What It Is
➝ A combination of ballet (hence “barre”), Pilates, yoga, and low-impact aerobics, barre workouts are a variation on a regimen that emerged in the 1960s, when German dancer Lotte Berk, looking for a way to gently nurse a back injury, came up with a series of exercises. Early acolytes included Joan Collins and Britt Ekland, which we’d call a stamp of approval. Some of the leg lifts and deep pliés can leave your legs shaking like a Chihuahua’s, but movements can also be so subtle, you’re not sure that much is happening on the outside. It is.