Build glute strength in just seven minutes with this barre workout

This quick, efficient session is great for when you don't have time for the gym

A woman performing a donkey kick as part of a glute workout at home
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Hardcore HIIT workouts have a habit of leaving you wondering which way is up — ideal if you're after a sweat-soaked exercise session. But sometimes, particularly around the festive period, you might want something a little less intense to help you get moving. 

This barre workout from Sweat app trainer Britany Williams fits that description perfectly. It's low impact and low-intensity, but will still get your glutes firing in just seven minutes, making it a great fit for anyone short in time (Williams managed to fit it in during the soccer World Cup final half-time break). 

You don't need any equipment either, though we recommend using one of the best yoga mats for some extra cushioning under your knees. 

Inspired by ballet and Pilates-style training, Barre workouts use a combination of repeated movement patterns and isometric holds (think exercises that require you to maintain a set position to keep your muscles under tension, like the plank) to build strength and flexibility. They tend to focus on the core and lower body. 

This session from Williams uses a series of donkey kick variations to target the glutes, but it can help also strengthen your core, hamstrings and improve hip mobility. Follow along with her video below to give the session a go, and copy her technique to ensure you're using the right form for each exercise. 

Watch Britany Williams' glute workout

If you're looking for similar low-impact forms of exercise to help you get moving over the Christmas holidays, yoga and Pilates are two other top options. 

There are many similarities between the two practices, though while yoga tends to involve flowing between poses and holding them for a set amount of time, Pilates is more movement-based and requires you to repeat a series of exercise patterns to engage your muscles.

An article published in the Muscle, Ligaments and Tendons Journal suggested that, though research into the practice is limited, Pilates may improve flexibility, stability and muscular activity. Meanwhile yoga can improve strength, endurance, flexibility and fitness, as well as improving body image, according to the Harvard Medical School

If you want to give either of these activities a try, our Pilates for beginners plan or these anti-aging yoga moves are good places to start.

Harry Bullmore
Fitness Writer

Harry Bullmore is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering accessible home workouts, strength training session, and yoga routines. He joined the team from Hearst, where he reviewed products for Men's Health, Women's Health, and Runner's World. He is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and splits his time between weightlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics, which he does to build strength, boost his wellbeing, and have fun.

Harry is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, and has written for Vice, Learning Disability Today, and The Argus, where he was a crime, politics, and sports reporter for several UK regional and national newspapers.