A 30-Minute Barre Workout That Is Easy on the Knees

By , Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
Barre is an amazing way to strengthen all the muscles in your body, but all those plies can be a killer on the knees. Not anymore. With this knee-friendly routine, you can enjoy the ballet-inspired exercise without the pain. Target your entire body with dynamic moves that will make your muscles shake as you get stronger and stronger.

Grab a set of three to five pound dumbbells, a sturdy chair and maybe even a furry friend for some encouragement, and get to work with this low-impact routine.



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About Jessica Smith 
As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica Smith found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes, which led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellness coach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, and now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Visit Walk on Walk Strong to learn more about her fun, results driven programs for all levels of exercisers. 

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Comments

KHALIA2 10/1/2018
Thanks for sharing! Report
SPINECCO 8/9/2018
Thanks. Trying it out tomorrow. Report
KHALIA2 6/23/2018
Thanks, Jessica! Report
KHALIA2 4/25/2018
Thank You! Report
KHALIA2 3/26/2018
Thanks for sharing! Report
MUSICNUT 3/14/2018
Thanks for a great article :) Report
KATHYJO56 2/23/2018
With 2 knee replacements, these exercises are perfect Report
SHOAPIE 1/28/2018
Now I need a barre. Report
DMEYER4 1/27/2018
thanks Report
PICKIE98 1/27/2018
Some interesting sections. Report
AZMOMXTWO 1/27/2018
thank you Report
PATRICIA-CR 1/27/2018
Wow, nice! Report
NELLJONES 1/27/2018
I need the knee friendly part. Report
LEANJEAN6 1/27/2018
quite interesting Report
RO2BENT 1/27/2018
Raise the barre Report
NEPTUNE1939 1/27/2018
great Report
TCANNO 1/27/2018
Great Report
RAPUNZEL53 1/27/2018
Thank you. Report
EO4WELLNESS 1/27/2018
thank you Report
JOHNMURRAYUS
Heat or cold therapy is highly beneficial in resting your knee and helps the joint from stiffening up. Regular exercises, acupuncture, natural painkillers and Herbal ointment are also useful in reducing pain and swelling. It is advisable not to indulge in an intense physical activity or workout. The health care experts suggest the victims to eat calcium and Vitamin D rich foods, avoid smoking, not to sit for an extensive period of time. In addition to this, cold compresses to the knee are one of the best ways to diminish pain and swelling. Knee compression sleeves are a piece of clothing that fits over the knee and act as a guard to prevent knee related injury. Knee compression sleeves also help in relieving knee pain as it help in reducing swelling around knee area, also promote constant blood flow to the related body parts, thereby inducing injury recovery. You can read more about knee pain here..
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As a person with bad knees, I am always looking for great exercises that don't hurt the knees. These are wonderful. Report
BRIARGAL
This is awesome - thanks for the article! Report
I liked Coach Nicole's barre workout--all 3 sections I've found--which caused no pain. One problem I've found with some of Jessica's workouts is the fact that she works on bare floor, not carpet, and when I try the moves, it strains my knees--like the foot pivot in this workout. Even the first warm-up in this one bent the knees and were done at a speed that may have aggravated the joints, although they didn't start hurting right away. Some of hers I've enjoyed and like to repeat, but others, like this, caused considerable pain and I won't touch again. Report
Jessica offers many barre options, this one is not a personal favorite. Barre routines include MANY reps, they are killer workouts. (Her playlist on YouTube is extensive, easy to access, and free!) Knee friendly does not mean easy...her video on strengthening your knees sure helped me. Building the muscle around the knees makes a huge difference in how the knees track. Even my fake knees won't always cooperate. I work hard to find ways to make them happy...barre helps with this! Report
OMG, I hated this. Hard on my neck and arms--way too many reps. I lightened weights, but finally had to give up. And yeah, my knee is hurting now. This is not one of hers I want to try again. Report
I'm going to have to try this. I've severe arthritis in both knees. Knees are aching right now. Report
sure going to have to try this Report
doing the workout right now since my knees are always hurting now from doing my zumba every day almost. :) Report
Excellent workout---my knees need a rest from high impact Report