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Self - Slim and Sleek Fast (2005)

Ellen Barrett  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen Barrett
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, 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: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7BQT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SELF, the premier magazine devoted to women’s health and well-being, delivers a workout designed to make you look and feel strong, confident and sexy. With these fun, easy-to-follow moves, you will trim and tone all over, and achieve the body you’ve always wanted in as little as four weeks, regardless of your current fitness level. This expertly designed routine will motivate you to reach all your fitness goals – fast! Best of all, SELF magazine’s Slim and Sleek Fast! workout will help you burn more calories with a combination of cardio and resistance training workout. Get ready to achieve your most slim and sleek body!

Trainer – Ellen Barrett
DVD Bonus – Total Body Turnaround

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, simple workout for lighter days... January 11, 2006
By Teedums
This workout features Ellen Barrett, who is best known for the Crunch Pilates workouts (Pick Your Spot, Fat Burning and Burn & Firm). She also appears in Self Bikini Ready Fast. She leads you through this 35 minute workout and is joined by 2 background exercisers, one who shows lower impact modifications. All you will need for this video is a set of light weights (2-5 lbs). The setting on a beach in Mexico which is very nice.

The workout is split up into several segments, the first being a simple warmup consisting of marches, step touches, mambos and squats. Then you will move into the next segment which is the ballet series. Not to difficult, Ellen will take you through a series of ballet moves such as center plies, calf lifts, tiptoe plies (center plie with heels lifted), standing oblique work (imprints), and rear leg extensions. She will repeat the series a couple times with less reps and adding some moves such as a scoop move where is looks like you are gathering flowers, and a swirl move that targets the obliques a bit. I really liked this segment, it brings out the graceful side in me.

The next 2 segments are cardio, fun simple combinations with some higher impact moves to elevate the heartrate. But you could also follow the modifier who shows all low impact options. The first combination consists of march ups, jacks, heel digs, knee lifts, v-steps, skier squats, and shuffles. The sequence is repeated a few times. The second combination consists of step kicks, v-steps, jumpropes, 1 leg plyo jumps, jump squats, side to side jumropes, march up/back or bunny hops back, double jacks and one legged hops. Again this series is repeated a few times and power moves are added if you like.

The next segment is toning work with light weights.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best I've seen/done October 28, 2005
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This is a reasonably good workout. It's not really instructed as well as others I have seen. For example, Ellen Barrett doesn't tell you about proper form etc, so you may do things incorrectly and possibly lead to injury. Having said that, this workout is designed to quickly burn fat and reshape your body and it will if you do it often. The scenery is beautiful again (shot in same location as her last workout). The dvd includes a 5-minute upper and lower-body "bonus" segment. You will need some dumbells for this routine. She will keep you motivated, just keep yourself safe while using your know how from other workouts, and incorporate that into this.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all around workout November 3, 2005
By Cat
I am extremely happy with this workout! The moves are graceful, and I love that. But don't be fooled, you WILL feel it the next day if you are an intermediate/somewhat advanced like me. Ellen is a wonderful instructor, with better instruction than many. I have done this several times now, and at the end during the weight segment I keep thinking... ONE MORE SET??? However, it feels so good to finish strong, and it is only 35 minuts long so keep with it and give it your all!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD keeps its promises! February 18, 2006
I was not in good shape at all when I started doing this video; I had gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy (my daughter is 18 mos. now) and just could not seem to get rid of these last 10 pounds. I watched this video once and thought "No problem," but the first time I tried it I had to stop after the 1st ten minutes!

I've been doing it consistently (4x p/wk) since just before Christmas, and I've lost 7 pounds and am back into clothes I haven't fit into since before I got married!

Some of these reviews say that the 40 minutes of high intensity cardio is too easy or short, but they must all be Miss Fitness America or something! After 2 months of doing this workout 4x p/wk I am only just now getting to where I can do it all the way through without getting out of breath or too sweaty.

Here's the bottom line: this workout produces serious results in the time promised. If you are consistent and stick with it, as well as making healthy eating choices, you WILL see results. The instructor is very engaging, and makes it - believe it or not - fun! The moves are such that you hardly notice the time passing. I highly recommend it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Great workout!!! October 25, 2005
By Stacey
This was a very well produced and challenging workout. Ellen Barrett is by far one of my favorite instructors and she does an excellent job (as usual) cueing and providing a variety of effective and fun exercises. I've also tried her Self: Bikini Ready Fast dvd and would say that it is less challenging (but still great) than this workout. It would be good to have both dvd's in your rotation, one for those lighter days, and this one for more of a challenge. Good job Self and Ellen!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ellen Barrett workout March 4, 2006
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I bought this DVD solely for Ellen Barrett. She is great, she cues well, she is motivating, has a pleasant voice and knows her stuff! The DVD could have been longer and could have been more well-rounded, but all in all, you get a decent, quality workout. She does a great job with introducing new moves and using repetition for perfecting the form. I particularly liked the ballet segment. I use this between my more difficult Janis Saffell DVD's, so it really is enough of a workout. The bonus could have been longer, but Ellen does suggest that you do it 2-3 times, not just once. I would have given this 5 stars if it was a longer workout.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for toning
This workout is great for me. It doesn't help me to lose weight, but I lose inches and it tones my muscles. If you're looking to tone, then this is a great workout.
Published 29 days ago by Pam
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Good for Beginners?
I remember trying this workout back when Netflix still streamed a wide array of fitness and felt it challenged me a little, although not much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. A. Light
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and intermediates
This is not an intense workout but it is diverse, easy to follow, the trainer and music are not obnoxious, and it was a nice pick me up in my routine at the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim and Sweaty
Pretty good workout. Get ready to sweat. The instructor is great and easy to follow. It works with a change in diet as well.
Published 4 months ago by M&M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cardio workout
This is on my regular Ellen workout rotation. I like it because it is great cardio. Plus it is done on the beach with nice music and Ellen's cheerful voice... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars makes me sweat
If you are a hardcore athlete, then this might not be the best work out for you. If you are a beginner to intermediate then it is perfect. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enjoyable and No explanations
Why I don't like this video:
1) Ellen Barrett doesn't explain the proper forms
2) The model on the cover isn't the one in the exercise video (that bothers me, like they... Read more
Published 19 months ago by magicgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars definately a good habit
I love this Dvd. Rented it first and then decided to own. Its easy enough that I enjoy doing it but find myself sweating and feeling accomplished when I am done
Published on April 12, 2012 by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
It's a good one. Makes you sweat, I liked that some ballet moves were incorporated. It is low impact most of the time.
Published on December 24, 2011 by NY rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it alot!
Like it alot! I am moderately active and found this video challenging enough that it raises my heart rate. It is fast- paced and varied. Add weights to build strength.
Published on October 14, 2011 by Deidre H.
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