Our Favorite Barre Workout You Can Do From Home—No Barre Required
Sculpt, stretch, and sweat is all you'll want to do after you try Openfit's popular Xtend Barre workout. From the fat-blasting exercises to the unique barre routine, get ready to build a stronger, leaner body in as little as 30 days from the comfort of your own home—no barre required.
After spending the last 30 days working out with Openfit's Xtend Barre program, I finally understand why women are flocking to the nearest barre class. Combining ballet and Pilates exercises, Xtend Barre is a full-body workout that's both fun and effective in just 30 minutes. The best part? You can do the entire workout from the comfort of your own home with limited gear required.
While working a full-time job, I often found it hard to squeeze in time for a daily gym date. That's why I knew I needed to find a solution that best fit my on-the-go lifestyle. I decided to take advantage of Openfit's free 30-day trial, and I can honestly say I won't be buying another gym membership again. There are more than 150 workouts to try on the streaming service, but Xtend Barre caught my attention. Created by Andrea Rogers, a former professional dancer, Xtend Barre is an amazing at-home fitness class that offers a mix of cardio, Pilates, and ballet.
Once you sign up, download the Openfit app and have a couch or chair nearby, which will take place of the barre. Andrea not only makes you feel like you have your own personal trainer pushing you to the limit, but she also makes the classes fresh and challenging. From upper body and lower body to core and booty, each video focuses on one area of the body to strengthen and tone muscle.
At the start of my Xtend Barre journey, my muscles got tired quickly and I wasn't very flexible. I would often lose my balance on the simplest moves but Andrea makes you feel super comfortable no matter your skill level. She also has other trainers in the video to show modified versions—some with weights and some without, for example. And trust me, you feel the burn even without the weights.
My favorite class (which I looked forward to doing at the end of every week) was the flexibility and balance video that allowed me to see my progress week-over-week. After just one week of working out with Andrea, I noticed that my body was more toned, and I even had more energy. The extra pounds that I had been trying to work off on my own while spending hours in the gym were dropping after completing just a few of Andrea's 30 minute classes, which was a win-win in my book.
If Xtend Barre doesn't sound like a fit for you, then I highly recommend giving one of Openfit's other exclusive fitness classes a try (Rough Around the Edges, TOUGH MUDDER T-MINUS 30, 600 Secs, and Yoga52), which you can access on the Openfit app. New workouts are added all the time, and you can access them on your laptop, smart TV, phone, or tablet.
But the Openfit platform isn't all about exercise. You'll also receive access to nutrition advice that includes meal prep tips, recipe ideas, and daily meal plans to help you reach your health goals. I really enjoyed this part of the platform because it introduced me to food I had never tried before.
If you're looking to mix up your workouts and challenge yourself with new exercises, then the Openfit app is for you. Once you give this one-of-a-kind app a try, you won't ever spend hundreds of dollars on a gym membership again.
This content is funded by Openfit and produced by our editorial team on their behalf.