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7 Potential Health Benefits of Barre 

Barre has been around for decades. Yet, this workout — which combines elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates — is still gaining devotees every year. And it may have something to do with the unique perks of combining three proven workouts into one.

While barre isn’t as well studied as yoga, Pilates, and ballet, it undoubtedly offers health benefits. Here are seven of them.

1. You’ll Strengthen Your Muscles

The combination of ballet, Pilates, and yoga exercises in barre strengthen the whole body, but they primarily target the glutes (buttocks), quadriceps (the muscles in the front of your thighs), hamstrings (the muscles in the back of your thighs), calves, and feet, says Alex Higa, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer with Tempo in San Francisco.

A barre workout also strengthens your core, along with the rotator cuff (smaller muscles that keep the head of the upper arm bone in your shoulder socket) that are often overlooked in standard strength routines, says Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the chief of Women’s Sports Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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