How to Fit Yoga or Barre into your Training Style

Yoga and Barre are unique training styles, which can often be described as niche. Widely practiced in classes and championed by some of your favourite fitness trainers on social media and in live classes, yoga and barre tend to have a dedicated following.
How to Fit Yoga or Barre into your Training Style

Yoga and Barre are unique training styles, which can often be described as niche. Widely practiced in classes and championed by some of your favourite fitness trainers on social media and in live classes, yoga and barre tend to have a dedicated following. Now, Tone & Sculpt are so happy to bring you two new barre and yoga programmes designed by our Official Tone & Sculpt trainers: Emily Chadwick-Vint and Jen Landesberg. We want to make fitness as accessible and inclusive as possible; now, Energy with Emily and Balance with Jen add an exciting dynamic to your training regime. Here, we explain how.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice of meditation, movement and breathwork said to have originated in India. There are several different types of yoga from Ashtanga yoga to Hatha yoga and some people combine the different styles, whereas others stick to one type. Over the years, yoga has evolved into a firm favourite fitness routine focusing on strength, balance and flexibility.

Why Should I add Yoga into my Routine?

Yoga is often recommended by medical professionals and trainers to support emotional and physical wellbeing and sometimes to support medical ailments such as high blood pressure, depression and back pain. Trainers recommend yoga to complement strength and HIIT training as it supports physical mobility, balance and flexibility too.

Yoga flows can really help with muscle recovery and over time, certain consistent yoga flows can help improve form, technique and range of motion. We’re certain we’ve all heard statements like:

  • I have short hamstrings!
  • I’m always sitting hunched at a desk, so my shoulders are tight
  • My back hurts when I attempt certain exercises

Many of us will continue to workout as normal, do a few stretches and hope for the best. However, some will consistently practice yoga flows and stick to a yoga routine, which will help with physical limitations, aches and pains along with flexibility and mobility.

Yoga routines are not just about breathwork and meditation; many will make you sweat, challenge your balance and strength too. Plus, the patience needed to perfect certain movement patterns will fully complement the stamina and agility required in HIIT and strength workouts too.

Yoga workouts can be great for LISS days and even an active recovery day. If you’re someone who loves strength workouts, especially Krissy and Danyele’s guides, you will love completing a yoga workout on a recovery day. If you’re someone who enjoys running, HIIT and functional training like Melissa’s guides, yoga can provide the perfect balance to keep your body and mind supple and calm.

What is Barre?

Barre is a type of fitness style that incorporates elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga. The exercises are usually low impact, high intensity targeting every muscle fibre, ones that usually cannot be reached in traditional home and gym based workouts. Inspired by highly skilled choreography that you would usually find in ballet, barre is a very unique workout style. To the naked eye, barre looks gentle, with very small movements; to the person taking part: you will experience a grueling burn like no other!

How does barre fit into my workout routine?

The beauty of barre workouts is that their combination of small movements at a high intensity mean they can stand alone as a workout routine. Every barre workout will fully exhaust your muscles, encouraging good posture, endurance, agility and strength too. The high reps and small movements also get your blood pumping and heart racing!

Barre can also become a part of your strength training and HIIT training programmes too. They add a highly skilled, targeted workout style that complement all training routines. With a key focus on core strength and muscle fibres, barre workouts can help improve balance, mobility and help with activation too. The workouts are usually between 30-40 minutes, therefore they can work on days when you don’t have a lot of time to train or when you want to mix up your workout routine too. Due to the high intensity nature of the workouts, barre workouts are not really recommended for active recovery days. However, you know your body best so give it a try on a day that works for you and see where it fits in!


Barre workouts are particularly beneficial for you if:

  • You struggle with high impact workouts which include jumping and running
  • You want to activate small muscle groups
  • You want to work on your core strength
  • You love moving to the beat of the music
  • You want to focus on mind-muscle connection

The creativity and fun that you’ll find in barre workouts means you’ll want it to become a definite part of your workout routine! So doable yet so challenging, you’ll put it in your planner in no time!

Energy with Emily brings a dynamic, fun and challenging barre workout programme to the Tone & Sculpt app. Balance with Jen will encourage everyone to integrate creative yoga flows into their fitness routine. We can’t wait for you to try our two new workout programmes and let us know how these brand new workout styles are taking your fitness routines to the next level!

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How to Fit Yoga or Barre into your Training Style
Zahara Chowdhury

Zahara Chowdhury is an author at Tone & Sculpt

Written on
Dec 07, 2021