8 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Start Doing Barre

Barre classes are a favourite amongst beginners, pros, models and celebrities alike. Why? The low-impact conditioning class combines the movement of ballet, the strengthening of pilates and the stretching of yoga—all within one 45-minute class.

If you’re not familiar, you might be thinking, What’s barre? It’s basically a super-energising whole-body workout that’s great for everyone from beginners to pros. Each class works to build alignment, strengthen your core and tone and elongate muscles. Think all the body benefits of a ballet dancer—without actually having to attempt a plié.

The actual “barre” in class is used as a prop to help you balance, leaving you to focus on isometric strength exercises (i.e., holding your body still while you contract a small and specific set of muscles). The movements might be small, but trust us—you’ll feel the burn.

But unlike more obvious (read: sweaty) workouts like HIIT, boxing or spin, it’s hard to know what to expect from and the effects it can have on your body. From improved posture to reduced stress, there are tonnes of benefits of that target not only your body but also your mind.