If you're looking to get lean and chiseled without lifting heavy weights or even going to the gym, Xtend Barre might be the workout for you. Available exclusively on the Beachbody on Demand platform, this home workout is designed to sculpt muscles, burn fat and lift and tone troubled areas with minimal impact and equipment.
Okay, it’s rare that I feel as good about myself as I do when I'm working out to this program. Toes are pointed, back is straight and hands are positioned in ballerina pose for the majority of the 30 minutes it takes to get through each workout.
Personally, I love Xtend Barre because it's varied enough that I don't get bored, it's challenging enough that I feel like I've had a good workout, and there's also not a ton of bouncing around, which is a great balance to my weekly running schedule.
Xtend Barre is the perfect Equipment-free Workout
This is the perfect workout for staying fit on the road or just working out a home. At most, you'll need a set of very light weights and some workout bands, but you can also modify with a few cans of beans if you're in a pinch.
What to Wear for Xtend Barre Classes?
Grippy barre socks are ideal if you're working out on wood or ceramic floors. It will give you extra stability and prevent slipping.
However, if you're working out on carpet or if you have a yoga mat, the socks aren't necessary. If you plan to go to a studio to practice barre as well as working out at home, you might want to invest in a pair as most people do wear them in studio.
How much weight can you lose with barre workouts?
I get this question a lot, so I want to address what you can expect from a weight loss perspective. If you are currently not working out at all, and you follow the Xtend Barre program to the letter, you can expect to lose weight.
How much weight you lose on this program depends on your eating habits. If you don't change what you're eating but you burn an additional 250 - 300 calories per workout five times per week, you can expect a 1 to 2 pound weight loss per week.
However, if you make a few adjustments to your diet by eliminating junk food, drinking more water and eating more veggies, you could lose even more (and at a faster rate).
Fortunately, when you purchase access to Xtend Barre through Beachbody on Demand, you also get 30-days free access to 2B Mindset and Portion Fix nutrition programs. Personally, I recommend 2b Mindset as it's much easier to manage.
Ultimately, weight loss has more to do with what you eat than what workout you’re doing. That said, Barre workouts are great way to accelerate and maintain your weight loss once you reach your goal weight. It’s also a fantastic overall boost to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Personally, I think barre workouts are awesome because they’re generally low impact, they strengthen your core, and reduce risk of injury because it focuses on muscle and body alignment.
They will also make you feel fantastic! They focus on opening the chest and hips - where we store a ton of pent up emotion, so they make you feel more energetic and happy after you’re done.
If you’re someone who feels like they’ve been hit by a truck every time you try to run, then you might find barre workouts will be easier on your body and leave you feeling less sore.
Try Xtend Barre for Free - Sample Workout
This class is not from Beachbody's app. Andrea Rogers, the creator of Xtend Barre, produced this in partnership with Pop Sugar, but it will give you a sense of her style and how a barre workout feels.
If you want to try the full Xtend Barre program, sign up for access to Beachbody ON Demand at no risk and cancel within the first 30 days for a full money back guarantee.
Obsessed with Xtend Barre and Want More Options?
If a variety of workouts is something you need so that you don't get bored, you may also want to consider Beachbody On Demand's amazing 8-week barre program called Barre Blend. I got killer results from that workout and it's super fun.
How much is Xtend Barre?
Extend Barre is offered exclusively on the Beachbody on Demand app. In terms of cost, an annual subscription to the platform is about $10 a month, and you get so many styles of workouts, from barre, yoga and Pilates to HIIT, weight lifting and fun cardio/dance classes.
Personally, I think this is the best value when it comes to online workout apps. There are many other options, but none can compare to the vast selection of workouts, or the low cost.
If you strictly do barre and yoga workouts, then alo moves is another great option as it's more focused on those specific style of workouts, but it is a little pricier. You can see my review of the alo moves platform here.
Are you going to give it a try? Please do let me know what you think. I'm always interested to know what my readers like and dislike in terms of home workouts!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and ADHD Coach. As the founder of The Fit Habit, she shares ADHD-friendly self-care, food & fitness inspiration, along with practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.