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Prevention Fitness: Better Belly Yoga


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Product Description

Better Belly Yoga features three 10 minute segments, each one targeted to a different trouble zone the front, back and sides of your waistline. Together, this workout will work your entire core and get you the best belly yet.
Certified yoga teacher and personal trainer Desirée Bartlett, has been leading yoga and group fitness classes for 15 years in Los Angeles.
Better Belly Yoga will flatten your lower belly, shrink love handles, reduce stress, strengthen your lower back, and enhance energy.
The 10th largest magazine in the nation Prevention has more than 11 million readers!
The top online health magazine destination prevention.com has 1.8 million unique visitors each month!
The #1 healthy lifestyle brand In 2007, Prevention will publish more than 20 branded books, 18 special-interest publications,5 international editions and so much more!

About the Actor

Certified yoga teacher and personal trainer Desirée Bartlett, has been leading yoga and group fitness classes for 15 years in Los Angeles.

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None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Desiree Bartlett
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Gaiam - Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000SM6FI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Esposito on December 14, 2007
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I love core work and was very excited about this DVD. Unfortunately the workout did not live up to my expectations.

The production is professional and the instructor is pleasant. The setting is inside a studio and two yoginis show modifications, one for beginners and one for advanced yogis. The workout is well chaptered into three approx. 10 minute sections and one would think they'd make great add-ons... but they don't. That's because not much happens in those 10 minutes. There's a lot of talking and not enough workout. The poses are repeated maybe two or three times and they don't flow together which creates a stop/start feel to each practice.

The instructor usually pauses between poses to explain what's coming next. For that reason this would make a great beginners' practice. But advanced beginners and beyond will probably find it dull. There is one fun pose that I haven't seen before. If I recall correctly, the instructor calls it "bear" and it's a flow from chair to airplane. Unfortunately, that's the only highlight, at least for me.

If you are not an absolute beginner and are looking for a core yoga routine that is challenging and fun then there are much better ones available. Try Sara Ivanhoe's 20 Min Yoga Makeover - Flat Abs from her Yoga Makeover series. Or even Rodney Yee: ABS Yoga for Beginners. They both clock in around 20 minutes. If you're looking for something shorter, then there's Self - Firm Flat Abs Fast. The yoga chapter comes in under 10 minutes and provides a nice little core workout.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ryle Shermatz on November 26, 2007
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This is my second Prevention video; first was the more traditional floorwork -toning "Abs Advantage" with Chris Freytag. I like that one also but as anyone who uses exercise videos knows, you can't stick with the same routine for long. You gotta try something new occasionally just for the sake of variety. I had never done yoga before and thought, well, provided it works my abs, let's give it a shot.

First, full disclosure: I'm a 50 year old male who has been steadily engaged in fitness since '85. I did standard aerobic classes until Feb '06 and since then have been "on my own," doing cardio at the company gym (stairclimber) and garnishing with daily home video workouts of various types. I am heavily habituated to exercise and suppose my primary reasons are health and vanity. Cue up the overlooked-classic Sparks song here, "I Wish I Looked a Little Better" featuring the immortal couplet, "I went to high school and majored in looking real bad, I got a real ugly mom & a real ugly dad"...

As someone who has been male for a half century I can say with some authority that sleek abs are the single attribute we most aspire to, and finding a technique that yields some results is worth reporting. Of course the caveat must always ALWAYS follow that proper nutrition and careful participation are of paramount importance as well, ESPECIALLY for beginners who could indeed hurt themselves painfully by overdoing or carelessly flinging themselves into any exercise video. Exercise is NOT punishment! You will not be able to sustain self inflicted punishment for long! Take it EASY!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on October 11, 2007
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This is a great yoga workout. I am completely new to yoga and really enjoyed the modified workout. The video consists of a warm-up and three 10-minute yoga segments. The first day I got the video, I did all three segments. It is extremely relaxing but the day after you can definitely tell you worked out your stomach! I would highly recommend this product.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. McClen on November 9, 2007
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Three 10 minute segments for yoga moves for your belly. The moves are easy to do - meaning you don't injure yourself. It's also very relaxing. Instructions are given that a person who never did yoga could also follow. If you have back issues, this may help as your back also benefits from the moves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mistress on September 7, 2008
I bought this because I was excited about the prospect of a yoga routine targeted specifically to the core. However, this is just a basic intro to vinyasas and while it claims to have beginning, intermediate, and advanced postures, the camera rarely ever focuses on the girl doing the advanced forms so how can we follow it? I recommend this DVD to those who want to learn basic yoga postures but not to those already well-versed in yoga. It will frustrate you as she focuses on the beginners, dragging out the routine and slowing me down without offering the option to focus on the advanced. I am giving this to a friend who is new to yoga. I prefer Sara Ivanhoe's 20 Min Yoga Makeover: Flat Abs for a good core workout.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lena, Massage Therapist on January 13, 2008
Yoga has bee around for thousands of years & can ease/heal many health issues... burning fat/calories is the least that it does. This is another Westernized/aerobicized version of a deeper/beneficial physical healing session.
There is only chapter choices & choice of instruction w/ or w/o music. The music is the usual fast beat elevator music of most fitness videos that are meant to be soothing.
Set the usual hardwood floor & lighted wall stage w/one woman showing the beginner & the other advanced, Desirée Bartlett leads a toning/calorie killer emphasized easy paced yoga workout. As another reviewer said, with Desiree taking her time telling you what's coming next, you are standing there resting, those who aren't beginners will get bored. I found her lack of instruction on dangers of injury if done incorrectly disturbing like most Westernized yoga. Yes, you can move your body w/o knowing you should turn your head a certain way, but if repeated, you may cause strain or a neck ache over time if you don't listen to the discomfort when you do a pose incorrectly. She also will take time say showing a move that is considered intermediate, like standing hand to foot balancing (utthita Hasta Padangusthasana A) first explaining how the beginner does it w/a belt & then the advanced which is a big time eater.
Warm-up - 5 min
Sun salutations - mountain, standing side bends, standing fwd bend, downward dog, plank, chaturanga, cobra.
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