Back by popular request, I’ve got a super fun Full Body Barre Fusion Workout for you today!
I love barre workouts (here’s a link to ALL the barre workouts on the blog) and always incorporate my own spin on things to help align our bodies straight and strong, improve posture, and increase strength which is just what you’ll get today!
If you have been here a while, then you know every workout we do has amazing benefits for not only our bodies but our minds as well.
And Barre is no different!
Top 4 reasons I recommend Barre Style Workouts:
ONE: Improved core strength and muscle stabilization. Having a strong core is super important when it comes to moving well and staying free of injuries. When you lack core strength, your chances of getting injured increases. Rather than using the correct muscles for the movement, your body has to compensate by recruiting and relying on other muscles thus potentially leading to injury (1).
TWO: Greater flexibility and range of motion: Flexibility is so important for living a long, healthy life. As we age, a decrease in activity leads to a tendency to lose flexibility. When you do movements like Barre, you are able to increase your range of motion and create more space in your muscles, increasing your circulatory capacity and your body’s ability to grow supple, smooth muscle more effectively (2).
THREE: Improved mind-body connection. The isometric moves done in Barre workouts call for you to be more connected to the movement so your awareness of your body grows. This awareness helps activate and strengthen the muscles that typically go underused and underdeveloped such as your glutes (3).
Your mind-body connection also goes a long way to reducing stress, building confidence and giving you a little more swagger in your stride 🙂 Ok, that last one’s not science but it works for me! The bottom line is that anytime we’re more consciously tuned into our body, the more present we can be amidst the chaos of daily life.
FOUR: Improved posture and balance. Good posture helps maintain correct form during your workouts and balances key muscle groups allowing you to move better and have more stability in your life overall (4)!
Remember, it’s the challenging space where the most change happens. Stay present in your body and notice that even when it’s hard you are still doing it. You are powerful!
Grab some light weights or a couple of water bottles, your mat and a chair to use for balance. Stay tuned for a special message from me right after your workout about body image, how my body changes throughout the year, and what I feel about the way we look at ourselves ❤️
Full Body Barre Fusion
Sumo Squat to Reach Overhead Reach
- Lunge Pulse (Left)
- Leg Extension to Lunge (Left)
- Leg Extension Pulses (Left)
- 45- Degree Angle Leg Extension (Left)
- Calf Raise to Reverse Lunge
- Chair Sit Pulses
- Chair Sit Arm Kickbacks
- Alternating Sumo Squat with Bicep Curl
- Chair Sit on Toes with Hammer Curl
- Lunge Pulse (Right)
- Leg Extension to Lunge (Right)
- Leg Extension Pulses (Right)
- 45- Degree Angle Leg Extension (Right)
- Deep Sumo Squat Hold
- Sumo Squat Shoulder Press
- Sumo Squat Pulses with Heel Lift (Right)
- Sumo Squat Pulses with Heel Lift (Left)
- Sumo Squat Hold with Alternating Heel Lift
- Sumo Squat Hold with Alternating Heel Lift add Chest Press
- Chair Figure Four (Left)
- Chair Fire Hydrants (Left)
- Chair Figure Four (Right)
- Chair Fire Hydrants (Right)
- Low Impact Burpee
- Leg Sweep to Crunch with Heel Lift (Left)
- Leg Sweep to Crunch with Heel Lift (Right)
Thank you so much for showing up today!
Remember our bodies change- they’re supposed to and that totally’s ok. The most important thing is to love your body in all of its different stages. Enjoy the process, love the journey and have fun!
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- The real-world benefits of strengthening your core. Harvard Health. Web. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-real-world-benefits-of-strengthening-your-core
- Titley, Nick.Flexibility: How it Impacts More than Your Muscles. National Posture Institute. Web. 2015. https://www.npionline.org/articles/flexibility-how-it-impacts-more-than-your-muscles.htm
- O’Dwyer C., Sainsbury D., O’Sullivan K. Gluteus medius muscle activation during isometric muscle contractions. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. Web. 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21576709
- Why Good Posture Matters. Harvard Health. Web. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-good-posture-matters