I recently received the Barre3 Total Body Lift Workout DVD.

You can see a one minute sneak peak here.

Or check out the 3 minute video on their site

The Barre3 style of workout combines three disciplines: ballet barre work, yoga, and Pilates.


The promised results include long lean muscles, postural benefits, and an overall shaping and lifting of the entire body.

My overall verdict: I liked it a lot!

After being a yoga teacher for a decade, being a student in many Pilates classes, as well as trying so many different types of workouts and fitness regimes over the years, it’s always fun to try something new and unique.

The pros: nice music, the ease of working out at home when it’s convenient for you, and the method focuses on slower-paced movements which really made me focus on what I was doing.  I could really “feel the burn” as my muscles were being worked more slowly and controlled, rather than just plowing through things with poor form, too rapidly, or on autopilot.

And of course, yoga is and has been a huge part of my life and life path and so anything that incorporates yoga is a winner for me.

The cons: Obviously this workout was fine and fun, but of course, I need to do other things, too.  We all need to mix it up, right! So it’s not really a con specific to Barre3, but I would never box myself into just one style of workout, or one type of DVD, forever.

I need to mix up my workouts.   Plus, I love the feeling of just running.

I will always love running, simply for the sake of running, while being outside in the fresh air.

Where I can run past flowers on the way to festivals.

And I can observe all of nature’s glory on my path.

Where ever that running path may be.

I will always prefer fresh air workouts to indoor workouts.

Hot, humid, freezing cold, snowing, raining, I don’t care.  I would still rather run outside than be inside!  But that’s just me.  Call me crazy. And some have when I used to run in freezing cold midwest winters!  Or scorching heat.  I just love working out outside.

Switching gears a bit…I want to thank everyone, again, who wished me a happy birthday over the past few days.  Either on my last post, on my personal Facebook page, my blog Facebook Page, on Twitter,  in text messages, in voicemails, and on email.  Whew.  I was blown away by the love, support, and friendship I felt. You all made my day.  Not kidding!  And thank you!

And thank you for your concern for me being sickOn my birthday no less. Ugh. The razor blades in my throat and fever continue but there is not time to just lay around.   I have work to do, Skylar to watch, and Vegan Fudge to eat.

It’s no-bake, vegan, gluten free, does not taste “healthy”, and in 10 mintues, you can get your fudge on.


1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I had a fun day at the farmer’s market taking pictures!  Thanks for the compliments on the images I posted so far, but I have tons more I am going to post.

And eating No Bake Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting was the best thing I ate, hands down.

2. Have you tried any workout DVD’s or new-to-you style of workouts lately?  Thoughts on them?  Or have you changed what kind of workouts you’ve been doing?

I recently reviewed 3 Yoga DVD’s here

And have posted about how I Quit The Gym

I’ve mentioned that I’ve streamlined my daily workouts to be 20 minutes of Cardio + 20 minutes of at home yoga/Pilates/weightlifting moves = 40 mins daily

I also posted about Fitness Experiments – What I’ve Tried, What’s Worked, What Next which details my fitness show/competition, yoga, running, weightlifting, core work, and how I balance what I do.

3. Would you like to try the Barre3 workout?  Or have you?  Any other workouts that pique your interest?

I never jumped on the Insanity, TurboFire, P90X, or Zumba bandwagons.  But I’ve been tempted!

Have a great start to your week and if you’re just catching up on posts, here are mine since Friday:

48 comments on “Barre3”

  1. Thanks for the review! I tried this for the first time last night (on Exercise TV) and my legs LITERALLY felt like they were on fire. Fire!

  2. You look so pretty in that birthday picture with your daughter. Hope you feel better asap.
    My weekend was spent at a wine festival. It was outstanding. :)

  3. I have been using the Physique 57 DVDs for the past two months. I like the thigh and seat work but am not sure the upper body strength or the ab work is doing me much good. I might try the Barre 3 just for a change. I have so many DVDs and have trouble getting into a routine of switching them. I always have to have my outdoor walk, year round even in the snow and ice of winter in the midwest. Have been taking a Jazzercise class for about a year and a half but I’m kind of bored with it and thinking I want a break for the summer – just feel really guilty about giving up any part of my workout.

  4. I’ve seen things like pure barre and the like around, and I’d really love to try it. Zumba stole my heart after trying it once, but I got rid of a gym membership and miss it! I just started working out again, and I want to be a runner. I’m not very good at it, and usually stick to walking, but I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone. I want to get back into yoga again, too. I used to do it EVERY day but haven’t done consistently in over a year!!

  5. That Barre 3 tape looks soooo cool. I’m so unmotivated to do tapes on my own. Do you know if there will be any Barre 3 classes in San Diego? I just started back with adult ballet classes and LOVE it. :)

  6. I’ve been hearing so many good things about Barre 3 via blog world but haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. I have jumped on the Zumba bandwagon though. My gym offers a Zumba Plus class which is basically regular Zumba with weights too! I love it! :-D

  7. I’m a little behind… but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (Maybe I should make that fudge in your honor?!)

    Best thing I ate all weekend was actually devoured this morning – zucchini oatmeal!!

  8. Ok, I am de-lurking…ha ha!! Love your blog…you always have great advice and recipes!! Just wanted to say thanks for always “keeping it real”!!

  9. I’ve heard of this barre method!! My mom is currently using Tracy Anderson’s “metamorphosis” and says it’s QUITE hard!!

    overall, i prefer weight training :D

  10. i’ve been looking for a little workout change-up too! i’ve been thinkin of ordering insanity but i’m not sure where i can do it without bringing down my house hahaha

    anyways glad you had such an awesome birthday you only deserve to have the most beautiful day ever. and i keep meaning to tell you and i’m not sure if i did yet but skylar is getting SO old!!!! it’s so weird and amazing to like literally see her get older and more beautiful just over the blog :)

  11. SAw a recipe of yours reposted on a recipe website which Linked to Your Blog which Rocks. Love what you have created. Namaste

  12. Hm, the best thing I ate this weekend was def the veggie lasagna my dad made… He’s a great cook, really creative.

    I don’t have any work-out dvd’s, but if I find some that are interesting, I would definitely buy it. I just can’t find any around that are really appealing to me..

  13. Hello Averie and Averie’s readers,

    I’m Amy from barre3. Wanted to let you all know we are working on a studio in San Diego for you! We are a franchise business model, so finding the right person/people to run the studio is everything to us. Hope to have something to announce to you later this year if the stars align!

    Thanks for all of your positive feedback!

  14. Your flower pictures always astound me! They are so beautiful!!

    I like the idea of mixing things up, but I definitely find myself in workout ruts. I find one thing I like and then I want to do it all the time. I have to conciously remind myself that there are other things in life, lol.

  15. I hadn’t heard of that workout DVD until now, but I do want to try P90X – I heard it is inane!

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