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Balance Ball Fitness - Abs Workout [VHS] (1999)

 NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Gaiam
  • VHS Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305895791
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


There are plenty of ways to work the abs using a stability ball, and instructor Suzanne Deason uses them all. Deason is a yoga and Pilates instructor who incorporates both disciplines in this rigorous, slow-paced workout for the abdominals and back. Deason instructs soothingly and interrupts the workout several times for needed stretches and rest breaks, but your abs will still scream by the end of this 45-minute video.

You'll need a BalanceBall or other stability ball (large, inflatable, exercise ball). If you've never used one before, don't worry--Deason spends time showing you how to sit on it using your balance muscles so you don't roll off. Then she uses the ball in many different positions: sitting on it, lying on it belly up, lying on it belly down, holding it, rolling it, lifting it, bouncing it, even kneeling on it. The moves start out simple and get progressively harder. The result is an intense abdominal workout. --Joan Price

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and Feel it Burn March 10, 2001
By A Customer
This workout is in a very peaceful atmosphere, with water running in the background and a beautiful setting. I really like how it seems as if the instructor is following the instructions just like the viewers, listening to her recorded voice. It makes doing the stretches and exercises a lot easier. This video is very easy to follow and they explain the correct way to breath, sit, stretch, almost everything. The instructor has a very soothing voice that just helps you to relax. I would recommend this video for someone to use after they workout to cool down and feel a nice burn in their abs. The is one exercise is kind of difficult if you are using it for the first couple of times, but once you start using it, it gets easier and easier until you can do the exercise perfectly. I would recommend this video to anyone who wants to tighten their abs without straining his or herself while relaxing after an aerobic workout.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars disclaimer: know Pilates first April 6, 2002
This ab workout is amazing, but deceptively hard. The workout is based on Pilates moves and I think someone who has not had experience with Pilates techniques and breathing may either have a hard time with getting the posturing right (and keeping it that way), and may be wasting their time if they don't have the proper Pilates basics down. A lot of the ab work depends on using your abs to breathe, and this is explained well by the instructor. One problem with the video is that some of the moves she does towards the end of the workout are very advanced Pilates moves-- impossible at a beginner or even intermediate level. Some of these moves have to be built up to with other moves, but the instructor just has us doing them as if they were simple situps. She does, however, aknowledge that we may have difficulties doing some of the moves, and offers alternate moves (eg. alternating leg and arm moves instead of doing them simultaneously). If you have never done Pilates before, I suggest doing this video with someone who has, and can give you tips on posturing that the video does not provide. All in all, however, this is a great video and a VERY hard ab workout. I was definately feeling it the next day.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Abs Workout March 11, 2003
By A Customer
I love this video. The first time I did it, it didn't feel like I was working anything, but I did the whole 30 minutes nonetheless. Later that evening, I couldn't believe how much I had worked my abs. They actually hurt when I laughed! And I couldn't work them for a few days. Since then, I can do the tape every other day or so and I can see a lot more definition. I feel great and refreshed on the days that I do the tape.
Also, it is a very relaxing setting and Suzanne is very calming which is good if you're not looking for a high energy workout. Very yoga-like.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Natasha
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Most ab workout videos cause me a great deal of pain in my lower back due to an old injury. This video is amazing! Not only is the ball supportive but the video gives you variations for certain moves until you are stronger. Susan Deason goes over the moves thoroughly but I suggest watching the video first, then participating in the moves. If you are out of shape or overweight, this a great video to add to walking for exercise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great after a long day at work January 5, 2003
By Audiaa
This is a great abs workout and very relaxing. The method involves lots of stretching and focusing on breathing. Lots of different exercises are introduced. Some are easy and some are more difficult. My mom says that there's no way she'll ever be able to do the move where you lie on your back with the ball between your feet and then put your feet and the ball over your head, but she can do all the other moves. Because there aren't many repetitions of each move, it doesn't seem like the workout is that hard, but I can definitely feel it later. This is not one of those ab workouts that will make you sweat or cry in pain, but it is still very effective though a little slow and long at times. An added bonus is all the stretching and relaxing over the ball which makes this a great workout for after work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great abs workout with both Pilates and yoga elements January 22, 2005
Balance Ball Fitness Abs is a slow-moving yet tough workout which will really challenge your abdominal and core strength. Prior to the start of the workout, instructor Suzanne Deason spends approximately 5 minutes providing basic instruction plus a few warm-up moves on the ball, including rolling the pelvis and hip areas plus draping yourself over the ball. The workout begins with some basic twists and crunch movements both sitting and lying on top of the ball. You then move to the floor on your back, placing the ball between your legs for a toe tap series both with and without arm movements; many of my Pilates videos include similar exercises. Next come two additional Pilates moves: rolling up from a lying position and doing a twist while in a seated stradle position. In these exercises, the ball really helps to assist with correct placement and form.

You will then lie on top of the ball, face down, for a series of tough moves in a plank position. Particularly difficult was forming a plank with only your toes on the ball and then rolling your knees in towards your chest--you will definitely feel this one! Following this, Suzanne does a nice relaxing side twist, but you're not quite done: the most challenging work is still to come. In the final segment, you again return to lying on the floor on your back, this time placing the ball between your feet for some moves which concentrate on the lower abs area. For the most difficult of these, you lift your hips, moving your legs overhead and setting the ball down on the floor behind you. This looks like a yoga pose, the plow, but the exercise is actually dervived from the Pilates rollover, and it requires quite a bit of prerequiste core strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite work out
The Balance Ball Fitness - Abs workout is my favorite of all of them. After 4 kids I wanted to tone the abs to be totally flat and firm like I had before the kids. Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by Sonya Lentini
5.0 out of 5 stars Sore the next day
I've been working out for some time and let me tell you that this video actually made me sore the next day. Read more
Published on April 12, 2003 by Charla Ledger
4.0 out of 5 stars Requires some advanced yoga
This video does work just that its a yoga based video. Because of this you will not get results unless you use proper breathing. Read more
Published on April 9, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel refreshed after doing this
I thoroughly enjoy working through this tape. I've only been doing it for about 2 weeks, and I can already feel my progress. Read more
Published on March 6, 2003 by C. Kraemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Deason rules!
I first bought the balance ball kit with the sample video. I did that for a while so I could get used to using the balance ball. Read more
Published on January 24, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too easy
i purchased a Living Fitness ball that came with a sample workout for the abs.It was reasonably tough so i decided to get the full video.BAD! Read more
Published on August 24, 2002 by "monkeypuff"
1.0 out of 5 stars Too slow
I'm out of shape and have been trying out all the ball tapes because I enjoy the ball workouts. I didn't even break a sweat with this one. Read more
Published on July 31, 2002
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