Set up a Barre space at home

Many Barre studios now offer a variety of online classes that enable you to Barre anytime and anywhere. And, with very little equipment, you can get in a quality workout right from the comforts of home.

With Barre’s versatility and portable props, many of which can be found right in your kitchen or home, an internet connection and a bit of empty space and ingenuity, you can effortlessly plié and relevé your way to a studio-quality sweat session. And, don’t worry — you don’t need to own the traditional gear found at your local studio in order to raise the Barre.

These bare essentials work just as well as the more expensive equipment:


It doesn’t take a lot of space to do an at-home Barre workout. As long as you have enough room to roll out a yoga mat and the ability to fully extend your arms and legs, you will be able to execute all of those feel-good Barre movements and positions. Barre workouts can be done on carpeted or non-carpeted floors; just be sure that you’re wearing grippy socks if you’re practicing on a slippery surface.


It’s not necessary to have a mounted or free-standing Barre in order to properly perform your pliés. A sturdy piece of furniture like the back of a couch, chair or bar stool can serve as a sound substitute for a ballet Barre. Countertops, windowsills or high top tables will also provide enough stability for that lower body burn.


If you don’t have access to light hand weights check your pantry for a pair of reusable water bottles, wine bottles or soup cans. Alternatively, books, a stack of cutlery tied with a rubber band and resistance bands with handles can be used in place of small dumbbells.

Resistance Loops

Resistance loops are portable and easy-to-store, but if you don’t have any lying around, you can use a pair of leggings tied with a knot, a sports bra, a bathrobe tie or pantyhose. As long as the item can be securely fashioned into a circle and provides you with some resistance, it will up the burn factor.


Although they are lightweight and travel well, not many people own a pair of sliders. However, the ab-burning benefits of these deceptively effective little discs can be easily achieved with paper towels, furniture gliders or plastic covers/lids from large containers.


FITballs are often used in Barre classes to target the lower body and core. But, they are not easily transportable. Instead, a small pillow or rolled up bath towel can be used in its place - a child’s playground ball is also an alternative.

Yoga Mat

In the absence of a yoga mat, you can use a towel (the thicker, the better), woven blankets, a comforter or even a bath mat. A carpet – be it wall-to-wall or a throw rug – will also work. Whatever you decide to use, be sure that it will provide adequate cushioning for your joints and won’t slip out from beneath you, which could potentially lead to an injury.

Whether time, travel or any other unexpected circumstance presents you with the unique opportunity to Barre from wherever life may take you (inside or outside of your home), a thorough and energizing workout is just a quick household scavenger hunt, or shopping spree at Dischem or online, away. And as this Barre fanatic can confirm, you really can Barre strong from your bedroom with just two 500ml water bottles, a sparkly pink playground ball and a chair.

So straighten that ponytail and See you at the Barre!

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