The 6 Best Online Barre Classes of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Action Jacquelyn's Full-Length Total Body Barre Workout

"Plan on spending the first 14 minutes on the floor, crushing your core."

Best Budget: Alo Moves

"You’ll move right to the floor for a plank series that will also crank up your heart rate (hello, plank jacks)."

Best for Full Body: Barre3

"Cardio bursts are incorporated between each set of exercises, and you’ll finish on the floor with glute, inner thigh, and core work."

Best for Your Booty: Pilates Anytime - Booty Barre Express

"It’s a traditional barre class that requires a sturdy chair or ballet barre, which you can make out of PVC pipe."

Best for Intermediate and Advanced Levels: Pure Barre

"The pace is fast, with a focus on abs first, then upper body, followed by barre for glutes and thighs. Then it's back to the floor for core work."

Best for a Comprehensive Program: Daily Burn

"The instructor spends the first five minutes and the last four minutes of a 28-minute class focused on stretching."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Action Jacquelyn's Full-Length Total Body Barre Workout

Action Jacquelyn

Action Jacquelyn

Action Jacquelyn (aka Jacquelyn Umof) does not waste any time getting right to business in this total-body barre class.

The workout begins on the floor with a difficult plank series, followed by several other abdominal exercises like bicycle crunches. Plan on spending the first 14 minutes on the floor, crushing your core.

The remainder of the course will be spent doing a standing barre series that includes squats, lateral leg work, kicks, and jump squats. Since she focuses on unilateral leg exercises, get ready for the standing leg to burn just as much as the working one.

This is an excellent intro to barre for all fitness levels, which is one of the reasons it made the best overall category. The pace of the class is just right, and her coaching for placement and posture are spot on.

The exercises are challenging enough, so intermediate and advanced levels will feel appropriately placed. That said, beginners can also find success with this course since she cues ongoing modifications throughout the workout. 

This class is available for free on YouTube.

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Best Budget: Alo Moves

Alo Moves

Alo Moves

Adrienne Kimberley wastes no time getting to work in this thigh-sizzle class that is part of the “For The Love of Barre” program.

You’ll move right to the floor for a plank series that will also crank up your heart rate (hello, plank jacks). Be warned: This series requires a lot of time in a push-up position. The good news? Kimberley has one of her partners doing the workout with modifications.

Next up are Pilates mat-based moves for the glutes, followed by the barre series, which is a pretty traditional sequence seen in those classes. To round out the course, you’ll move back to the floor for another Pilates mat sequence, targeting the tiny areas of your psoas, sartorius, and inner thigh muscles, followed by a few minutes of core strengthening.

After all that hard work, you’ll be rewarded with some time stretching and breathing to get you on your way. If you like the 14-day trial and think you will commit, Alo Moves offers a yearly plan that only costs around $9 per month. A monthly plan costs about $20.

Best for Full Body: Barre3

Barre3

Barre3

For a full-body barre class that combines cardio bursts with strength and flexibility, give this free, Barre3 at-home workout a try.

You’ll begin with an extended warmup that increases your heart rate and becomes more of a cardio burst. Standing work is next, with a focus on squats. You’ll add weights to incorporate upper-body toning while continuing with a squat.

The movements are slow, so you can really feel the muscles contracting in your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and lats. Cardio bursts are incorporated between each set of exercises, and you’ll finish on the floor with glute, inner thigh, and core work.

If you want to have a barre focus, you can stand and perform the floor work by using a chair for balance. The core work is Pilates-based with exercises like Pilates marching and toe-taps. There are modifications available throughout the workout, which makes this at-home class appropriate for beginners (i.e. the ball and weights are optional).

In addition to free YouTube classes, Barre3 offers an online subscription service for around $29 per month. Make sure to take advantage of the 15-day free trial.

Best for Your Booty: Pilates Anytime - Booty Barre Express

Pilates Anytime

Pilates Anytime

If your booty needs a lift, then Pilates Anytime's Booty Barre Express is the class for you. Taught by Tracey Mallett, this 36-minute express class is fast-paced, which means you’ll get your heart rate up and burn calories.

During Booty Barre Express, you'll exercise your glutes, calves, hamstrings, and quads, and you’ll spend a lot of time in relevé (on your toes). The traditional barre class requires a sturdy chair or ballet barre, which you can make out of PVC pipe. You’ll also need a small Pilates ball for about 10 minutes, but you can do the moves without the equipment.

In this intermediate- to advanced-level class, the instructor cues modifications, which can be helpful in terms of checking your form and foot placement.

After a seven-day trial, Pilates Anytime will run you around $18 per month.

Best for Intermediate and Advanced Levels: Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a studio franchise with a paid online component. If you want to try before you buy, the company offers several free Facebook Live classes. Once the classes have aired, you can access them on the video section of the Facebook page.

Pure Barre's 30-Minute Facebook Stream with Shantani is a standout, and you’ll start on the floor doing core work. The instructor focuses a lot of upper-body work with weights, which is not always the case with barre classes. The pace is fast, with a focus on abs first, then upper body, followed by barre for glutes and thighs. Then it's back to the floor for core work. It ends with a few minutes of stretching.

There are no modifications offered, so this is definitely a class for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. The instructor demonstrates the exercises with a dumbbell; use your judgment if that doesn't work for your body.

Pure Barre GO, the company's paid digital subscription, gives you access to all of the on-demand classes for $30 per month after a seven-day trial. The Facebook Live classes, which are not part of the paid online subscription service, are just a sampling and are free for anyone to view.

Best for a Comprehensive Program: Daily Burn

Daily Burn

Daily Burn

Daily Burn's Barre Harmony is a six-week, comprehensive beginner-intermediate program that's great for anyone with or without barre experience. The classes average 30 minutes and include Full Body Tone 1 and 2, Dancer’s Cardio 1 and 2, Lower Body Pulse 1 and 2, Core Burn, and Abs and Arms.

The focus is on sculpting your entire body with targeted movements, light weights, low-impact cardio, and focused floor work. All exercises are low-impact and can be done with minimal (or no) equipment. Becca Pace, the instructor, spends the first five minutes and the last four minutes of a 28-minute class focused on stretching—another reason this class made the list.

The barre work is slightly different than the other workouts we reviewed. Rather than squats, she does a lunge series with reverse and curtsey moves. You’ll spend about eight minutes at the barre, followed by nine minutes on the floor doing glute exercises. There are no modifications for this workout.

After a free 30-day trial, Daily Burn costs around $15 per month for the Basic plan and $30 per month for the Premium package. The Basic and Premium bundles grant you access to all workout classes with a new one every day, nutritional support, and the DailyBurn community. With the Premium subscription, you'll also be able to access exclusive content, audio workouts, and the full collection of past exercise classes.

How We Chose the Best Online Barre Classes

Our picks are a mix of free and subscription-based classes. All of the paid programs we reviewed offer a free trial period where you can “try before you buy,” with Daily Burn coming in first with a 30-day trial. The free YouTube classes from Action Jacquelyn are ranked high by viewers, with several pages of positive comments. We also tried each online barre class and provided feedback based on our experience. Rounding out the criteria, we considered the various levels of classes and aimed to include picks for all levels of fitness and experience.

What Are Barre Classes?

Barre classes are a mix of ballet moves, core strengthening, total-body toning, Pilates, and yoga. Classes are generally 15 to 45 minutes and include a thorough warmup and cool down, with stretching and some yoga work.

These workouts are available for all fitness levels, and you don’t need to be familiar with barre, or even ballet, to start. You can take a traditional barre class, where you’ll spend most of the time focusing on your legs, core, and glutes, or a hybrid class that combines barre with core-specific work (upper-body strength and toning and cardio intervals).

How Do I Know Which Level Class Is Right for Me?

Regardless of your fitness level, if you’ve never taken a barre class, it’s a good idea to start with a beginner or introduction to barre workout. This will allow you to learn how the instructors cue the moves and get a feel for what it’s like to do exercises at the barre. While an entire workout is typically not spent at the barre, this tends to be the part of the class people struggle with the most.

In general, online barre classes are either free or part of a paid subscription service that can cost between around $9 and $30 per month. Live studio classes will run you an average of $20 to $30 per class, depending on the location, brand, and instructor’s experience.

For example, a Pure Barre class in-studio can range from around $20 to $50. But if you use the digital subscription Pure Barre GO, the monthly membership will average about $30 per month. Pure Barre's classes on Facebook Live are free. 

Do Barre Classes Help With Weight Loss?

Although barre is not advertised as a solution to weight loss, exercise, in general, can help you shed the pounds. That said, barre is more focused on strengthening, toning, balance, and flexibility than it is on the scale. But if you’re trying to lose weight and want to include a barre class in your weekly fitness routine, opt for classes that mix in cardio bursts, such as the online Barre3 and Pilates Anytime classes we reviewed.

What Type of Equipment Do I Need for Barre Classes?

In general, most instructors do not wear shoes in a barre class. That said, if you’re working out at home, it’s up to you if you want to go barefoot or wear shoes. What might help, both in-studio and at home, are grippy socks. These have special grips or stickies on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.

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