Barre is a combination of inspired dance workout that has a lot of elements – mat work, yoga, pilates and ballet thrown in for good measure. Each one is considered low-impact exercises, but it will get more intense as you plow through bridges, plies, leg lifts and other sculpting moves. Your exercise instructor can choose to add small weighted balls, resistance bands or hand weights to add resistance, which can result in a better workout overall. It simply works! Studies have shown that dance-based lifts, bends and plies can sculpt more muscle than traditional workout moves such as heel raises and squats. You can start looking for classes that combine sculpting circuits with cardio sequences for that maximum burn.