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Ballet Beautiful: Body Blast (2012)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009FFHWRU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Get long lean lines with zero bulk! Get a fit firm and graceful body with this ballet inspired workout from Mary Helen Bowers trainer to the stars! Sculpt a lean long dancer's body with four 15-minute targeted workouts! Mix and match these workouts to tone your arms abs and butt! Perfect for anyone pressed for time and looking for a quick and challenging workout with great results! Strengthen and stretch muscles simultaneously to elongate and tone the entire body! Includes Ballet Beautiful Swan ArmsT a 15-minute Ballet Beautiful Body Blast and Butt Series Parts 1 &2. Swan Arms: A graceful workout that tones and sculpts lean feminine arms while building upper body strength and posture. 15 Minute Blast: A full body workout that lengthens and tones muscles in the legs butt abs and upper body. Butt Series Part 1: A targeted workout that tightens and tones the back of the legs and butt. Butt Series Part 2: A focused workout for the outside of the hip thigh and butt; tightening toning and lengthening the line of the leg.

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216 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful workouts that will get you results! December 24, 2012
Format:DVD
Purchasing this Body Blast DVD and the full-body one was my first experience using Mary Helen's workouts, and I really like them. The soothing classical piano music, the lovely white set, and Mary Helen's soft voice make for two workouts that are pleasant -- even while Mary Helen is killing you! These might look easy, but they are tough!

As other reviewers have noted, these are not ballet exercises, but more toning/strengthening exercises. All you need to do this workout and the Total Body one is a mat.

The Body Blast DVD includes four fifteen-minute segments, one focusing on swan arms, one on the entire body, and two Butt Blast series.

If you are familiar with Tracey Anderson's workouts, the two Butt Blast segments on the Blasts DVD reminded me a lot of Tracey's Metamorphosis Hipcentric workout, where you work your legs from an all-fours position. I got great results using Tracey's Hipcentric before I had to stop it due to back strain, but because Mary Helen uses slower pacing, her workout seems much easier on my back. I do have some wrist pain when doing these two segments, but Mary Helen says that you can go down to your forearms if you need to.

For each exercises, you will do four sets of eight repetitions. Mary Helen counts each and every rep, which some people might not like, but I've found that it helps me get into the rhythm of the moves. She also repeats the same phrases, and I could see how that might get old after a while.

If you like these, you might also like Leah Sarago's Ballet Body workouts (Ballet Body Signature Series Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body Signature Series Core Body Workout, and Ballet Body Signature Series Lower Body Workout), which are equally challenging, but equally fun.
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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough Mary Helen! May 12, 2013
Format:DVD
I got this dvd along with the "Total Body Workout" one. Both (at the time) came to a total of something like $20. Best $20 I ever spent!

Mary Helen Bowers is someone you could picture being the perfect friend to work out with. She has an incredible body and relentless focus/dedication, but also a very sensible, great philosophy about working out, food, body image, etc. She encourages self-acceptance, taking things at your own pace, and maintaining a lifestyle that you can easily sustain over years rather than some 'push yourself to death for 2 months' regime (as though THAT'S going to work long-term!!). As a result, I know some people might find these workouts not "energizing" enough but personally, this is exactly what I was looking for. I don't like working out (in the typical sense), I HATE cardio, I didn't want to be shouted at or forced to pump my booty to stupid club music in ways that made me sure to draw the curtains (TIGHTLY) every time I worked out - I just wanted to integrate a good workout into my daily life and gain strength and grace without looking/feeling totally ridiculous.

That being said, the first few weeks of her workouts will likely have you feeling like a floundering whale while she glides through the exercises - the first time I did the bridge series (working abs, butt, thighs, calves, all in one), I was in pain for three days afterwards - but it's sooooo satisfying and exciting to notice yourself improving and thinking, "Hey, I used to be unable to complete this set with her and now I can keep up!" I've never had muscles like these (even when I was really into yoga/hot yoga, jogging, etc.) so it's cool to feel strong and energetic as well as slim!
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Amazing December 12, 2012
Format:DVD
I absolutely cannot say enough good things about the Ballet Beautiful Body Blast. It truly transformed my body in a way I truly didn't think would be possible. Like, obliterated cellulite! Mary Helen Bowers is a genius. I am not a dancer but found the format really easy to follow and the exercises make me feel graceful and totally lean. It is the BEST!
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more Ballet Beautiful! January 19, 2013
By Kay
Format:DVD
I started with Mary Helen Bowers' Total Body Workout DVD and then finally bought this one. I honestly thought it might be a waste of money because I saw a preview clip online and thought it was just be a repeat of Total Body and then the rest would be simple versions of Tracy Anderson moves, but I was wrong. This DVD will kick your butt (and arms, and back, and everything else) Body Blast makes it burn, but it's an amazing burn.

I wrote a review for the Total Body workout and talked about how Ballet Beautiful compares to Tracy Anderson--but I do want to say that I get excited to do Ballet Beautiful more than I've ever been excited to work out. It doesn't make me dread it and I think it's her relaxed, graceful attitude that I find very motivating and welcoming. Tracy's workouts require me to think more about the move and in general it's just more complicated. Yes, that makes a good workout, BUT Mary Helen Bowers has come up with some very simple but powerful moves that tone, elongate, and kick your muscles into shape. It's almost relaxing just in the fact that it's uncomplicated, except you will find yourself trying to imagine you are in another world so you don't have to feel the intense pain and trembling going on from all the reps. I think the classical music also helps me focus on the workout and inspires me, as I said in the other review, it does make you feel like a ballerina. Mary Helen's voice is also very soothing. :)

Also, I'm convinced the Swan Arms combined with the arm segment in Total Body are all a person needs to get trim, toned arms. You don't need pushups, you don't need weights. What this does is gives you that sculpted but feminine ballerina body.

I want Mary Helen Bowers to make more workout DVDs! Love them!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it would be good to really know approximately when the torture will...
I found this workout to be very challenging. I had to stop and take a second or two before continuing with the reps. That being said, I found the cuing to be very confusing. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars The 15 minute sessions are perfect for breaking up when you want to...
The 15 minute sessions are perfect for breaking up when you want to get a little something in before the kids are up! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Catherine Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars The opposite of Zumba, and grateful for it
If you're prone to laziness like I am and you don't enjoy 99% of the workout videos out there, give Ballet Beautiful a shot. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sara Gaines
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good workout! 4 stars because of her voice.
Published 12 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
This is the best exercise ever! I lost 5 lbs the 1st week doing her DVD. Then I bought this book and it is excellent. Read more
Published 13 days ago by GreatDaneGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great low impact workout
Published 14 days ago by Jaci
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to keep up with her. Some exercises I ...
Difficult to keep up with her. Some exercises I could not finish. I wish they would be more realistic. I do not think it is worth buying.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a pure barre attendee but this is great to do at home - after 2...
I'm a pure barre attendee but this is great to do at home - after 2 weeks I have a noticeable difference in my stomach and posture. Read more
Published 20 days ago by nanemec
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great as an instant video
I like the workout, but I've given it 3 stars because, in instant video format, you can't jump between the 15 minute segments, and there's no easy way to find them, other than fast... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Andrea337
5.0 out of 5 stars ... 1st 15 minute arms is a killer and very good for
The 1st 15 minute arms is a killer and very good for toning
Published 22 days ago by Elisha Lowe
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