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Ballet Body Signature Series Core Body Workout (2012)

Leah Sarago , Ed Lamberg  |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leah Sarago
  • Directors: Ed Lamberg
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Leah Sarago Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006S2WBHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

For over a decade, Leah Sarago has designed a specific fitness regime that is directly focused on creating a long and lean physique akin to a dancer s body. Leah has choreographed and starred in several nationally recognized top-selling fitness DVD brands. She has trained NFL players during the 2009/2010 combine picks and her weekly downloadable workouts have received international acclaim. Leah holds a BS in Exercise Science and Dance where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Leah travels the country teaching workshops that feature her Ballet Body techniques.

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Challenge your core with Ballet Body's dynamic, integrative training approach to help flatten the mid-section while building core strength. While cardio and diet are the essential components to reducing abdominal fat, properly training the core is the key element to achieving a flatter belly. As the abdominal muscles weaken with age, pregnancy, and a lack of exercise, the belly begins to protrude outward as a result. Ballet Body's core workout will train the abdominals to act as a "corset" to tighten and flatten your belly, while strengthening the core at the same time. Ballet Body's core workout emulates a non-surgical "tummy-tuck". Leah has designed this workout to target your core from all angles. This complete core workout begins with standing abdominal exercises to challenge the core with balance, movement, and control. Then, work your core with variations in side planks and pilates-inspired abdominal exercises on the mat. Balance the ab-focused exercises with strengthening the muscles along the spine and back before flowing into deep stretching. Download the free workout plan for the Ballet Body Signature Series DVDs at

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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I had never done any of Leah Sarago's workouts before getting the three new Signature Series DVDs. I had heard such raves about her downloads and these DVDs on the Video Fitness forum, though, that I decided to give them a try. Although I have done similar workouts in the past, I had been worried before ordering these that the Ballet Body workouts would be too advanced for a Ballet Body newbie like me. Each DVD is definitely tough, but they are fun and the time seems to fly by.

The workout runs about 45 minutes long, and you just need a mat to do it. I had been worried that it would be too long and intense for me, but Leah paces it so that just as your core seems to tire from one move, she has you move on to a different one.

This Core workout includes standing core work, along with many variations on side planks and C-curve work. Since my core is my weakest area and I often struggle with lower back problems, this workout was the one I was most worried about being able to do, but I've been able to stick with it by just taking more frequent breaks. I can tell that this DVD is going to make me much stronger and help with my back issues.

Also, if you struggle with neck issues when doing this DVD, try Googling "Pilates Enthusiasts Neck Strain and the C-Curve" for a great video on tips to help with strain/pain. For the last month, I have also been using Suzanne Bowen's Gorgeous Core with Suzanne Bowen DVD, and I think that it helped me build up to doing the Ballet Body one.

One of the only negatives in this and the Lower Body workout is that sometimes I had a hard time seeing the angles and positioning of Leah's body. (In the Upper Body workout, I didn't have this problem.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By livvie
Imagine being severely overweight, your stomach is out to HERE and drags down to THERE.
And then imagine someone saying "I can make it all better."
You laugh.
Nope. Leah can do it!

Leah works "corset" muscles properly, teaching you to train your abs in and flat, not out and puffy, and boy, does she hit your core in EVERY angle. Planks, standing and c-curve work. [no crunches here, but sometimes You wish at the end that's all ya did!] and then you turn around and work your upper, mid and lower back and balance [remember the back is core too!}. 45 minutes of slightly cardio-esque work while you work your core, so while you eat properly and do cardio (buhbye abdominal fat!) when it is all gone, you will have flat, strong abs, that most dancers will be envious. These can be supplemented with Leah Sarago's downloads [I've been training with this woman for almost two years now, and I am telling you, she's a wizard]. but the dvds, get the downloads, train your body properly, and look and feel fantastic.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and effective way to work your core! January 30, 2012
By gwinter
I am a subscriber to Ballet Body downloads since June 2010. I have all of Ballet Body downloads and the Periodization System. I love everything Leah Sarago has put out and I have been anxiously waiting for the Ballet Body Signature Series to be released. The wait was worth it!

Ballet Body Signature Series Core dvd is a unique workout that works your core in forty-five minutes. Forty-five minutes may seem like a long time to work your core, but Leah has broken the workout down in three segments. First is standing abs, side planks, and variations of the c-curve. The standing abs portion of the workout uses balancing moves to engage your core. The exercises are done gracefully and you feel like a dancer while performing the moves. Next is a series of side planks to hit the obliques and abs more. Leah uses a lot of variety to work the abs while on your side. Last is the c-curve exercises. Leah quickly moves from one exercise to another. She doesn't do a whole bunch of reps, but uses a lot of variety to hit different angles of the abs. Leah completes the core workout with stretches to release any tension that you may have in your upper body, neck, and abs.

Get this won't be disappointed!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting April 27, 2012
By Tara K.
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I bought this product mostly because it had such positive reviews and I am disappointed. There is no warm up, Leah just immediately jumps into exercises that require a back round in dance training to hold your balance/ body right and a good knowledge of yoga. I have been dancing for 4 years and found her jumping into working out right away dangerous. Her moves are also advanced so if you are advanced you will probably like this alot. A knowledge of yoga is a must for some of these moves.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Challenging Workout April 11, 2012
By ShellyF
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I usually end up putting workout Dvds in my stack of 100's as ok. I think maybe they will be good to use if I cant get to the gym. I have done Every workout there is. Insanity, P90X, Hip hop abs and have been a personal trainer for 15 years and these DVD's blew me away. I have never been more challenged in my 20 years of fitness and exercise. The ballet title is deceiving. This woman will change your body. I was so impressed with these 3 workouts and wish she would make more!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazingly Well-balanced Core Workout! January 30, 2012
By Casey
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I always say that I don't like to specifically work my abs (crunches are dreadful), but this DVD makes working your abs and core enjoyable and fun. There is a wide variety of moves that challenge your entire core (transverse abs, obliques, back), not just the six-pack muscles. The DVD begins with standing work to challenge your balance and force your core to stabilize. There is a short series of side planks, which is just long enough to feel the burn! The work then moves onto the mat for pilates-inspired variations that target the obliques and transverse abs. The DVD ends with back extensions and bridge work.

The DVD is very well-balanced. It targets the major core stabilizing muscles, including the back, which is often overlooked. As always, Leah's cuing is spot-on, which allows you to feel the work deep in your abs. I have learned so much from Leah's attention to form and detail. This DVD contains many unique variations on traditional moves that make it so fresh, exciting, and particularly challenging!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The reviews were great, but the video is not what I thought
The reviews were great, but the video is not what I thought. It has nothing much to do with ballet, the music is irritating to the ear - not at all beautiful, the dull ballet room... Read more
Published 1 day ago by karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great workout!
You won't magically become a ballerina, but you will develop the long and lean muscles of one. This workout will get you in shape!
Published 3 months ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This workout will kick you butt!!! Im a former dancer and after a few years of not dancing i decided to start up with these again! i forgot how much work it was! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Destinee Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout
A cool change in ab routines and I like the music! This will be in my ab workout rotation for sure.
Published 6 months ago by Samantha C. Shorey
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
This kicked my butt i loved it i even had my boyfriend doing it with me i know thats not manly but who cared he loves it too!!
Published 6 months ago by Karina chery
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
I found this challenging and until I learned the exercises I had to pause, back up and watch again but I felt I got a great work out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jbella
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Workout!
Challenging, since the video works out all the different parts of your abs and your back, too. My abs were sore for a couple of days after the first time I used it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Megan Garver
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The workouts are amazing. Is it hard? Some of the floor exercises are very advanced, but there are some that aren't such as the standing exercises, and the crunches, but then you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nena
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this workout!!!!!
I have been exercising at home for decades-- beginning with the Firm, reebok step aerobics, tracie long, cathe, jillian, kristen mcgee etc., and this is my absolute favorite! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bennett88
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
This is soo good! Really hard, but really works! Good music and she's not annoying. Would definitely recommend the whole series.
Published 9 months ago by Meghan K. O'Leary
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