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New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2 (2006)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HRMAR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

21 Different Exercises

Classical and Contemporary Soundtrack Options

Narration Options

Volume 1 contains interactive DVD-Rom with Video Glossary, Photo Gallery, Trailer and Weblinks

Video Diaries of New York City Ballet Dancers

Quick Fix Target Exercises

Behind the Scenes

Editorial Reviews

A deluxe edition DVD set comprised of the best-selling fitness videos New York City Ballet Workout Volume 1 and 2. The videos are designed to help you develop the strength, grace and poise of a dancer. An excellent alternative to fast paced, high-energy workout routines, this unique exercise program balances art, life and fitness into the perfect workout for any age or fitness level. Whether you love ballet or are simply searching for an alternative workout regimen designed to produce a strong, graceful body, this program will deliver exceptional results.

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340 of 355 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet from the Viewpoint of a Dancer February 9, 2007
Workout 1

Ballet improves your posture and gives you a sense of grace even when you are not working out. The New York City Ballet workout presents exercises in a formal ballet style setting. Your body becomes a paintbrush, sweeping along walls and floors in beautiful choreography like an artist painting on black art paper.

For minutes at a time you forget you are not a ballerina as you work through the warm-up with first and second position. Fluid movements follow as you move from side to side and then put a spring in your step. A floor routine follows with leg stretches and then you work your abs in every possible way, although each movement is so precise you are getting double the workout in half the time.

The unique and challenging postures and dance steps are explained as you are doing them, although at times the choreography takes center stage as the narration lessens and you focus more on the dancers instead of following the cueing.

This is a well structured, intermediate to advanced workout that requires a sense of determination, some experience with Pilates and possibly Yoga. The jumps are the most challenging and the entire workout fine tunes your balance. There are 17 exercise sessions and bonus programs including video diaries, behind the scenes footage and interviews.

Back exercises appear during the floor workout, but you are using your entire body at all times because most of the workout requires you to be super focused and keep your balance so you may feel this the most in your back after the workout. Throughout the exercises classical music guides you into a peaceful space where you feel relaxed even though you are working out at a fairly high level that requires patience and endurance.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout - a few tips October 25, 2009
First, you need to know this DVD was released in 1998 or so and isn't a super-fancy disc. There aren't any subtitles and it's difficult to skip around. There are 17 sections in the workout, and I've read where some people complain that you have to watch everything and can't skip.

You can't skip chapters, but you can fast-forward through a chapter by hitting >> a few times (2x - 30x) and it will skip to the end of each section and stop at the next section's title. So you really don't have to watch Sarah Jessica Parker's intro every time. You can also do individual exercises by going to the Exercises section.

Second, I've found after 6 weeks of consistent use that it's better to do as much of the workout every day as you can. I've made the mistake of skipping the ab work, and it is harder to balance if you do that. The ab conditioning reminds you where your muscles are and helps you pull up correctly.

For anyone who has never had ballet (or like me, last had it around 4th grade), try Classical Stretch on PBS for a couple weeks before you do this. You'll get a good foundation in some ballet concepts without having to know much, the stretches will be familiar, and you'll have an easier time standing on one leg. I had trouble following the warmups too, so I did them every day regardless of whatever workout I did till I got better. I still mess them up but the point is warming up. You aren't being judged.

If you're just jumping in for the first time ever in ballet, just try to follow along and remember that your entire body needs to be engaged for the center and leg work (chapters 9-16). If you slouch or let your abs go or don't hold your bum just right, you won't be able to balance as well.
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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging January 16, 2007
I enjoy the challenge of learning ballet moves while strengthening my muscles. I can feel a big improvement after just one week of completion. The proof is in the visible results of my legs and arms, and the way my pants are looser than the week before I began. I strongly recommend this series for anyone interested in toning, burning excess fat, and improving your posture.
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188 of 216 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent workout but the structure of the DVD sucks December 21, 2008
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I was really excited about this DVD because I heard really good things about and I was looking for a way to supplement my weekly ballet classes. Unfortunately, I found this DVD to be really annoying and I never use it. The set up is this: there are several different stretches, exercises, et cetra that are shot individually and you can either do all of them or just pick a few from each section. The thing is, if you only want to do some of them, you have to go back to the menu and select each exercises you want to do, YOU CAN'T JUST SKIP AHEAD BECAUSE THERE ARE NO TRACKS. So I felt like I was wasting so much time just navigating the menu when it would be way easier to just hit the button to skip to the next track. If you decide to do all of the exercises, they waste so much time fading out of the last exercise and into the new one. I am a really busy person and I don't have time for pretty fade outs while I'm working out. The fade outs practically increase the length of the exercise by 150%!!!! Also, what the dancers are doing in the video is not necessarily exactly what you are supposed to be doing. For example: for one of the exercises, they show the different dancers switching legs at different times then you really are supposed to. To top it off, I find both the dancers and the narrator annoying, I don't care who he is. It's too bad though because several of the exercises and moves would make a good ballet workout, but this DVD is executed really poorly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it!
I expected a really impressive work out based on the physical shape of dancers. I was not impressed with any of this video and after several weeks of use donated it to Goodwill... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Stephanie De Arman
2.0 out of 5 stars I've watched it a couple of times and still cannot ...
I've watched it a couple of times and still cannot figure out exactly what it is. I think it's the NYCB attempt at making a music video.
Published 1 month ago by S. Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars love this workout
love this workout even though I will never be able to do all of it-if I could I would be on Broadway or maybe in a dance company or major sports team--but even if you can do only... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark A. Broadbent
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say.... it is great.
I highly recommend this over hundreds of other videos...only because I know the value of being taught by career and seasoned professionals, not just fitness trainers.
Published 4 months ago by OuiOuiOui
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tape!
I could do with out the intro but other than that it is cool to get an inside look to their workouts (if these are actually their workouts). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shyla
5.0 out of 5 stars professional!
this is a great video if you already know some of the ballet techniques. i took ballet for 2 years but stopped because classes were too expensive at that time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacob Andrew
1.0 out of 5 stars Ballet Workout
After 8 years of ballet classes starting at the age of 36 and loving every lesson, this video was a total waste of time and money for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Targan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful workout
I only had ballet as a young girl, for six years, and am a 50-year old moderately active gal, not overweight. This video is marvelous! I'm addicted. Read more
Published 6 months ago by H. Callahan
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected.
this is not what i expected. I have really been enjoying Mary Helen of the Ballet Beautiful Body workouts, and I thought I would give these a try. Read more
Published 6 months ago by rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars love to dance
This is my co workers wish list for the New Year. So, I gave this to her to burn more calories for doing these work outs.
Published 7 months ago by Edwin Atienza
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I live in an apartment but just shove my coffee table out of the way and it's all good. Doesn't take too much room!
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