Low Impact Series: Turbo Barre

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Ballet/Barre

Title: Turbo Barre
Instructor: Cathe Friedrich
Time: 75 Minutes
Level of Difficulty: Advanced
DVD menu: Play workout, chapter selections, premixes (if I recall)
Production quality: high
Equipment used: light weights (Cathe uses 5# each hand), light resistance loop band, barre

I am an advanced exerciser (Tonique/Dream Body/Horizontal Conditioning are my mainstays) and several months ago I was inspired to incorporate more barre workouts into my routine. I bought a ton of workouts, including Cathe’s only barre workout, Turbo Barre. I enjoyed this workout when I first did it starting out with barre a few months ago, but revisiting it after having refined my barre technique, it is even more challenging! What I love about barre is that it gets more challenging the more that you do it. I would consider this to be one of my more difficult barre workouts in the faster/larger range of motion sub-genre (to include Booty Barre and P57), rather than the more acute pulses/smaller range of motion sub-genre (Pure Barre, Barre Method, Ballet Physique, Ballet Body).

Like most barre workouts, this workout is structured in a warm up, upper body toning (using 5# though you can go heavier for some moves, I used 5-6#), lower body at the barre (making up the majority of the workout), abs on the mat, and a final stretch. There are also stretches after long sets throughout the workout to help lengthen the muscles after toning.

The arm and core sections, while enjoyable and well balanced, seemed less intense when compared to the main barre workout for the legs, which was very intense! She works the biceps, triceps, and shoulders with the weights then follows up with pushups at the beginning of the mat workout at the end of the DVD. She doesn’t work the back, but it does get worked indirectly from stabilizing on the barre with the leg/glute work. As for the leg work, she had plenty of releve barre squat type movements with three different foot positions (which worked the entire leg including the inner thighs), but it seemed like this workout heavily focused on the outer thighs and glutes with leg lift variations. There was one particularly long outer thigh/glute leg lift series that was particularly tough for me. The rest of the work was somewhat broken up (do one side, then repeat on the other side, then move on to the next exercise, rather than huge supersets). The core work include a side plank with leg reach move (love this move and I recognize it from TA Omni and pilates workouts), and some c-curve style abs with lots of pulsing and leg lift variations, and some pilates-style scissors and criss-cross.

For those who are a fan of the faster/large range of motion barre sub-genre, this is a must-have!! For those who enjoy the more traditional barre with tiny pulses and small movements, this probably wouldn’t fit the bill. I enjoy both and am loving barre, and this is a must-have workout for me. It is also refreshing to have a more advanced barre workout since many of them fall in the intermediate range.

Instructor Comments:
I honestly don’t have many of Cathe’s workouts, but I really enjoy the few I do have. (This and CrossFire come to mind). She is very clear and articulate with her instruction, and encouraging and motivating. She always has utmost professional workouts.

Emily B.