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Barre3: Top 3 Moves from Madonna's Barre Workout


With her perpetually buff arms and ripped abs, Madonna has always been a fitness trendsetter. Her newest strength-training obsession is Barre3 (, an hour-long workout routine that combines ballet, Pilates exercises, and yoga poses. Try these moves, designed by Barre3 creator Sadie Lincoln, and you'll be on your way to a flat stomach, toned arms and tight thighs like Madonna.

The Workout: Do 2 sets of 12 to 15 reps of each body toning exercise. For best results, do the full Madonna workout two or three times a week.

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Madonna Workout Move #1: Biceps Scoop

Body parts: arms, inner thighs, and abs

How to do it: Kneel on floor with a Pilates ball squeezed between thighs and hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand. Bend elbows 90 degrees, palms facing up, and raise arms to shoulder height in front of you. Draw weights toward ribs as you lean forward and sit back slightly [shown]. Hold for 1 count. Rise up to starting position; repeat.

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 Madonna Workout Move #2: Oblique Twist

Body parts: abs and shoulders

How to do it: Hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand and sit with knees bent and feet on floor; place a Pilates ball behind lower back. Raise arms to shoulder height in front of you, palms facing down, and lean back against ball until you feel abs engage. Rotate shoulders to the right as you draw right hand toward shoulder [shown]. Return to center and repeat to left side to complete 1 rep.

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Madonna Workout Move #3: Warrior III Lift

Body parts: legs, butt, and core

How to do it: Stand two feet away from and facing a barre (or counter) with feet hip-width apart. Place a Pilates ball behind right knee and bend knee to hold it in place. Bend forward from hips and grasp barre, keeping back flat. Point right toes and lift leg behind you until knee is at hip level [shown]. Lower right leg a few inches and repeat. Switch legs to complete set.

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