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Willpower and Grace: Move With Integrity With Stacey Lei Krauss (2006)

Stacey Lei Krauss  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stacey Lei Krauss
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Stacey Lei Krauss is an international fitness educator with certifications from ACSM, ACE, AFAA and over 15 years in the industry. Currently, she teaches her signature class, willpower&grace, at NYC's most prestigious health clubs. willPower & grace is a dynamic mosaic of the industry’s most popular (and most effective) group exercise workouts. Think "pilates meets bootcamp" … equipment free! The cardio segment is a fusion of dance principles, flexibility training, plyometrics and old-school calisthenics, based in functional training techniques. The cool-down stretch is a series of stretching and strengthening movements that lower the heart rate. The mat portion focuses on core strength as well as spinal mobility and stability.

Customer Reviews

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Different and Surprisingly Tough! April 8, 2006
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Wow! I thought I was advanced with the heavy duty cardio and weight lifting (lots of Cathe stuff) I've been doing, but this workout had me crying for mercy! It's fun, it's ultra challenging and totally different than anything I've ever done! The cardio portion is only 17 min. long, but the 15 min. warm up before hand is no walk in the park. If you put some effort into the warm up, you could definitely consider it cardio, giving you 32 min. of cardio. The core work at the end is no traditional crunches and lifts. Some tough plank work, stability work on all fours, a deceptively easy-looking dead bug series, and some bridge work at the end that had me shaking! Throughout, there are yoga moves and a lot of balancing work. The entire workout is done barefoot, which actually makes it more challenging to keep your balance and stability. Stacey and her crew show three levels of each exercise, so it's do-able for anyone, but beginners will definitely be working extra hard! All in all, a well rounded workout, which is a good addition to your routine if you're mostly doing traditional stuff. Makes you realize how many muscles you have that you maybe aren't working. Beware, though, it is different, so if you're not into that, you may not like it. Also, there are plenty of squats in the warm up and cardio portions, but they are actually fun! Give it a try!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense but satisfying workout! June 8, 2006
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I read the reviews and since they described it as challenging, I thought I'd try it to add something new to my routine. However, I didn't really think it would be that big of a challenge because I currently run, lift weights, and do yoga, with some pilates, Tae-bo, and spinning thrown in on occasion. Boy, was I surprised! This had me utterly wiped out at the end, and left me with sore muscles the next day. I didn't even think I could get sore muscles anymore...

The warm-up is a psuedo cardio session in and of itself, but by the end of the 17 min. actual cardio workout I was wondering if I could even make it to the end. The instructor has different levels that the viewer can follow, 3 being the most advanced, 1 for beginners. At first, I could literally only do level 1, but now I am able to do mostly level 2, with a a few level 3 moves thrown in. Sometimes, just closing your eyes during a balancing move is considered level 3. The 9 min.stretching portion between the cardio section and the core workout provide a nice break, yet keeps your heart-rate up a bit. The 25 min. core workout is a a great antidote to the cardio section, nonetheless, it is still quite a workout! By the end, I am shaking, and relieved it is at an end, because I certainly am! I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking to challenge and maximize their exercise routine.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for lots of SQUATS! June 29, 2006
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This video workout has lots and lots of squats, so please be prepared for that! and I meant ALOT!

Usually I get sore muscles the 2nd day prior to the workout, but after I did this video, I immediately noticed that my gluts are sore... and the next day was even worse...

Aslo, the entire workout was done in a very fast speed with full range of motion, so safety is also something you want to watch out when you are doing it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Tough and Good April 17, 2006
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I've done this workout twice ( although I haven't had time to tack on the core strength section) and really like it a lot. The constant variations on lunges and squats keep you moving and you really do feel it. The instructor is very likeable and inspiring. A knee injury and splintery floor have kept me from trying this barefoot ( although the Mei shoes I wear get pretty close), but I think it's a great idea. In fact, I recommend this workout to any dancer who works barefoot ( bellydancers, contemporary dancers, etc) as a great crosstraining tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Stacey Lei's style is very controlled. It's a mixture of Pilates, Yoga and Body Sculpting exercises all rolled into one. If your following her technique correctly you'll definitely feel it the next day. Her demeanor is relaxed but motivating at the same time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good ;-) July 12, 2006
This is a great workout. It's the first dvd I have of Stacey's but I really like it and based on this one, I'd definately buy more of hers down the track.

After a 15 minute warmup, there is floor aerobics for about 18 minutes, then nice stretches and then to finish off, there is floor toning. It's tough, but fun because you have to challenge yourself. The cardio section is using a lot (A LOT) of squats and lunges, and the arm movements are optional (you'll see why when you try this for yourself). The floor workout at the end is a lot of pilates movements so that's good for your core, making this a complete workout to get your heart pumping and your fat burning. I highly recommend this, because it's definately going to give you results. I've seen them already even after 12 days. I like this alot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacey Lei to Go January 14, 2007
I take Stacey's class at Equinox in San Francisco, and she's kept me coming back for WillPower for over two years now. I take this with me on business trips so I can keep up my workout on the road. If you want a challenge that will always leave you sore, this is it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful workout you can grow with October 1, 2006
The first time I did this workout was the morning after a long day of international travel. I felt sluggish and achy. For some reason I decided to workout that day and I was so grateful I did. At the time (I was intermediate) I followed the level 1 student and was I ever panting and taking water breaks! The details of the workout have been well explained by other reviewers so you know what it's basically about. When I was done, I felt relaxed, stretched and more limber throughout my body. I actually felt more energized, more clear headed and balanced than when I started! With the 3 levels, one can grow with this workout or adapt to the body's needs. I have a delicate back and I haven't had any problems. Just doing this 2x a week for 3 weeks I noticed a marked improvement in my endurance while doing other videos. I'm now an advanced exercizer and recently discovered I still enjoy this workout so it'll be back in my rotation. It has 3 chapters: Warm up & Cardio, Stretch and Core. The entire workout is about 65 minutes or you can break it down.

Great cuing, no crazy, difficult moves and Stacy's encourages you without being over the top with the enthusiam. A wonderful workout!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for runners!
I am a half-marathoner, and much like the other reviewers this workout really challenged me. At the base of good running form is foot structure, and I've began supplementing this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alexa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout without being crazy.
This is a real great workout. Its not high impact but it sure does work out your body. No equipment required, not even shoes. I actually find it to be better bare footed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Workout Formula Perfected!
I LOVE willPower & grace - as an experienced exerciser, I really look for a challenge with fitness DVD's. This does not disappoint. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by Michelle Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout
I take this class at my local gym and absolutely feel in love with it. The only problem is that they only offer it once a week. When I found this DVD I was SO exicted. Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Momatt1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout
This is an intense and muscular workout. Uses basic moves, like the squat and muscular yoga. makes you sweat! Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by J. breden
5.0 out of 5 stars great workout! squats, squats, squats
lots of squats, great overall body workout.
The workout is a lot of fun, but I don't think that this is really for beginners. Read more
Published on August 29, 2009 by DynomiteGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome workout!
I absolutely recommend this workout to every person who wants to switch up there boring sweat routine. Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by Kara Comacho
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
OMG! I've done Willpower and Grace before and I'm not totally out of shape (I hope!!) but this was hard! Not for the faint of heart but rewarding! Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by M. Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars empower your workout
For anyone who likes to move their body, challenge their heart, and open their mind.
Published on October 21, 2008 by R. Hanle
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardest Workout Ever- but it gets easier
I haven't actually done this video but I have taken the Willpower & Grace class lots of times at my local gym with a certified instructor. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by Amanda from MA CT NJ
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