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Ellen Barrett Live : Sleek Sculpt Express

4.7 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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30 minutes to a sleek physique! Created by renown fitness expert, Ellen Barrett, SLEEK SCULPT EXPRESS is an ultra efficient toner-upper as it burns calories, tightens and tones, and inspires in body, mind and spirit. Using a mixture of yoga, Pilates and mind/body sculpting, SLEEK SCULPT EXPRESS integrates the muscles of the body, working multiple areas at once. It also flows. Every exercise is choreographed to seamlessly move into the next so muscles are always engaged. There is not a single wasted moment, not-a-one. So come on! Grab a light set of hand weights, kick off your shoes and embark on a love/love relationship with your muscles. They will love you (no aches or pains) and you will love them (strong and gorgeous).

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Ellen Barrett, M.A. is "the country's top fitness instructor" says SELF magazine because she personifies 21st century fitness, where the mind, body and spirit converge for more intelligent, efficient workouts. As a best-selling DVD creator and book author, she's a go-to-expert specifically regarding women and weight loss, Pilates, Fusion fitness, pre- and post-natal exercise and inspired wellness. Sure exercise tones your tush but when it's done right it also makes the spirit soar! That's why Ellen began teaching group exercise while in college and never stopped, teaching all over the globe for Club Med in the Carribean, Crunch Gym in Los Angeles and NYC, Corporate America, the Kripalu Center and eventually at her very own studio in Connecticut. Weight Watcher's hired Ellen as their fitness walking spokeswoman. Lifetime TV selected Ellen as their resident Fit Pro. Family Circle Magazine elected Ellen to their advisory board. FIT TV cast Ellen as lead instructor on All Star Workouts. Her most recent launches have been ELLEN BARRETT LIVE DVD series, Prevention magazine's FLAT BELLY WORKOUT DVD's, and her wellness site Sneak In Some Skinny. Ellen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and son. She travels extensively for workshops, retreats and media events.

Product Details

  • Actors: Ellen Barrett
  • Directors: Seth D. Stein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Buff Girl Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1DV59A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have a large collection of Ellen workouts, but I think she has done her best work with this 30-minute DVD. I feel I worked as hard or harder in 30 minutes than I did with the previous longer workouts. Although this is primarily a sculpting workout, I felt my heart rate really rise during the segment where you have to plie and touch your dumbbells to the ground repeatedly. I would rate this as a solid intermediate with no time wasted; a lot of great compound movements. Ellen does all one side in the first 15 minutes and then you switch sides for the last 15 minutes. You get the same pleasant, airy set as her previous Live workouts with two background exercisers; one shows easier modifications. I used three-pound dumbbells throughout and I would not have wanted to go any higher for intensity or safety purposes for these mostly long-lever movements.

There is no dedicated warm-up, but since this workout only uses light weights, I really didn't feel it was necessary. As an all-standing workout that emphasizes time efficiency, there is only a short cool-down and a few active stretches. However, when you are doing a 30-minute routine, something has to give.

The music is better than a lot of Ellen's previous offerings and the sound volume is excellent. Ms. Barrett, as usual, is very polished and motivating.
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Ive done a lot of exercise DVDs (I own 300+), and Ellen Barrett is one of my favorite instructors. She is very consistent. Cues well, you always know what you are doing, yet she never bores me. I have nearly all her studs (all her Crunch workouts, all her Self workouts, and all her Live series, plus a few more) and I think this may become a favorite.
I love the length (30 minutes, shorter than the 45 min of earlier "live" workouts)sometimes you just have 30 minutes! This is very time efficient. No wasted minutes, and you are holding your light weights from warm up to cool down. Lots of relieves (which I love). No planks (which I also love!)--this workoit is all standing,though you will engage your core throughout.
Like her previous workout, this is small space friendly--if you have room for a yoga Matt, you have room for this.
Totally recommended!
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This has got to be the BEST 30 min total body toning routine I have tried! You use 3lb weights from start to finish and she works your arms, legs and you get a decent cardio effect to! Very happy with this one-and the music is EXCELLENT!
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I have been so slack lately with my workouts, that I've lost all my tone and condition and am just starting back again. Even though I've done tougher workouts than this, this is a great way to either begin again, or just begin. It's tougher than it looks and each movement is fluid and easy. You are never stopping throughout the entire workout and so your heart rate also gets up there quite a bit. It's just under 30 minutes, and it incorporates a small warm up and cool down in that time. Ellen is a good, clear instructor and she's encouraging too without being annoying. The other two exercisers on the DVD are smiley and one is even showing that the same workout can be done without weights.
I suggest light dumbbells to start with because you really are continuously moving your arms and so you don't want to be too fatigued too soon. As you do this more often, you'll be able to increase the weight. At the end of the DVD, she says that your energy level will be on high for quite some time after you're done, and she's not wrong. I do this workout on days where I've only gone for a 20 minute walk and I find that doing that little bit of cardio plus this 30 minute routine, is enough for busy days. I highly recommend this DVD.
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Let me start out by saying I love Ellen Barrett's workouts and own many of them. I have been doing them for years and also use 5 lb hand weights regularly. I have never been injured before doing an exercise dvd, but I ended up hurting my back/shoulder blade really badly after doing this dvd. I don't have any preexisting back problems and I am afraid to do this dvd again even without the weights. I am in fairly good shape and in my early 30s. I liked that this was an express workout, but I wonder if it was too rushed and whether it should have included more back or arm stretches? I wanted to put this review in to caution people to be extra careful if you do this dvd. I didn't feel it until the next day when I tried to lift my 2 year old and almost passed out from the pain. I would recommend the weight lifting dvd Ellen did for SELF if you are looking for a similar, but less-rushed exercise routine.
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I absolutely love Sleek Sculpt Express. It's the first Ellen Barrett DVD I've seen, and she's excellent -- good cuing, motivating and supportive without being super-perky and annoying, she seems really genuine and friendly and just basically like a nice person to spend 30 minutes listening to. The music is a great fit -- it's nice and keeps you going (kind of new age-y with a beat), but it also fades into the background enough that you don't get sick of it. The workout itself is great. I sweat and my heart rate gets up, and my muscles get a real workout too (I feel it the next day!). I've been doing it maybe 2-3 times a week for a month or so, and I can already feel a difference in my strength and endurance (and can handle heavier hand weights than when I started). I love the 30 minute length, because it keeps me from the "waah-I-don't-have-time" excuse. Totally efficient use of time: nonstop, flowing movements. LOVE it. I would buy a bunch of these -- Ellen, if you're out there, make more!
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