Develop core strength and full-body muscle with this seven-move workout

Whether you're at home or at the gym, you just need to pick up a pair of light dumbbells and get to work

A woman completing a barre workout using dumbbells and an exercise mat
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Home workouts can become a bit repetitive after a while. HIIT sessions filled with sit-ups, press-ups and squats are fine for a short sweat, but if you're regularly exercising sans gym they can quickly grow tiresome.

We're here to tell you that your home workout routine needn't grow stale. With the help of a couple of dumbbells and an imaginative instructor, a whole world of challenging exercises and fun workout styles awaits you (if you're in the market for a new set of weights, we highly recommend checking out our selection of the best adjustable dumbbells). 

Take this barre workout from Britany Williams. It incorporates resistance movements, Pilates-style exercises, and even ballet-inspired positional strength work to challenge muscles all over your body. 

And best of all? There's not a sit-up in sight, with Williams instead opting for more interesting movements that will keep your mind and muscles engaged, ensuring you don't fall victim to mid-workout boredom. 

Watch Williams' exercise demonstrations below to learn about each of the exercises you'll be doing in this workout. If you've not tried some of them before, practice each one until you feel comfortable with the technique. Then you're ready to give this session a go. 

Watch Britany Williams' full-body workout

The workout is a circuit of seven exercises. In a video posted on Instagram, Williams challenges her followers to perform each exercise for 30 seconds on each side of your body then move on to the next one, resting as little as possible between sets. 

After you've completed all seven exercises, take a break for two minutes then get back to work with the first movement: the lying figure-four push-up. The workout is finished when you've completed three full rounds of the seven-move circuit. 

Barre is an exercise style that combines elements of yoga, Pilates and ballet to build strength and flexibility. It's also designed to be low-impact, going easier on your joints than explosive movements often found in high-intensity workouts. 

This makes it a good choice if you've previously struggled with injuries in areas like your knees, hips and elbows. However, if you think the movements in this workout look too challenging, you can try these anti-aging yoga moves or our Pilates for beginners plan as alternative ways to build full-body strength.

Like with this routine, you don't need much equipment if you want to get started with yoga or Pilates. Most of the time, all you need is a quiet space where you can practice, although it can help to roll out one of the best yoga mats for some underfoot support and a more comfortable session. 

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.