Raise the Barre on Fitness this Fall

Don’t fall out of your fitness routine now that you’ve packed your bathing suit away for the year! Raise the bar(re) with this season’s hottest new fitness trend!

Your favorite leggings are a staple for fall attire, but how often do you actually break a sweat in them?  Enter this barre + HIIT fusion workout that’s sure to strengthen and tone while increasing your metabolism and endurance, in 30 minutes or less.  You may even want to invest in a second pair of those yoga pants!

What is a HIIT workout? Say goodbye to trusty treadmills – these super-efficient High Intensity Interval Training exercises are here to stay.  Whether you want to squeeze in a workout during your lunch break or tone up before your company holiday party, this 5-exercise circuit workout has you covered – no equipment required (except a sturdy chair)

Each of the following circuit exercises requires total body engagement, with an emphasis on maintaining a tight core.  Perform each exercise as indicated – NO RESTING!  Once you complete all 5 exercises, take a 1 minute break and repeat the entire circuit 3 times. BAM! You just worked out in less time than it takes to get a pizza delivered. Way to go!

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Diagonal Knee Pull — 30 reps on each side

  • Start on your hands and knees. Extend your right leg back and out at a 45-degree angle with your toes pointed. Pause, squeezing your glutes.
  • Bring your knee back toward start and hover above ground. That’s 1 rep.
  • Do 30 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Seesaw Push-Up — 8 reps on each side

  • Start on your hands and knees. Extend your right leg back with your toes pointed.
  • Bend your elbows, lowering your upper body to floor as you lift right leg toward ceiling. Return to start for 1 rep.
  • Do 8 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Standing Toe Tap — 30 reps on each side

  • Stand with your left hand on the barre and your right hand on your hip. Bend forward at torso as you kick right leg back with your toes pointed.
  • Tap toes to floor for 1 rep.
  • Do 30 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Wide Second Pulse — 30 reps

  • Squat with your feet wide and toes turned out. Hold the barre for balance.
  • Squeeze your glutes as you pulse knees out 1 inch.
  • Do 30 pulses.

Stacked Circle Kick — 30 reps on each side

  • Start on your hands and knees. Lift your torso on the right side, placing your right hand on hip and straightening your right leg in line with hips.
  • Point toes as you draw a small clockwise circle for 1 rep.
  • Do 30 reps, then switch sides and repeat.