And has taught instructors across the country her method to implement in studios across the country.
Inside of the Dailey Method online studio you’ll see workouts lead by Jill herself as well as some of her master instructors.
The Dailey Method is a total body low-impact workout with a focus on each muscle group as well as flexibility.
There’s a strong emphasis on core stabilization and proper form and alignment during each workout.
The Dailey Method online library has over 150 workouts that are 15-45 minutes in length.
Cost: $20/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of the Dailey Method
There are various master Les Mills instructors that take you through each ballet barre workout in the Les Mills on Demand library.
The ballet barre workouts by Les Mills have a strong emphasis on the ballet elements of barre and some of the instructors are professional ballet dancers.
If you grew up taking ballet lessons (or just wanting to) then you’ll love these workouts.
Every Les Mills workout has incredible music and the ballet barre routines are no exception.
If you sign up for Les Mills on demand so you can try these routines you’ll be getting access to a full range of workout styles including Body Pump, step aerobics, HiiT workouts, Yoga and more.
There are over 30 barre routines in the Les Mills on demand library (with more added regularly) that are as short as 12 minutes and as long as 45 minutes.
Click here to read our full review of Les Mills on Demand
Cost: $14.99/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Les Mills on Demand so you can try Ballet Barre
There are a few different instructors inside the Alo Moves library that teach barre workouts.
Each of them has their own workout personality and puts a unique (and challenging) spin on their barre workout.
You’ll find different barre workouts in collections inside the Alo Moves on demand library of workouts: barre toning, barre burn, power barre, barre sport and barre strong.
Alo specializes in yoga so when you sign up for a membership to Alo Moves to try out the barre workouts you’ll also be getting access to a huge library of yoga (and other workout styles) as well.
There are over 60 barre routines from 15 minutes up to an hour in length.
Click here to read our full review of Alo Moves
Cost: $20/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Alo Moves
This video tells you what to expect if you go to a studio and do a Pure Barre workout but the information about the class structure applies to the on demand workouts as well.
There are a variety of instructors that lead the Pure Barre workouts that have all been trained in the Pure Barre method.
Pure Barre prides itself on being classic barre:
“Pure Barre offers an effective total body workout focused on low-impact, high intensity movements that lift and tone muscles to improve strength, agility and flexibility for every body. Our techniques are made up of a thoughtful series of small, controlled movements that isolate and target specific muscle groups – arms, thighs, seat, and abs.“–PureBarre.com
If you love the Pure Barre studio workouts then you’ll love the on demand option as well.
The workouts inside the Pure Barre Go library are 5-60 minutes long. There are hundreds of routines inside the on demand library.
Cost: $29.99/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Pure Barre Go
There are a variety of male and female instructors who teach the barre classes you’ll see inside the Obé fitness on demand library.
Every barre workout takes place inside one of the Obé signature glowing studios.
The Obé barre classes focus on building strength and endurance while combining elements of dance training and ballet technique.
The best thing about the Obé barre workouts is that when you sign up for an Obé on demand membership you’ll get access to over 5,000 additional workouts in their library.
There are over 100 barre workouts of different intensities inside the Obé streaming workout library. You’ll find routines 15-45 minutes long.
Cost: $27/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Obé
There are various instructors leading the classes inside the Physique 57 on demand library.
Each instructor teaches the unique method used in the Physique 57 studios located in New York, Connecticut, Dubai, India and Bagkok.
“Physique 57 is a high intensity, low impact workout program that uses your own body weight as resistance. It is as safe as it is fun and effective. Interval Overload is our secret to delivering unmatched results. Our propriety process combines interval training (sprint, recovery) and strength training (targeted muscle exertion to maximize sculpting) through innovative and energizing exercise sequences. Not only will you transform your physique, but our workouts will empower you to push beyond your mental and physical limits. It’s not easy, but that’s exactly why it works..“–Physique57.com
There are over 300 workouts that are 5-60 minutes long.
Cost: $24.99/month after your free trial period
Click here to sign up for your free trial of Physique 57
My review of the Tracy Anderson Method
Great post! Can you please tell me which one is the most similar to Barre Blend and whether you’ve found another on demand barre workout that resembles Beachbody’s. Because I am absolutely inlove with it!
get it now
Don't waste another minute trying to piece together all the right workouts and equipment for the 'perfect' plan. Download a blueprint with all the steps in one place.
Take me to the quiz
Get matched with the on-demand library that aligns with your workout style, equipment and goals by answering a few questions!
+ view comments . . .