Barre exercises are growing in popularity as more women and men alike seek to find a full-body workout that is low-impact and targets both minor and major muscle groups. Working the minor muscle groups is important for toning, as these are the muscles that will pull in the major muscles when used repeatedly. Barre exercises are intense, as you must uphold the rhythm of repetitive moves that grow increasingly more difficult. Watching a barre class, you might wonder why the participants are sweating so much when they are locked in one position with a single limb moving back and forth, but strengthening these minor muscles requires extreme focus and intensity. Barre shrinks areas like the hips and thighs that other exercises will only expand with muscle growth. Try the following exercises at home to begin shrinking your trouble zones.