Heather Robertson creates excellent strength and cardio workouts. I have noticed that over the past few months she has created a few workouts that are different from her usual offerings. HIIT Barre Fusion is one of those workouts. I was pretty excited about the idea of this one. I enjoy most barre workouts, especially lower body focused ones. And I love Heather’s workouts, so the two loves combined should make a winner workout. She has also created some yoga and pilates inspired workouts that I will be trying.
Having now done the workout, I am even more impressed. Unlike her other workouts, this will not give you a big calorie burn. I burned 62 calories. But that does not mean you are not working hard. This is a body weight strength workout. I felt everything but I wasn’t truly challenged until the floor work. I struggled on a few of those exercises! This was an enjoyable and visually beautiful workout. As always the music Heather used was motivating and as always Heather is gorgeous, but she is also so graceful in this one that it was pleasure to watch as well as do.
This workout is done interval style. Each exercise is done for 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds of recovery. During the recovery, Heather previews the next exercise. There is a timer in the lower right hand corner of the screen, counting down your intervals and recoveries.
HIIT Barre Fusion is 28:16 minutes; 2:30 minute warm up and 4 minute stretch. Equipment: chair or barre and a fitness mat.
- Wide plie squat
- Wide plie pulse squat (remain in squat and do small pulses)
- Side kick (straight leg swinging side leg lift)
- Lunge drive (stand behind chair, one hand on chair and other raised overhead, reverse lunge and when you stand, raise the knee of the lunging leg, bringing the elbow of the raised arm to the knee as it raises)
- Rear left lift (stand behind chair with both hands on chair back, hinge forward, extending one leg out straight behind you and when you straighten bring bent knee in)
- Rear leg pulse (stand behind chair with both hands on chair back, hinge forward, extending one leg out straight behind you and pulse leg upward)
- Repeat #3-6 on other side of body
- 30 second recovery
- Down dog crunch (start in 3 leg down dog (one leg raised straight to ceiling) then flow forward into plank, bringing knee of raised leg under chest)
- Side bridge crunch (in modified side elbow plank (bottom leg bent with knee on floor and top leg extended straight), arm is reached overhead toward floor, bring top elbow and knee together then extend them both straight again)
- Repeat #9 & 10 on other side of body
- Push up with leg lift (do a push up with one leg lifted behind you, alternate leg each time you do a push up)
- Bicycle crunch (lay on back, hands behind head and legs extended straight to ceiling, bend one knee and bring opposite elbow to knee, alternate sides)
- Can Can Dancer (in reverse plank with legs extended straight, bring one knee into chest, extend leg straight again then lift straight leg, alternate sides)
- Plie squat & squeeze (stand with legs wide and toes turned out, squat while bringing both arms out to the side and overhead and when you stand, pull elbows into ribs
- Chair squat (flow in and out of chair pose)
- Dancer Pop Squat (plie squat jack: start in a wide plie squat with arms held in front of you as if holding a beach ball, jump feet together while opening one arm to side, alternate arms)