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The Booty Barre,
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This review is from: Tracey Mallett's The Booty Barre Plus Abs & Arms (DVD)
Several months ago I went out in search of a new workout. I noticed that all of Tracey's videos were getting rave reviews, so I just picked one that I thought looked good. Best decision ever.
I spent over 20 years as a dancer and stopped very suddenly when my first pregnancy developed complications. Bed rest packs on those lbs! 19 months after my first child I had my second. My poor body needed some serious rehab! I had tried a few different methods in search of my elusive pre-baby dancers body, but nothing was really working. Just wanted to feel healthy and strong again, not necessarily skinny. For me, working out should be fun (like dancing was for me) and I was having a hard time really getting into anything and sticking to it. (Yes, even Zumba. But, that's another story.) Then I found the Booty Barre. I saw results after doing this workout only THREE TIMES! I was shocked. Pretty sure my muscles were just happy to be worked like the old days. The movements are rather simple to follow once you've been through the workout a time or two (like with any video!). Due to my background, I already understand the technique and proper form for much of the ballet and pilates inspired sections--she doesn't go into a lot of explanation. I realize not everyone is a dancer, but you can still benefit from this workout! Just do the best you can. (Please keep your toes in line with your knees! When you bend your knees, they should go right over your toes. If your toes are turned out farther than your knees can go, due to how much your hips can turn out, adjust your toes! This will help prevent knee pain and injury. Please be careful with those knees.)
I was in the middle of a fitness challenge with regular weigh-ins and measurements when I started this DVD so I can tell you that in about a week, I lost almost 1% body fat, .25 inch in my arms, 2 inches in my waist, and 1.5 in my booty! I call that results! I don't usually do all the sections of the DVD every time. I alternate days with the arm section and the barre sections, but always do the warm-up and the stretch/core sections. Those are important. (And it's ok to work your core everyday. For arms and legs it's better to alternate those.) Bonus? I did a little research on Tracey. She has two kids. That smokin' body had two kids. I'm annoyed by female (or male for that matter) instructors that claim "it's so easy to look like me!" when they've never experienced pregnancy and what that does to a body. Like a mechanic that never owned a car. Tracey also gained 55 lbs with each of her pregnancies. Hey! Me too. It's nice to know that you really can have a fit, healthy body after baby. I don't expect to have six-pack abs and a tiny bum again anytime in this lifetime, but Tracey Mallett is certainly helping me get closer! Couldn't ask for more.