188 of 189 people found the following review helpful
This DVD set ranks on top of all my fitness videos I own for one big reason: I'm actually getting some great results QUICKLY. I'm now addicted to these type of exercises and loving every minute of it. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but these exercises are making me look good now!
The Bar Method exercises are deep muscle, non-impacting, very precise exercises that nearly everyone can do. Beware, because the exercises are precise YOU WILL FEEL THE BURN VERY QUICKLY, especially the exercises that target the hips, thighs, and buttocks. The movements are small, but have lots of repetitions. By the time you reach your last rep, if you last that long, you will be begging for mercy. As you increase your endurance, you may want to repeat certain chapters of you favorite exercises to maximize your potential. After each set of exercises, you will do deep stretches that will feel oh-so good. Oh, yes, modifications are shown for beginners (or for those less flexible) so they won't miss out on the exercises.
The tools you will need to do these exercises are two lightweight dumbells (for Designer Sculpting), a strap, and a barre. If you don't have a barre, a sturdy chair or piece of furniture will do nicely. Two participants in the video work with a chair. The barre is needed mostly to keep your balance; you will not be leaning on it for support unless your severly balance impaired.
Designer Sculpting is my personal favorite. There's lots of intense deep seat work on this one. Fat Free is not as deeply intense (don't get me wrong - it's still intense), yet its a wonderful full body workout that totally compliments and finishes off what's done on DS. Very few of the exercises are repeated in each workout, so you won't be doing the same old thing in each video. Designer Sculpting is concentrated, deep sculpting work; while Fat Free goes a bit faster and tightens the body up.
I found Burr Leonard very enjoyable to workout to. She's an older woman, in her late fifties as she states in her videos, who has a great, youthful looking body. She's friendly, sweet, a bit peppy, and not overbearing. I chuckle everytime she says, "Ten more, and then we'll break." At that point, I'm usually in deep burn, so I wonder to myself - "Does that mean we're going to stop or just shatter?" Maybe it's both.
Again, the one thing that has me totally sold on these videos is the great results I've gotten in such short amount of time. I did these videos 3 times a week for 2.5 weeks and then took a few days off being lazy. I few days later I was shocked to find my rear end looking noticeably better! I wasn't even looking to improve that area - I kind of gave up hope on it until after I would have lost all 45 lbs. But, this was the first place it showed up. Even my husband noticed (and loves it!) without being prompted. I've continued to do these exercises, alternating as of lately with Callanetics to avoid boredom. Now, 2.5 months later, my behind has completely changed and is still improving! It's nowhere near what it used to be and I love it! Poor eating habits have kept me from losing the weight I want to lose (I was losing weight gracefully until I fell off the proper eating habits bandwagon), but Bar Method has kept me looking great despite. I'm 35 years old and have renewed hope for changing my body now that I know about the Bar Method and other videos of the like. Thanks, Burr, for coming out with these videos and opening my eyes to these truly effective exercises!
90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2004
I really knew nothing about these DVD's and just randomly chose them from amazon.com. It was only after I ordered that I saw a review in Self that gave the Fat Free DVD a great review. So I wanted to see for myself.
The most motivating factor in doing these exercises is seeing Burr (who is in her late 50's and looks AMAZING!) and three other women from various backgrounds do these exercises and look good doing it. They promise you'll start seeing results after 10 workouts, and you are supposed to do this workout 3 times a week. I really have trouble doing it more than twice a week, but the DVD's contain bonus workouts which are shorter and are easier to squeeze in when you're low on time.
You don't need much equipment for these workouts: 3-5 lb. dumbbells, a sturdy chair, and a strap (like a bathrobe belt) for doing leg stretches. So that was nice too...I already had all the equipment at home.
The workout goes by fast. 45 minutes is over before you know it. The only complaints that I really have is that the exercises are very similar between the two DVD's...I would've liked a little more variety to prevent the boredom that will eventually come from doing these workouts over and over. And Burr is encouraging and motivational, but can sometimes be annoying. I would just prefer that she instruct in the proper form for the exercises and remind you to breathe on occasion and leave it at that. The words of encouragement she speaks seem kind of forced and strange.
But after using this for a few weeks now, I am beginning to see a difference. I don't expect a dancer's body, since I am rather short with stubby legs, but I can already tell that I'm a bit leaner. Although I would suggest doing cardio in addition to this, since you're not getting a cardio workout here (I do cardio at least twice a week in addition to these DVD's).
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2005
These DVDs are the answer to changing your body. THey helped me lose 200 pounds and totally sculpt my muscles. Burr looks awesome. I tried other workouts (body for life, Kathy Smith tapes, etc) and nothing has given me results like Bar Method. It is totally amazing! My chest lifted, my shoulders tightened, my arms became long and lean, my back became flat and sculpted, my stomach curved in, and my legs lengthened and sculpted. My hips shrank and my saddle bags have gone! And I have a tight firm butt! I am so pleased and happy with my results that I want to open a Bar Method studio. I am so committed, loyal and faithful to these workouts. I do both Fat Free and Designer Sculpting three times a week. They really challenge me and I sweat like crazy. I love feeling the burn and am sore the next day but I have dropped inches, pounds, health problems, and disease thanks to these. I started these when I was over 300 pounds and modified and I could still do it! Do this. It really works!
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2005
Tuck, tuck, tuck and when you are about to start the moves, tuck again. This is really what you must perfect and remember as you do these exercises.
When I first started TBM in late February, I loved it right away because of the intense stretching and the feeling of elongation but I didn't really consider it an intense workout. The moves looked so simple and effortless. I really didn't feel very much in terms of having worked my body. I didn't feel I'd done anything strenuous, I didn't break a sweat, I wasn't breathing heavily (or hyperventilating, which is the usual gauge) and I was smugly confident that this workout would simply complement the other DVDs I was doing on off days. I felt absolutely fine.
Until the next morning. Then I felt as if every major muscle in my body had been *zapped* Oh, yes. These workouts are beyond intense. You'll hear from muscles you never knew you had and you'll soon begin to see striations in the muscles you were aware of but had pretty much given up on toning. Like the thighs, hips and around the tummy. These are notoriously difficult to sculpt. The tummy is the last area of fat/flab to pack up and go because you've got to target the diet first but wow! If you press on your tummy, what you feel beneath is rock hard. (If I can just diet the overlying fat away, I'll see some impressive abs)
I've lost 10lbs and my clothes are fitting so much better! I can't wait to see how my body changes over the summer. Nothing else has ever given me the results I've had with the sculpted and elegant Ms. Burr Leonard so I'm sticking with her.
The tricky (and clever) thing about this workout, particularly in Fat Free, is that the stronger you become, the more difficult you find the exercises because you're dipping lower, holding your bodier steadier (because you're stronger) and you're internally making the work deeper. You no longer will default to taking the easy/less painful way through the workout because it's so wonderful. I can't understand how something so intense and challenging is simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating but it is. It's very clever and the instructor is so soothing, genial and nonthreatening, even when she's doing really challenging work, you feel as if you really CAN do it.
The weights are very light, she's using about 3 pounds I think (although the ladies in live studios are very competitive and brag/show off to each other about the weights they're using, up to 5lbs :rolleyes: ) but don't laugh because you are using such strict posture and form, they feel heavier. There are only about 4 exercises in which she uses the weights but you really feel it the next day.
The basic difference between the two DVDs is there is more emphasis on lifting the butt in DS (there is a move called the Pretzel that is kick butt and will lift your bum and work your obliques simultaneously). The core workouts are the same. I think DS is much easier than FF.
And these DVDs are beyond addictive! Thank goodness there are plans in the works for more DVDs and a book! Of course, I'll be all over it ...
I do them every day, sometimes twice per day alternating between them. I had frequented Bally's, done Tae Bo Advanced Ripped series, The Firm, Cathe Friedrich, you name it and I'd done it and more over the last 2 1/2 years and nothing, absolutely nothing has made the changes I've noticed during the last 2 MONTHS of TBM. So I'm definitely an advocate, addict and unabashed devotee.
I'd just tell you to try them. Don't underestimate the seemingly simplistic moves. They'll get you the following day. And then you'll be back again and again. It works.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2004
this is essentially a lotte berk workout without the slowness or mumbo jumbo that the lotte berk dvd's make you sit through. It is quite good and will give you a good anaerobic non-impact workout. For aerobic workout, look elsewhere. Also, if you have back problems or are not flexible this may pose some issues. however, if you have a dance background, this is heaven!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Don't bother with anything else - this is it. If you want serious change in your body, this is what will do it for you. The moves are simple, though it may take a try or two to get the hang of the basic form (the "tuck"). Once, you do, it's a breeze. The variety makes the time fly. The first time I tried these DVDs, I was skeptical that they would do anything for my body because the moves are so small and simple. I was astounded with the results. Doing these exercises shattered my weight plateau, brought me to my target weight and measurements within three weeks, and has increased my overall health, energy, and happiness. If you care at all about getting and staying fit, this is the product for you. Anyone can do it. There is even a modified version of each move designed to accommodate those with back problems. My experience with the Bar Method has been phenomenal. I feel more in touch with my body than ever, and I really enjoy exercising now. I don't have to force myself to work out - I really want to. Take it from me - I've tried every diet and exercise regimen imaginable. This is the only one that has given me the results I wanted - mind, body, and spirit. Do yourself a favor. Start Bar Method now.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2004
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I'm English, and wanted to add some American DVDs for more variety to my daily home exercise routine; I must admit, I chose pretty much at random from reviews, because to me it's "Billy who? Tami what?" Mostly, I picked well (thanks reviewers!) and here I picked extra well: I love, love, love these two DVDs; it is *amazing* how effective such teeny, tiny movements are. Ouch, though. Big ouch (in a good way). BTW, I have a chronic back problem and rheumatic knees (I sound 70? 38 actually, so no bendy young thing), and I don't have any problems doing these. I'm not saying that would be true for everyone with back or joint issues, I admit I'm pretty fit and that probably helps, but don't be put off from trying.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2006
I ordered this DVD last month after being a little skeptical. I usually gravitate towards fast-paced kickboxing workouts. But, I decided that I should start adding pilates/ballet type workouts for additional slimming and gave this one a try.
I watched the DVD before trying it, and thought, "This will be a piece of cake!!!" The workouts seemed so simple; tiny pulses, tiny tucks, barely lifting the leg. Boy was I wrong!!! My first time doing it, my standing leg was shaking so badly I almost fell to the floor. Those tiny pulses really dig deep and are not for the faint of heart!!
I find myself doing the leg/seat and ab sections only. The upper body portions just don't do it for me. (Hence my 4 out of 5 star review). But if you are looking to work your lower body like never before, this is the workout for you! Great for pear shapes like me in achieving that slim and lean look!!!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2005
This is a very intense workout full of very small, yet tough moves that will definitely shape those trouble fat zones we all hate so much like hips, saddlebags, thighs, waist and lower abdomen, arm jiggle and bra rolls. The instructor is in her late 50's and she looks amazing!! That's one of the things that motivated me the most.
The first DVD I did was Fat Free. In here you will do exercises like push ups, standing exercises like the ones performed in a dance class on the bar, except you don't need a bar, you can use a sturdy chair and then you move on to do floor exercises that will kill your abs, butt and thighs...
The second DVD, Designer Sculpting, in my opinion, is more intense than Fat Free. You will work your triceps very intensely and you will be sore the next day. You will also do the famous pretzel move which will make your waist and butt burn. You will also work your abs and thighs and at the end your body just feels really nice and tight.
These workouts are very intense, they require a lot of concentration and focus BUT they are not overly strenous, you will not find yourself gasping for air or on the verge of passing out.... so this is good for beginners as well as advanced exercisers. It's all about how much you put into it. I even broke a sweat, this really gets your legs shaking!! And because they are just 45 minutes, they're easy to fit into a tight schedule.
So far, I have done these workouts twice and I can tell you I already see a very subtle difference!! No wonder people are raving about this! You will definitely see your abs flattening out, and your thighs getting leaner, your butt will begin transforming into a sexy, perky, little tight dancer's butt and your hips will narrow down. Not to mention your triceps and entire arm and upper body will be toning up significantly. Maybe I am seeing a difference so quickly because I am already in ok shape and I workout regularly. But you're supposed to see results anyway in 10 workouts IF you stick to it and do the DVD's 3 times a week. If you need to lose weight you will definitely have to add at least 3 days of cardio per week, otherwise doing this by itself ain't gonna cut it. So if you're not doing cardio, and have extra pounds, don't expect to see a big difference. You have to burn that extra layer of fat in order to reveal the nicely and newly shaped muscle underneath.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2004
I absolutely love these two DVDs. I am a dancer and aspiring model who wants long, lean muscles, and the Bar Method definitely delivers. I have been alternating the two every night for 2 weeks now and I am incredibly happy with the results. My tush is tighter and the cellulite is dissappearing, my arms are skinnier, my calves have sexy definition, my abs are super flat again, and my legs look better. I love that you only use your own body weight as resistance (except for the arms in Designer Sculpting when you use 1-4 lb weights), this prevents bulky muscles. Fat Free focuses more on ab and butt work while Designer Sculpting has a more intense arm section. Both provide a good 45 min total-body workout that is not to strenuous, but definitely works as the moves are isolated and tiny but very intense. I also like that after working each muscle group, you stretch to keep the muscles long, plus it feels incredible. You still need to do cardio as well as the DVDs if you want to lose weight. I am [so] excited for summer since I know Burr going to make me bikini-perfect. Bring on the minis! Burr is so encouraging and nice, I "click" with her. My nightly workout has become a ritual for me, a time for me to focus on my body and release the stresses of the day, and I have, as Burr promises, become addicted to the deep-muscle feel of the Bar Method!