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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.
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.
The production quality sucks. So what? If I wanted nice production value I'd watch Core Fusion and die of boredom.
The music belongs in a bad porno. Honestly, it kind propels me to get the workout over with and not dawdle.
The camera angle frequently doesn't show important things like hip, leg & foot positioning. Which is why you should really get a good grasp of basic barre theory from a Bar Method DVD or Lotte Berk.
Carrie isn't so incredibly slender and sleek that I long for her physique. So what? I bet she is in way better shape than I am, evidenced by her businesslike, perky commentary while I sweat and whine.
I am in full agreement that if you don't already have an in-depth grasp of barre workouts and the body mechanics you need, this workout could seem easy and like a waste of time. If it's not hard as hell, you're not doing it right. Try, try again.
Now that I've addressed all of the gripes, here's why this is my all-time favorite barre workout. It crams everything necessary to have a RAD body into under 45 minutes. It goes by at a screaming pace, but that's why I love it. I don't want to spend all day working out. That's why I pop in a DVD instead of driving to the gym. My favorite part is the standing glute work, it's like standing pretzel and it's the best barre glute set I've ever done. When I do this workout regularly, I get envious glares from the ladies and blatant ogling from the menfolk. I'm going to reiterate: if it's not hard as hell, you're not doing it right. Not for beginners, but if you love barre you should try it. All you need is a sturdy chair or support and 1-3 lb hand weights.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Carrie and the Pure Barre Method. She's personable, knowledgeable, effective, and sober (The overgrown adolescent cheerleader ambiance of Physique 57 et sim. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tacitus
I've done Cardio Barre and Studio Barre and the Pure Barre contained some familiar moves. What I didn't care for is that she goes so slowly, the set is boring with no options for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lynn Matsunaga
Have been doing Pure Barre for 1 + years and I love this very first DVD of Carrie's. You need to have taken some classes so you know the correct form and position before taking... Read morePublished 17 months ago by desertmomuv2
I wish I would have read these reviews because it seems the later DVDs don't get better. I purchased Pure Barre Studio Series 3 & 4 after several months of live classes in my area... Read morePublished 21 months ago by honeybee
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 morePublished on January 4, 2014 by FCT
I felt like I was wasting my time, there was not a lot of substance to the workout. Quite frankly, I was boredPublished on May 3, 2013 by nash
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 on April 28, 2013 by Bbrttu
I have done ballet workouts before and I enjoy them. I could not even finish this one. The production was terrible and the instructor did not visibly appear toned which was... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Myscrtwrld
Excellent book. The exercises were adaptable to any condition. I was able to do the exercises without being sore the next day.Published on January 14, 2013 by Nancy