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Grace and Gusto

Ellen Barrett , Seth D. Stein  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ellen Barrett
  • Directors: Seth D. Stein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ellen Barrett Live
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ISGU0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

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 launch has been ELLEN BARRETT LIVE DVD series, and Prevention magazine's FLAT BELLY WORKOUT DVD's. To view Ellen's reel, click here. Ellen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and son. She travels extensively for workshops, retreats and media events.

Product Description

The second release in the ELLEN BARRETT LIVE series, Grace+Gusto is a real class, with real class regulars, filmed exclusively in Ellen's studio. Like the other DVDs, it's cardio, stretch and strength all rolled into one for total body conditioning and total person wellness. The 45 minute workout starts with easy dancer warm up that segues into 40 minutes of graceful cardio. The last 5 minutes of mat work flatten the belly and firm the upper arms.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ellen Exercise video yet December 31, 2011
I love this workout. It is fantastic, smooth and elegant. It doesn' t feel like anything is overdone, it works arms, and core, legs and butt. I know I need all the arm work I can get. It is something I think most women overlook. l have done almost all of Ellen's video workouts and this is the Best one yet. It is smooth and subtle, and with good cardio. Enough variety in moves to keep you alert and working, you won't get bored. I get bored when there is too many reps of one move, unless it is an "oasis". Her word. I think every workout needs little spots to catch your breath, thus oasis. I have knee and back problems, so I frequently switch between all of her videos, depending on what I think my body needs. Her workouts really work. I have lost weight, toned up, and I feel better. My knees don't hurt as much because she has helped me built up muscles to help support them( I used to run alot when I was younger), my back hurts less, because she works on the whole core, not just abs but the back for strength to offset ab work. I love the ballet aspect to all her workouts, I took ballet for many years and have found comfort in doing something familiar, and her videos also make you feel like you're with her in the Studio. I can't wait for the next one, it seems that each one gets better. Thanks Ellen.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deceptively hard and very good February 14, 2012
this is one the best exercise DVD's I own. (I own many) Looks's not. It's not super hard but hard enough to feel it the next day and get the heart rate up. Tones the entire body. If you like dance and Pilates with a little yoga and some cardio,,,,this is the one to get.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace, Gusto...Guys??? Yep..Guys (at least me) September 6, 2012
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I'm a guy, and will never been mistaken as graceful, but that won't stop me from trying to be. I found this workout a little bit humbling in that I had to drop my arms a few times, i was stunned at how much they were being worked by what looked like an easy to do tape, led by a great instructor. This DVD works, although I did fall over a few times during moving tree pose...there's that non-graceful part. It is indeed something to work towards, and far more challenging than it looks. I read somewhere that mind body fitness is the new way to go, and Ellen Barrett has been considered one of, if not the best, instructors in this field, she'll get no argument from me...sore arms and all. Guys, try this with an open mind, you might be in for a shock...I was, happily so..this workout works everything, mostly I felt it in my mood, my productivity level at work, and my overall out look on life!! Awesome way to spend 45 minutes!


Cape May, NJ
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled!! August 16, 2012
By N. Zorn
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I and two other girlfriends get together almost daily to workout. We utilize dvds with an emphasis on Pilates-style moves. We've used Ellen's "Crunch - Burn & Firm Pilates" for several years but are always looking for something new to mix it up a bit. I took a chance on "Grace & Gusto" based upon the reviews. This is a really good work out. The moves are basic and easy to master....even the choreographically challenged among us had no problem keeping up with the routine. No weights and yet you can expect your arms to get an awesome workout. No special props....just a mat. The intensity is low enough that shoes are unnecessary. We worked up a sweat without stressing our knees and backs. Ellen doesn't do a lot of mat work on this dvd, but that's OK. We'll definitely be working this dvd into our workout rotation.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Side Body Workout February 22, 2012
By Vannie
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I'm a huge Ellen Barrett fan and have about 10 of her dvd's. Like her other workouts, Grace & Gusto is fluid and graceful. I like that it focuses on the side body--I especially like "tick tock" and the figure 8 flourish. Unfortunately, for me, Grace & Gusto seems relatively easy and the routine does not seem as seemless and well integrated as Ellen's recent workouts (particularly in the middle with the kicks and chair moves, which just feel too random). Still, a nice workout that I have completed several times. I look forward to more Ellen Barrett workouts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like physical therapy but more fun August 16, 2013
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I love all of Ellen Barrett's DVD. I am not an athletic person and have bad knees. I am not overweight, but I want to exercise daily. Most workout I've tried are either too hard, or dont have enough cardio. What I love about these is that they are not too fast or too hard, they really are made for a "normal" person like me who never did ballet or dance and may not be superfit; however, the workout are fun, challenging, and increase body function.

For the past year I have tried to increase the functionality of my body by working one on one with physical therapists to address various common issues that I have such as weak glutes, lack of hip stability, or shoulder tension from a sedentary lifestyle. I love how her workout integrate a lot of the exercises and stretches you do in physical therapy, except its much more fun because the workouts have a flow. I think she is very creative and innovative in having found a way to incorporate functional training, cardio, strength and flexibility and unlike many other videos out there, you can safely do this regularly without hurting yourself.

I will definitely get and use all of her dvds!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the best exercise video I've done, really. Ellen is very easy to listen to...great personality and she talks you through the moves very well. It's not super high impact, so good for people that want a workout that is easier on the body. It is a cardio workout but you don't really notice as everything is done somewhat slowly. With this video, as well as dietary changes, I was able to lose 28 lbs. in a few months time. I recommend it for people like me....Ones that aren't super coordinated and have a hard time with other exercise videos in the past...No weird body contortions, just a very, very good straightfoward workout that changes your body!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I usually love Ellen Barrett and use her other tapes often
Gave this tape away as it hurt my back. I usually love Ellen Barrett and use her other tapes often.
Published 9 days ago by closecall
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
This is one of the best exercise DVD'S I have.
Full workout without killing yourself
Published 13 days ago by sailor girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Comments from a ex. Aerobic instructor
As I exercise at 6am,I really like her soft approach. A good program with the rah rah approach. I own3 of her works. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Connie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever
I agree with all the comments above. This is a wonderful workout and despite it being so smooth and graceful, you actually get a great workout and you feel so much better and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beatrice Alouvar
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet!!
This video is Barrett's best! The cues are perfect, the pacing is even and it hasn't gotten boring yet. Her videos make nice additions to the workout calendar.
Published 2 months ago by Serious Hiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Nice calming stress free workout! If your body is sore and needs lots of stretching,this nice for a recovery day!
Published 2 months ago by saskia
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace+Gusto=awesome
Received this 45minute DVD last week, one word: AWESOME! This is a feel good cardio sculpt with NO mental gymnastics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved posture and strength
I love Ellen's videos and really look forward to doing them. I was tired of the complicated dance moves and loud music of other classes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PD
3.0 out of 5 stars Grace and Gusto
I love Ellen's DVDs, this one is not my fav. Don't love the moves in this DVD. I prefer Sleep Sculpt and Fat Burning Fusion.
Published 4 months ago by A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellen Barrett is the best!
There's something about her that really is refreshing; as a teacher, I really appreciate her clear, concise instruction, delivered in a cheerful, non-artificial way, with an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. R
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