How to Buy a Portable Ballet Barre

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You no longer have to go to the gym or studio to take advantage of the opportunity to practice and work out provided by the classic ballet barre. Get ready to point your toes and enjoy the convenience of using the ballet barre any time.

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    Choose a barre made out of lightweight aluminum for easiest portability. Make sure it has a baked-on finish that will last as regular aluminum can stain your hands.

  2. 2

    Pick steel or wood barres for greatest durability. These barres generally weigh a good bit more than aluminum ones, but they are exceedingly durable and good for those who do not anticipate moving their equipment often.

  3. 3

    Buy portable ballet barres with "no skid" feet. Stability is essential when working out with an apparatus. This feature will also protect wooden floors.

  4. 4

    Select a portable barre that comes with a carrying bag for frequent transport and general storage.

  5. 5

    Decide whether you prefer a single or double ballet barre. A double barre is great for when you and a friend want to work out together.

  6. 6

    Buy a barre that is easy to set up and take down if you plan on frequent relocation. Choose a collapsible barre that requires no tools for disassembly.

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    Choose portable ballet barres that are adjustable in height. One modifiable from 30 to 50 inches is sufficient for most people.

  8. 8

    Get a barre that is at least 4 feet long to accommodate the range of exercises you perform. Some barres have telescoping features to change the length. This is particularly important when using barres in smaller spaces.

  9. 9

    Look at portable ballet barres from some of the major sellers. These include The Barre Company, The Beam Store and Alvas (see Resources below).

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid ballet barres that weigh more than 14 pounds, as they are cumbersome to move from place to place.

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