DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’m almost done painting the trailer!  April showers have made it a little challenging, but I’m sure you guys will love the finished product.  Stay tuned for the juciness of our canned ham!

Remember the time I told you I have an addiction to infomercials, and designed a whole workout room because of it?

What I wanted to buy on the infomercial was $400. *insert eye roll* pfff.  Yeah right.

I found a way to build it for around $20.

Maybe **I** should be making infomercials!  BUT WAAAAAIT!!!!!!!  THERE’S MORE!!!!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I bought 2 closet brackets from Lowes for $6.40 each.  And a dowel 2″ in diameter.

Closet Bracket

I had a spare board laying around in my garage.  I painted the dowel and board the same color of gray that I used in the triangle wall (Taupe Tone by Sherwin-Williams).

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I wanted to use a board so that I could mount the closet brackets to the board, and secure the boards to studs.  With all the stress that would be on the barre during workouts, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be ripped off the wall.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Using drywall screws, I secured it to the studs.  I painted over the screws so it would blend in a little nicer.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Be very careful when you attach your dowel to your wall brackets.  Put your power drill on the slowest setting, and I would highly advise drilling a pilot hole.  This wood can split very easily.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’ve done a few different barre workouts, and this one is by far my favorite. I sweat like a Carl’s Jr model spending an afternoon with Richard Simmons.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

It’s definitely a welcome change.  I do love running, but this is a fun workout to mix things up.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Evelyn loves exercising with me too.  She’s the queen of wiggle-ninety-x.  (Infomercial coming soon)

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

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  • http://relativelyrealistic.blogspot.com/ Bethany Kline

    Very cool! Sometimes variety is all you need to get motivated! Also, You HAVE to teach me how to make gifs…

    • Kenz

      I know there are a lot of ways to make gifs. But I have the google+ app on my phone, and all my pictures back up to g+. There is a feature called “auto awesome” and when it detects 5 pictures taken in a sequence, it automatically turns it into a gif. Try it out!

  • Rita

    The bar is very cool–but that wall! How did I miss that? Of course, the coolest thing of all is that cutie wiggling on the rug. :-)

    • Kenz

      Isn’t that wall divine?? I love it!!

  • http://www.sentimentaljourneyz.com/ Vickie Medley

    Boy, does that bring back memories. I took and taught ballet as a teen and had a ballet barre in the basement. I’m such a firm believer in ballet being the best for stretching muscles giving your body a lean look. That, and yoga too. You and your cutie pie are going to have a ball!

    • Kenz

      Vickie that’s so awesome!!! I’m not much of a dancer at all. But I’ve gotten really into ballet since Aaron and I got married. He actually loves the ballet. He does a ton of IT work for Ballet West. He’s listed as a main contributer on their site and in their program. Because of that we always get tickets to the ballet, and always really good seats. I’ve really fallen in love with it. I’ve played the violin my whole life, so I can definitely appreciate the pit orchestra. It’s such a great experience. I really want to teach Evelyn to love and appreciate the arts.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    What a great idea Kenz. It looks fantastic. Way to save some dough too :) Evelyn is a wiggle master :)

    • Kenz

      THanks Katja! it was definitely much cheaper than the alternative.

  • Caitlin J.

    I love it! I’ve been doing barre classes too, and it kicks my butt. It’d be fun to do the workouts at home, this is such a good idea!

    • Kenz

      Remember the barre your dad built in your old house when you were little?? I have pictures of us playing on it. I should try and dig them out. xoxo

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I adore this! How fun is this exercise room!?! I actually want to exercise which is a new sensation! That gif of Evelyn is too much!

    • Kenz

      haha, it’s a newer sensation for me too. I played tennis in high school and would occasionally run. But when my PCOS started to get out of control in the past couple of years I was basically forced into daily exercise, or else my body stops working right. I guess that’s one way to be “motivated.”

  • http://www.gohausgo.com/ emily @ go haus go

    What a great idea! There is a pure barre place right by my work and I’m always tempted to sign up for a class. Love your DIY solution at home! Genius.

    • Kenz

      You should definitely sign up for a class sometime. It’s so fun! If I were normal, I might go to a class at a gym. But let’s be honest, I HATE leaving the house. Just one more reason to be an introvert :)

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    awesome job! love the evelyn gif too, OF COURSE.

    • Kenz

      Thanks :) She is the workout leader in this house.

  • http://www.desertdomicile.com/ Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    So awesome! Forgive me but what is barre? I’ve heard of the workout before but I have no idea what it involves…

    • Kenz

      So the barre is how they strength train in ballet. I’m no part dancer. (just human) But it’s still a lot of fun. It’s great for long & lean muscles and good bums :)

  • kelly @ view along the way

    Wiggle-90-x. HAHA! I’ve never done a barre workout before but it sounds kind of awesome. Great idea!

    • Kenz

      You should look into it if you ever get the chance at your local gym. A lot of them offer barre classes. It’s a lot of a fun!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    i am totally getting the wiggle 90x. i hear it’s a great core workout. and love your workout room!

    • Kenz

      haha it’s the BEST on the core :)

  • http://boxycolonial.com/ Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    you are so smart and thrifty! and your baby’s still cute.

    • Kenz

      Okay, well let’s just be clear… “Thrifty” because Aaron would murder me if I spent $400 on a piece of workout gear from an infomercial. My infomercial budget is strictly a one time payment of $29.95

  • Kristin Strickler Cadwallader

    That’s awesome! xo Kristin

    • Kenz

      Thank you!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Oh, look at that squirmy wee babe.

    And also, look at you! Working out on the barre!??!? Woman, you are on fire! And painting that trailer… I cannot wait to see the transformation.

    • Kenz

      She’s a pro squirmer. :) Oh please, I would hardly call it fire. (As you can see, it has taken me 9 days to respond to comments) There’s not a lot of time for Internetting.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Awww look at that little gif. Love her wiggle-ninety-x! So cute.
    Wish I’d have room for a bar too. Never heard of that workout.

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I love her squishy little face. I’m an obsessed mama. I’m in no way shape or form a dancer, but the barre is what ballerinas use to build strength. It’s pretty dang good!

  • http://newlywoodwards.com/ Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    Love the gif so much. ugh. I want to squeeze her.

    Great work on the barre, friend. You are awesome.

    • Kenz

      Thanks! She is soooo squeezable!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    Very cool! Your room looks amazing. I would want to workout in there. I would probably just kick it like Evelyn though.

    • Kenz

      haha! A good majority of the time I just lay on the floor and play with her like that. Let’s be honest, wiggle90x is the best workout anyway ;)