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Did you that know barre workouts are similar to the ones Jane Fonda did in the 1980s?


If you have never taken a barre class before, you might be intimidated by the thought of it.

Any time someone asks about my Barre class, they always say I could never get my leg on that barre, but it’s only used for balance.

Let’s talk a little more about the elements of a barre fitness class because I think it is doable for almost anyone, and it’s fun too!

I shared this on Instagram a few weeks ago, and everyone got a kick out of it. My father-in-law found some old Jane Fonda exercise videos. We put them on for fun, and I was laughing at how similar my barre class was to her workouts.

Add in some light hand weights or a workout ball and more ballet inspired leg movements and you’ve got a barre class.

If you did her workouts in the 1980s or watched your mom do them, then you might really love a barre class.

Jane Fonda revolutionized home workouts and exercise in the 80s. People could do workouts from home instead of going to a gym, but it was more than just a popular aerobics class; she added in strength training too.

Barre is a fast-paced, low-impact class with specific movements.

There are different fitness levels for beginners and for those who are more advanced.

Whatever workouts you enjoy doing, barre is a great addition to your fitness routine and can help you in all your other workouts.

I love doing reformer Pilates and it is something I do weekly. Since practicing barre exercises over the last four years, I have gotten better at Pilates. Barre strengthens the tiny stabilizer muscles, so it has helped strengthen my hips and glutes unlike any other exercise.

A friend of mine who has come to my barre class since August said it has helped her in cycling. She rides a Peloton bike almost daily and said barre has helped her leg and glute strength.

Another thing I really enjoy about barre exercises, is you can do moves at home when you aren’t in class. Adding in these exercises once or twice a week at home is a great way to build strength.

I had many requests from people to be able to keep up with barre information and tips, so you can like our new Facebook page to keep up with class times and information.

Feel free to email me at with questions too. I am happy to help!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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