From Candice Swanopoel to Taylor Swift, our dear celebrities love to get in shape with the barre. Inspired from ballet, this method tones and strengthens your muscles while giving you that long and lean figure that ballerinas naturally acquire through dancing.


I’ve tried a lot of different workouts over the years and consider myself a fitness enthusiast, but I find that constant bootcamp classes and HIIT workouts can be hard to stick with in the long term. They can be quite hard on the body and might leave you feeling exhausted instead of energized if you overdo it. Yoga and Pilates on the other hand are great to stretch and correct my posture after a day of *crunching* over the computer, and I always look forward to it no matter what mood I’m in.

In the same category are barre and ballet classes, a little less common as you might need to go to a specialized studio to take a class. You may think that this practice is easy since the movements are rather simple and are executed at a slow pace. Make no mistake, it is challenging and you will be extremely sore the next day, I say this speaking from personal experience.



This technique uses bodyweight to execute a series of exercises and requires trading in your yoga matt for a barre on the wall. Grabbing on to something while your butt feels like it’s about to fall off with every leg lift is somewhat helpful, but that might only be me. Ballet movements like battement and plié target some often neglected muscles while the use of a small exercise ball tones those stubborn inner thighs.

A little range of motion can easily be underestimated, but all the repetitions and pulses will improve your flexibility and stretch your muscles without tearing them apart. It’s the perfect way to get fit for those who want to get stronger while avoiding bulking.

With summer approaching, I would definitely give this workout a try and see if it works for you. If you’re not ready to commit and spend a fortune on a class package, good old YouTube and a chair does the trick!

Here’s a list of the best places to attend a barre class in Montreal, no tutu required.



Très Studio Barre

4371 Rue Saint-Denis

Montréal, QC H2J 2L2


Ensō Yoga

1470 Rue Peel #100

Montréal, QC H3A 1T1


Essentrics Studio

3431 Rue Stanley

Montréal, QC H3A 1S2


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