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Pure Barre: Ballet, Dance & Pilates Fusion

3.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carrie Rezabek
  • Directors: BayView
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180R07W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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.

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.
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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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