Barre workouts are popular for a reason. Those small, ballet-inspired movements make you a lot stronger. The problem? You don't get any cardio in doing barre, which isn't great for your overall health.
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate cardiovascular activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous cardiovascular activity. So what’s a barre lover to do? Try HIIT barre, which combines the toning benefits of barre workouts with the cardio benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for one explosive workout. This quick routine will strengthen your entire body while getting your heart rate up. For these workouts, use a kitchen chair, countertop, back of a bed, or any other waist-high surface to act as your ballet barre. Have a mat or large towel handy for the arm and ab exercises. You’ll also need a watch, stopwatch, or your phone nearby to time your moves.