Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout
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Get a tight, toned and elegant body with this effective ballet inspired total body workout from Mary Helen Bowers, trainer to the stars! Sculpt sleek and strong legs, arms, butt, abs and upper body. Shape a lean and graceful dancer s body with targeted mat work and standing exercises that lengthen and tone. Workouts include focused exercises that target trouble areas while increasing flexibility and improving posture.
Bridge Series: A challenging series of bridge exercises that sculpt and tone the muscles
on the inside and back of the legs, butt, inner thighs, hips and abs.
Abs: A targeted abdominal workout that strengthens your center of balance and sculpts a
Inner Thigh: Focused exercises that strengthen and tone the inner thighs, key to sculpting
a ballerina's long, powerful legs.
Outer Thigh: A transformative workout for the outside of the hip and thigh. These exercises
tighten and tone the outer hip, lengthening the line of the legs.
Arms: Upper body and arm exercises that quickly sculpt and tone the arms, shoulders
and back and improve posture without any weights or equipment!
Standing: Dance inspired standing exercises with cardio elements.
Ever wonder how those dancers get and keep such long, lean, taut physiques? Now you too can learn some killer moves to get you in shape like prima ballerinas. Mary Helen Bowers's Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout will work your buns, abs, legs, and arms--and throw in some fantastic cardio to help burn calories and balance moves to build your grace. Bowers is the famous trainer who worked with Natalie Portman on Black Swan, as well as with lots of other celebrities. And it's easy to see why: these moves can work for beginners (though trust me, you will feel the burn) as well as advanced fitness buffs wanting to kick things up a notch. The abs and arms portions of Total Body Workout, especially, are designed to show results fairly quickly. And don't be surprised if you find your balance and posture improving too. Total Body Workout will give you dancerlike sleekness and grace, no toe shoes required. --A.T. Hurley
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I’ve been exercising consistently for almost thirty years, having tried just about every workout known to woman, and I can honestly say I’ve never experienced the results that came from those first few days. I ended up buying the Total Body Workout in addition to Body Blast, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. I do another workout which concentrates on abs and arms, so I always choose to skip the Swan arms and ab workouts. Consequently, I won’t even attempt to comment on those routines, but I will say my biggest problem areas (thighs) are getting leaner, longer, and more streamlined after every workout. My hips are getting smaller, my backside is tighter, and I’ve even noticed my cellulite slowly disappearing. I’ve read several of the reviews which claim Mary Helen is boring, too repetitive, or they can’t stand the piano music, but I have to disagree. I find it refreshing that she doesn’t bark orders at the individuals turning to her for help. Her tone is always incredibly pleasant. I also find it nice that she encourages everyone to drink plenty of water and beginners to take breaks and stretch as needed, instead of demanding everyone push through the pain. As for the piano music, I find it relaxing.
These workouts are a great supplement for people who get plenty of cardio exercise in addition to those who watch what they eat. They’re designed to tone the body, build flexibility, and relax the spirit. Muscles that have never been worked before will be worked in a gentle manner, but don’t expect the movements to be easy. They’re probably the hardest movements I’ve ever done, but they get results. After all, ballet dancers have the bodies they have by doing movements that are repetitive. Exhausting the muscles is what firms them up. Thank you, Mary Helen, for sharing your secret to maintaining a ballet body to those of us who don’t wear tutus and can’t stand on their tippy toes for very long. You’re a beautiful, elegant lady with an enviable figure earned through years of perfecting your craft. I don’t expect my body to look like yours, but I’m thrilled it’s evolving into the best version of my body ever.
I have been doing 50 squats 5x/week to maintain my bum and knees but the consequence is having thick thighs, I could barely put my jeans on. Despite doing chronic cardio and ab work, my midsection isn't where it used to be pre-pregnancy (my son is already 7 years old! I should have made progress by then). Refusing to believe that I could not get my body back pre-pregnancy or because I just turned 30 and that everything goes downhill as we get older, I did my own research on how to change my body by eating primally and and doing exercises that will help me get leaner and stronger.
This is it. Ill keep doing this, forever. It's very portable, too. I stream it from my amazon library using my phone or tablet and I can exercise whenever and wherever as long as I have wifi and enough space to extend my arms and legs. Of course, with every exercise, proper form is VERY important or it just negates the idea of doing it. I do my best eating sensibly, too. My rule is 80% nutrition 20% exercise and intermittent fasts.
I have increased to 4X per week. I just love the way it works my body! My posture has improved and core muscles stronger. I could do longer headstands during yoga nowadays. It's not an easy routine, though, but a nice hour of showing how much I love myself.
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