Since my pregnancy in late 2014, I have been very into Barre and “Barre-like” workouts. Barre has helped to keep me in shape while keeping my back pretty pain free.
I was a Tabata, HIIT, kickboxing and body building junkie before pregnancy (and lower back injury from early 2014, but that’s another story).
But with severe back pain, I ended up going to physical therapy and my doctor suggested thanking things down
a hundred a few notches.
Barre is low impact, yet very effective for toning up. It incorporates light weights and high repetitions as well as a “barre,” mini balls, resistance bands, etc.For an great article on Barre workouts, click HERE. Most barre classes will have a similar structure: There is a warm up that will include planks and push-ups.
There will then be a series of arm exercises followed by a lower-body section to work your thighs and glutes with or without the barre. Finally, you’ll finish with a series of core-focused exercises and a cool down.I still try to get some cardio (spin or Arc Trainer) in because Barre doesn’t really get your heart pumping as much as a Tabata or HIIT class would, which is why I decided to do a Barre Inspired Tabata routine just for you!All you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and a set of light weights (no more then 5lbs, I used 3lbs). Set your time for 8 rounds, each round being 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 4 minutes… and GO!
‘Barre Inspired’ Tabata [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total]
- High Knees (to modify, bring one knee up at a time for a “standing crunch”)
- Tricep Push-ups (on knees if needed)
- Plank Jacks
- Plié to Overhead Press (add heel lift for extra challenge)
- Plié Jumps (stand in a plié and JUMP!)
- Bicep Curls & Hammer Curls w/ Lunge Pulse (alternate between the curls for each round)
- [Weighted] V-Up’s
- Leg Lifts to Knee In’s
- [Weighted] Hip Lifts w/ Heels Lifted
*Be sure to warm up and cool down!
Check out my previous Tabata Tuesday posts:
Tabata Tuesday #2: Kettlebell Style!