Ballet Booty & Thigh Barre Workout

There’s no such thing as spot reduction. You can do crunches and tricep dips until the cows come home. But flat abs or slim arms are a matter of weight loss from a combination of cardio to burn calories, total body strength training to improve your metabolism, and an effective nutrition plan to help shed unwanted fat.

BUT (please mind the pun), when it comes to the booty, that’s a whole other ballgame! Your lower body, especially that tush, is the one area we can really see quick and motivating results. One of the many reasons my lower body workouts are my favorite. With the right exercises, we can build, enhance, and firm up your rear-end!

Ballet Booty and Thigh Barre Workout

Dancers are known for their coveted lower bodies. I should know, I was one until I was 18! I no longer have the same flexibility, technique, or rehearsal schedule but that doesn’t mean I can’t maintain and continue to improve my dancer legs and booty. Getting a sexy, curvy lower body can be done without coordination or choreographers!

Ballet Booty and Thigh Barre Workout

Say hello to barre! If you haven’t heard of the latest craze in fitness, I’m so excited to introduce you! Barre utilizes small, isometric movements to sculpt and define your buns, thighs, and core. If you’ve ever been to one of my barre classes, you know that I challenge you to ’embrace the shake.’ Yup, your thighs may quiver and that’s perfectly okay. Well, more than okay, it’s the goal! Shaking means change. Change means your one workout closer to a perkier, rounder behind :).

One of the best things about traditional barre classes is that minimal equipment is needed! This workout calls for nothing but a sturdy object around hip to waist height. Grab a chair, the side of your dining table, a wall, or even your kitchen counter and get ready to shake!

Ballet Booty and Thigh Barre Workout


Have you ever tried barre? What’s your favorite muscle group(s) to train? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,


Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. Lovely class <3 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Have not tried barre before, but would love to. I’m intrigued because you mention not much equipment is needed. Would certainly prefer to try it outdoors. I’m very intrigued….

    1. Definitely try it out! At my studio we sometimes teach classes on the beach 🙂

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  4. I love barre…I only have 2 more classes to reach 100:)

    1. Woot woot! How do you feel?!

  5. I’ve done a few barre classes, and they were fun and a great workout…

    1. That’s awesome, Marissa! Hope you like this one 🙂

  6. Definitely going to have to try this out myself!

    1. Yay! Let me know how it goes Kaley!

  7. That’s a good workout. Looks fairly tough for me though. I can modify.

    1. Yes definitely take modifications as needed 🙂

  8. Oh gosh the parallel plie pulses look impressive as do all the moves. Question, what would do recommend for some who can’t do calf raises or angle her foot that way without it swelling up?

    1. Thank you!! Hmmm i would say just do the exercises on flat feet and do not point your toes.

  9. I haven’t tried a Barre class yet, but would like to. WONDERFUL photos outside!!

    1. You’re gonna love this workout! Thanks Michelle 🙂

  10. Hi Em, my inspirational and beautiful daughter!!

    I’m heading to Barre this evening, as I do every Monday!! I agree, there’s nothing to tone my body better than Barre….not Powersculpt, not Yoga, not hiking, and of course, not cardio. And I do think my little booty has filled out more – I’m one of the few women who want a bigger booty! Just wish my “Buddha belly” would go away…Ugh!! It does decrease when I lose a couple pounds, but mostly it’s still my persistent trouble area. Any suggestions Sweetheart?

    Love and miss you,

    Mom xooxoxox

    1. You’re doing great mommy!! And you’re not the only woman who wants a bigger butt, it’s kinda a thing now 😉 lol. You could try eating smaller, more frequent meals, reducing the amount of refined sugar you’re eating, and adding in more water and veggies :). We can talk more about specifics later! Xoxo

  11. Emily, I love your classes and always look forward to them (even when I have to wake up at 5)! Having only ever been a runner, I am LOVING the upper body strength I’ve gained. Triceps especially! I never knew I had them 😉
    I’m still trying to get my legs as high and as straight as yours in what you call the “thigh trimmer”… Practice I suppose? See you soon!

    1. Aw thank you so much Keira!! You are doing amazing! You rock my classes :). Just keep pushing, you’ll get there. Mwuah!

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