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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
I have been doing the original Pure Barre video for about 6 months, about 2 times a week. I originally alternated it with weight work, sometimes at a gym, but due to money and time constraints switched totally to at home workouts. About 3 months into this I began to see noticeable results in the shape of my thighs and glutes. At that point I dropped the weights totally after injuring my arm and increased Pure Barre to 3 times a week. For the first time in my life I began to see muscle definition in my abdomen too. I have been rotating between the three dvds since getting Pershing Sq 1 & 2 at the beginning of August and am seeing continued toning in every muscle group, upper arms included. I am in my 50's and getting these amazing results.

I don't have alot of time to exercise and these are under 50 minutes. Due to my home schedule I am seldom able to do even that length of program in one session, but split it up into sections, finishing one complete muscle group at at time. These two new dvds make that very easy to do.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2009
Fantastic workout!!!! Disclaimer: I'm a customer, I have no connection with Pure Barre and have never taken an in-person class, only the DVD, and I do not personally know anybody connected with the company. I have been doing barre-type workouts for awhile now, and so far as I know, this is the only truly advanced level Lotte Berk-style workout. It's efficient, and faultlessly cued by the very pleasant and business-like Carrie Rezabek, the owner of Pure Barre, which has several locations.

Warmup, Thighs, Seat, Abs, Cooldown.
Menu: Detailed, with a thumbnail photo for each section and subsection to jog your memory as to what's on offer. Very nice touch.
The warmup has highly effective bodyweight exercises that reflect the most current scientific research on exercise physiology before moving on to the main workout. The main workout uses 5 inch rubber balls to increase the resistance. (If you can't find these locally, they're available on the Pure Barre website along with mats and rubber dotted exercise socks.) A combination of isotonic exercises with isometric contractions and bodyweight resistance, no impact, is the workout. It alternates between a barre/sturdy piece of furniture/windowsill, and a mat.

This is the most advanced level of Lotte Berk-style, barre workout that has ever been made available to home exercisers -- I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2009
I also used to take Lotte Berk classes in New York city and agree that this is the only truly advanced work out of this type out there that you can do at home. I would put it up there in terms of effectiveness with Super Callanetics but it goes so much more quickly and gives better abdomen results. Also she does not waste one minute of your time. She is professional, likeable, and knows exactly what she is doing. I saw very quick results alternating between Pershing Square 1 and 2. I am also going to order the original Pure Barre video. Thank you, Carrie Rezabek.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am a big barre fan. I love finding new workouts that are effective and different from what I had been using. Heavy weight training and intense cardio were my workouts of choice before barre.

I was extra happy to find two workouts in this set, Pershing Square 1 and 2, so I can alternate the two and have even more variety.

Why I love Pershing Square 2:

* It's a great complement to Pershing Square 1. It's hard to explain, but the two DVDs are different enough from each other. They are similar enough that they complete each other. Both have standing leg work, seated and lying leg work, and intense core work. There are nice stretches throughout as well.

* The challenging exercises. I find the standing leg work in this workout tougher than the seated work. It's those leg circles that get me every time. You do them standing on one leg, with your working leg straight. You also do them with your working leg bent back behind you. Ouch! It's funny because in Pershing Square 1, I find the standing leg work tougher and the seated parts a bit easier.

* I can go pretty deep with the standing leg work without my knees hurting.

* The neat Pershing Square location. I feel as though I'm right in LA.

* The minimal equipment needed. All you need is a mat and a small ball. I use a yoga block in place of a ball and it works fine.

* The DVD components. You can do the entire workout or pick and choose sections. There's also a Body Positioning tutorial, which is very important so you can learn proper alignment.

Carrie doesn't mirror cue and this can be a bit confusing with the standing leg work. It became less confusing the more I did the workout and became familiar with the moves.

You really work your legs, glutes, core and lower back. The few upper body exercises in the warm-up are just to get the blood moving, not for toning the upper body.

I highly recommend this workout for those wanting to tone their body with barre.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I bought this DVD based on the previous reviews. There were reviewers that said if one was new to the series not to start with this one, but I thought since I workout 6 days a week and teach classes, I did not want to start at the beginning. I am glad I started with this one, but it is tough. I do appreciate workout DVD's that I need to "work" toward completing and test my endurance. If you want a DVD that you can do first time (and you're new to the Barre: series) you may want to start with No. 1.

I did all three sculpting sections in a row (thighs, seat, abs) and the warm-up and ending stretch. I could not complete all of the repititions. I had to start and stop, but I did finish the DVD. Even though the moves are small and the weight used is very light (a small ball) the ability to hold the leg and a move it one inch up and then one inch out is a lot harder than it sounds! The thigh work starts with the teacher and her students standing near a window and using the ledge for stabilty. Then they go through a series of standing lifts and plie's. The seat work starts standing and then moves to the floor. The ab/back work starts on the floor. All three segments use breathing, high repitition, low- weight, good form and posture to change the body. Similar to pilates in theory, but much more difficult. I will interchange this workout because I could feel the different muscles being worked and strengthened...different than my other workouts.

I did take exception to some of the other reviewers noting that the instructor's "size" was too big. I thought she had a toned, scuplted, pleasing physique...nothing at all wrong with her body. Just my two cents....

Love the DVD and will rotate it in and out of my weekly workout sessions..
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
I prefer going to a PB studio for the studio workouts, because most of the videos don't have the arm workout with free weights and also skip back-dancing at the end of the workout. The Pershing Square 2 video provides a good substitute for going to the studio, though, and the omission of these two things makes it a bit quicker for at-home use. Love the thigh and seat toning the PB method provides, in addition to providing a core workout throughout!

You do need a ball for the abs and thigh work in this one. You can buy the ball directly from the Pure Barre website, but really any 5" ball will work (not a squishy yoga ball, though - it needs to be inflated so that it provides resistance, without being so big that it doesn't comfortable fit squeezed between your upper thighs with your heels pressed together). Amazon has some for a very reasonable price that are identical to the ones sold by PB, just without the PB logo: Champion Sports Playground and Kickball Nylon 5-Inch Red Balls(the ball needs inflation).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
Really missed the arm workout that you do in the actual class, but did get a good leg and butt burn.
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on June 10, 2013
I do aerobics and exercises based on Lotte Berke now. This is a great one. Sore, sore, sore, results, results, results. These type of exercises work much better for me than heavy weight work. For an older woman my butt is so much higher, and my legs are leaner. Also when I was younger stretching bored me, now I crave it. Carrie is a very good instructor.
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on March 20, 2014
I wanted a barre work out. There is some of that on this video, but it has a lot of floor work too. Not what I was expecting from PURE barre.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
The production of the video is not the best. but the content is good. She concentrates the most important movements and I can feel how it works in my body. It is always a plus to have few more videos to avoid boredom.
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