Ballet Beautiful DVD Bundle
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Self Magazine writes, "...the class builds upon the tenets of classical ballet training to help give non-dancers a long, toned and powerful posture - no barre required."
Ballet Beautiful is a ballet-inspired fitness program that focuses on developing sleek 'ballet muscles' through the legs, butt, center, abdominals and upper body through targeted exercises and stretches. Our Ballet Beautiful DVD Bundle contains two transformative DVD titles: the Ballet Beautiful Classic 60-Minute Workout DVD, a full body workout with focused mat and resistance exercises, and the Ballet Beautiful Blast Series DVD, a collection of four highly targeted 15-Minute workouts designed to be mixed and matched together. These graceful yet challenging exercises will begin reshaping your body in as little as 2-3 weeks time. No dance experience or training needed!
Ballet Beautiful founder Mary Helen Bowers danced for 10 years with the New York City Ballet and personally trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award winning role in Black Swan.
We look forward to building together a strong and beautiful new you!
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However, seeing as how I've gained more than I care to admit here, I finally decided that it was time to jump back on the exercise bandwagon. I wanted to try and find a fun workout that I would actually enjoy doing, so after the new year started, I ordered about 5 different exercise videos. I bought yoga, bollywood dance workouts, Zumba, etc....and I purchased this set. I decided to purchase the set because both videos had really great reviews, and it was cheaper to buy this set than to buy both of them separately.
Mary Helen Bowers: You are my idol. I LOVE these workouts! I ended up giving away the other videos I purchased because I could never quite get into them like I could this workout.
Not only is it fun, it's difficult (but in a good way). I definitely feel my muscles screaming the next day, but I know that this means the exercise is working. So far I've lost 7 lbs in 3 weeks and I feel stronger and healthier. I do the classic 60 minute workout about 4 times a week, and I alternate with the 15 minute blasts every once in a while. The other three days I hop on my exercise bike just to keep my workout varied.
Things I love about this video:
1. No weird music, just a nice classical piano playing in the background.
2. The entire focus is on Mary Helen Bowers...there aren't three people behind her doing the exact same thing.
3. She does 4 reps of each exercise, and she encourages you to take breaks if you're a beginner. I started out with 2 reps and worked my way up to 4.
4. I can do this workout pretty much anywhere.
5. I can definitely see a difference in my body after only a few weeks!
Cannot express how happy I am with this purchase. If you buy it, remember to stick to it and don't worry if you can't do all of the exercises the first time...I couldn't either, but now I can do all of them.
I really hope MHB continues to put out more exercise videos!
This series is one-of-a-kind. The beautiful classical piano, soft white background, and Mary Helen's prim demeanor immediately transported me back into the ballet studio. I felt relaxed and cleansed, rather than freaked out by kitchsy pump-up music and lots of spandex.
The workouts themselves are EXTREMELY strenuous, especially if you attempt to do the "advanced" versions of the exercises that Mary Helen does with seeming ease. However, everything is low-impact so you will feel no strain, just intense muscle burn in places that even I have never felt before. Due to the atmosphere of the video, though, the mind remains relaxed and clear throughout the grueling workouts. A wonderful achievement.
I must admit that Mary Helen does not make the greatest coach. There is little to no encouragement, and her explanations of the exercises are rather sparse. Ballerinas, however, generally don't have much to say, so it's perhaps inappropriate to hold Mary Helen against a professional workout coach. My other critique is that the exercises are rather repetition-heavy; you will find yourself doing the same movement over and over rather than progressing through a series of movements. However, the ballet world favors repetition, so again it may be out of line to hold Mary Helen's workouts against a layperson's.
If you have ballet experience, this video will speak to you in a way than no others do (even the NYC Ballet workout series, which I found to be ridiculously rigorous and over-stylized). If you do not have ballet experience, this video will make you understand why ballerinas are and have always been the most magnificent athletes of all.