Another Jessica Smith review! I received a complimentary copy of Barre Fitness for review. Also, I’ve marked Amazon Associate links (*).
I really do love Jessica Smith workouts! Her routines are varied. There are many different styles–dance, walking, barre, yoga…
Barre Fitness includes three ballet-inspired workouts. Each workout is 20 minutes and are done without shoes. The description of each workout from the cover:
CARDIO BALLET (20 Minutes) Forget that boring treadmill; burn calories with the grace of a ballerina! This fat-burning, ballet-inspired session works up a surprising sweat in a small amount of space, no equipment required.
BARRE BURN (20 Minutes) Lift, shape and define your entire body with this cardio sculpting barre workout. A sturdy chair and a set of light hand weights (2- to 8-pounds, depending on level) are recommended for this routine.
FLOOR BARRE (20 Minutes) Cinch, tighten and stretch – without ever leaving the ground – with this total body conditioning routine. A mat and a small soft ball or pillow are recommended for this workout.
The Cardio Ballet workout is more challenging than expected. It is at an intermediate level. There are some jumps, but Jessica demonstrates modifications. Jessica also reminds you that no one expects you to be a perfect dancer! But, in the privacy of your own home you can kind of start to feel like one!
Barre Burn is a standing workout. There are strength moves that also work balance and coordination, and you can start to feel the burn. As Jessica says, “Burning means it’s working. That’s our motto with barre.”
The final segment, Floor Barre, is done on the floor. I used a mini stability ball*. Whew! This one works your abs! (“Hello abs!”)
Jessica is always friendly and gives great cues and modifications. Her chatter is sometimes spontaneous and good for a chuckle. At one point, she indicates that something should be where your back pocket was if you’re wearing jeans. She stops for a second and adds, “I’m sure you’re wearing pants, just not jeans, right now.”
Jessica Smith also offers great (FREE) workouts on her YouTube channel.
Here’s another one to use that mini stability ball: