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Pure Barre: Ballet, Dance & Pilates Fusion (2008)

Carrie Rezabek , BayView  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Carrie Rezabek
  • Directors: BayView
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180R07W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Pure Barre Technique (PBT) is the fastest, yet safest way to change your body. PBT fuses dance, Pilates and Lotte Berk exercises while utilizing the ballet barre to create the most intense and effective 55-minute workout that exists. The results of PBT are: flat abs, thin thighs, a lifted seat, toned arms and sculpted backs. PBT is an intelligent exercise technique - each strengthening section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create strong, long, lean muscle without the bulk, while increasing range of motion. PBT will not only quickly transform your body, it will clear your mind, help you focus and contribute to a happy and healthy life. All you have to do is this DVD 3 times per week and your body will change - it is that simple.

Customer Reviews

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Those New to Barre August 18, 2008
I love barre workouts. I own a lot of DVDs devoted to this method and it's very effective, especially on the lower body. Like another reveiwer stated, the set and the production quality is bad. Really bad. It looks like something a high school AV Class threw together for a class project. The set is dark and ugly, the camera work is inadequate, cutting off body parts, and failing to show different angles to help with proper form. The instruction, is so-so, although I felt form pointers and modifications were a bit lacking.

If you're looking for really good, thorough instruction and a little more refined production quality, check out Lotte Berk, or if you can get your hands on some Bar Method DVDs, definitely do that. This isn't a bad DVD for a first try, there is just lots of room for improvement.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this workout!!! May 13, 2009
By bella
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I absolutely love pure barre. I have been searching and searching for a program to streamline my body and make me appear willowy and slender and this is it. I did the firm for awhile but it was starting to bulk me up with endless lunges and squats. This program is awesome, I cannot rave about it enough. My butt has never been so lifted and my thighs have NEVER been this thin. Yes, the camera angles and editing can be annoying but I'll take a compromise in that regard to look as good as I am doing pure barre. If you want an amazing body get this dvd, you won't regret it. When is Carrie coming out with more dvds? I'll buy them all. :)
Edited to add that I have been doing pure barre at least three times a week for over six months and my body is still changing for the better.

Update: I've continued to work out to this dvd along with the two most recent Pure Barre dvds and I have never been so well proportioned in my entire life. I have slim, toned thighs that are rock hard and a stomach so flat it is nearly concave. Honestly, if you are in the least bit pear shaped this workout is for you.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible production July 13, 2008
The only reason I gave this video even 2 stars is because the instructor clearly knows her stuff. My legs burned after the workout, and she moves quickly from exercise to exercise without a lot of set up, which is nice. However, there is no to very little stretching between difficult sets, and when you do get stretching it's only a few seconds. I paused the video to continue the stretching. This video has a lot of problems. First, I believe it was produced by a child. The camera even cuts off the top of her head for some of it. There is one hilarious scene with an overhead shoulder press in which halfway through the set, the camera operator finally figures out that the viewer cannot see the instructor's arms (during an arm workout!). So, the camera sluggishly tilts up, but by the time you can view the entire exercise, it's over! For most of the sets done at the barre, the very top of the instructor's head is cut off by the camera, and her feet are not always in the entire frame. The camera was too close. On top of that flub, you get very few side views of the instructor, so you can't see which way her foot is moving and you have to rely on her instruction, which is OK, but not always enough. If you are a beginner, you probably won't get it.

As if that is not enough to deter you from buying this, the set is HORRIBLE! There is a black floor and a mix of bright pink and white floor/can lights along the wall in the background, and you can even see an extension cord. It is very industrial, no soft colors, all very dark and not at all pleasant to look at. AND, the instructor is wearing all black against a black floor. Also, the music is the same 10 beats repeated over, and over, and over...

I wish I had never wasted my money on this video.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pure torture :) May 8, 2009
Production issues aside, (which are not as bad as some make them out to be) this workout was painful. Of course, this is a good thing if you are trying to change your body. If you are familiar with barre type exercises and you enjoy them, this is the next step up. I have done Callanetics and Bar Method, but Pure Barre really managed to humble me. My legs were trembling throughout the thigh work. The seat exercises are relentless. She starts you off at the bar and then goes down for floor work. Seriously, I kept thinking, "This is Super Callanetics on steroids!"

I really liked the instructor, Carrie. She was tough and encouraging at the same time. My only gripe is that the stretching didn't last longer. I can't believe I waited so long to give this a try. I will definitely be purchasing the newer Pure Barre DVDs when they hit the market next month :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent workout! August 29, 2010
By Colette
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I'm also glad I ignored the negative reviews and bought this DVD. I now have all three of her workouts and find this one to be the most effective and difficult. I'm an advanced exerciser who has been a gym rat my whole life and has done it all: cardio (HIT, step and running) heavy weights, martial arts etc. I am now focusing on these workouts that provide the body shape I want and give me the greatest results in the least amount of time. I have never been in better shape. This is a very advanced workout and I suspect if one is a beginner or unfamiliar with these types of workouts, they are probably not assuming the correct form and pushing themselves to the point where they should be or they would be shaking to the point where they can hardly go on. Carrie's coaching is exactly as Lotte Berk (where this workout originated) would have taught it and her form and coaching is perfect. The 45 mintues feels very long when you're doing it right. The only thing I miss is the back dancing which I love.I don't get all the criticism about the set or her dark clothes, that's hardly noticeable to me. I like this workout so much, I ordered her new workouts which are being released this month and available on her website: [...]. The other workouts I do are The Bar Method (my favorite), Squeeze Stronger, Cardio Barre, Physique 57, Core Fusion, Tracy Anderson and the many good Ballet workouts that are available out there. Give it a shot, but remember to pay close attention to form, --FOCUS--, and push yourself to the end of every single set with all the strength you can muster and you will see dramatic results after a few workouts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Omg they forgot to include the DVD!
The order came fast, I removed the wrapping, opened it...and there was no DVD! Very disappointing. Amazon though was helpful in addressing this issue, but I did not wish to order... Read more
Published 6 months ago by FCT
5.0 out of 5 stars New to barre? Start with Bar Method. When you're ready, OWN THIS
This DVD has been in my regular rotation for several years (which should say something). Long enough that I can relate to every mediocre-to-bad review that I see here. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Antithesis
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly slow
I felt like I was wasting my time, there was not a lot of substance to the workout. Quite frankly, I was bored
Published 15 months ago by nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice dvd
I'm really getting into the ballet workouts. This one you can definetly feel in your legs. Music and presentation aren't anything special but that doesn't bother me.
Published 15 months ago by Bbrttu
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not even finish it - the instructor is out of shape
I have done ballet workouts before and I enjoy them. I could not even finish this one. The production was not good and not to be mean, but I was not inspired that these moves... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Myscrtwrld
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Barre:
Excellent book. The exercises were adaptable to any condition. I was able to do the exercises without being sore the next day.
Published 18 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars better workout than expected
super hard workout, video quality sub par, can't skip or make own workout. But the one provided is butt kickin'
Published 20 months ago by Micah L. Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars I get that it is a low budget shoot, but WHAT A GREAT WORKOUT!
I have all of the Burr Leonard Bar Method Dvds. I wanted to add something new to the mix, and I bought this even though really complained about the quality.

I agree. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Sara
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the humanity...
The music was god awful and the lights were tacky. Simple overhead lighting would have accommodated or at least, enabled the viewer to actually see her feet. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading!
I am a Pilates instructor and dancer and bought this DVD for fresh ideas for class. There were none. Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by Carolyn Pokrywka
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