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Beachbody’s newest on demand fitness program, Barre Blend, is now available to everyone through Beachbody on Demand! Just what is Barre Blend? It’s a fun combination of ballet barre, Pilates and cardio interval training. I’ve got all the details plus a FREE Barre Blend Sample Workout.
What is Barre Blend?
Barre Blend is a low-impact, high-intensity, and high-energy workout program that helps you create a lean, toned physique. The moves are designed to help you chisel your waist, define your arms, lean out your legs and lift your booty in just 60 days.
Barre Blend Workouts
The workouts in Barre Blend include high-rep, small-range movements and isometric holds. Trust me, you will certainly feel the burn. There are also a variety of compound, full-range exercises, targeted core work and dynamic stretches.
Each workout is about 30-40 minutes long and includes light weight training and cardio intervals to burn maximum calories and fat.
The workouts are 5 days a week and include:
- Classic Full Body Blend
- Booty Blend
- Cardio Blend
- Core Blend
- Lean Legs Blend
Bonus recovery workouts are included for use on rest & recovery days, or whenever your body needs them:
- 10 Minute Yoga Blend
- 15 Minute Yoga Blend
- Roll & Replenish
And if you want a little more you can add on one of the 10 minute enhancements to your workout:
- Enhance the Core
- Enhance Your Cardio
- Enhance the Upper Body
- Enhance the Lower Body
- Enhance the Booty
There are a number of videos and prep workouts to help you get familiar with the terminology used in the program and correct body alignment:
- Establish Your Space
- Ballet Terminology
- Pilates Basics
- Barre Blend Signature Moves
- 20 Minute Classic Full Body Blend
- 20 Minute Cardio Blend
And you can always dip your toe in the water with the FREE Sample Workout
Barre Blend Sample Workout
Not sure if Barre Blend is for you? Give the FREE sample workout a try.
Keep in mind the sample workout is a mash-up of all the different workouts. It’s designed to give you an idea of what to expect with each workout. So the flow is a little choppy and it feels sort of like an infomerical. But it’s a great way to see what the program is all about.
Barre Blend Workout Calendar
The Barre Blend Workout Calendar is divided into four phases. Following the calendar you will workout five days a week with two rest days. On rest days you have the option of doing one of the recovery workouts if you would like.
You might be surprised to find out that a ballet barre is not required to do the workouts. You can use any sturdy household object at the right height. A chair, sofa back or countertop works well.
You will also need a set of light dumbbells. 1- to 5-lb. weights work well for most people. I’ve been using 2lb weights and sometimes have to set them down. I’m thinking about purchasing a pair of 1lb weights.
Trainer Elise Joan has also created “I AM” Daily Motivation Cards with her most inspirational messages to help you cultivate a positive mindset every day.
Who is Elise Joan?
Barre Blend creator Elise Joan is a former professional dancer who has taught barre-based fitness and yoga for over a decade. Known for her positive, joy-filled teaching style, she holds multiple fitness certifications. You may know her from Beachbody’s 3 Week Yoga Retreat which she co-created.
Barre Blend Meal Plan
The Beachbody Guide to Nutrition included with Barre Blend gives you effective eating strategies and delicious recipes, plus tips to help you reach your goals. The program also incorporates products from the Beachbody Nutrition line like:
Barre Blend Results
Lean legs, a lifted booty, chiseled waist and defined arms are the results Barre Blend claims you’ll see after 60 days of the program. After completing the program I can tell you these are exactly the results you’ll get.
Just halfway through the program I noticed (or should I say my husband noticed) my booty is a little higher and tighter. I can tell a difference in the way my pants fit because of my fuller, lifted bottom!
I am pleased to see a cinching in of my waist and oblique muscles popping out. My shoulders are more defined and my legs and arms have a leaner, toned look.
I’m very pleased with the results considering I followed the mid-line or modifier most of the time.
Barre Blend Review
While I am pleased with the results, I have to be honest and tell you that it wasn’t my favorite program. I hate to say anything negative about something I know Elise and the team put so much into. But the truth is that everything isn’t always for everybody.
I like to know the outline of a workout and never felt quite sure what we were going to do next. For example, with 21 Day Fix Autumn tells you you’re going to do 4 sets of 2 exercises for one minute each. With Barre Blend I would have liked to of known the structure- we’re going to start with 10 minutes at the barre and move to center work, etc.
I didn’t enjoy the music. I guess I was spoiled by Morning Meltdown 100’s live music. Barre Blend’s music, set and production reminded me a lot of Brazil Butt Lift.
Since I used to dance I think I was expecting more flowy, slow paced movements. There was one ballet class I took during a visit to LA where the teacher used Fiona Apple for barre and center work. I loved it. Barre Blend’s music is more of an up-tempo music bed, cardio style.
Some of the moves that were supposed to be fun I felt really silly doing.
If I really think back to other dance classes in my past, ballet was never my favorite. Since it’s the foundation of all dance it was more of a necessary evil for me. So not enjoying Barre Blend that much shouldn’t be a big surprise.
While I may not have enjoyed the program there are thousands of other people who loved it! My advice would be to give it a try and see for yourself.