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.
A former cardio/HIIT/circuit junkie, I got hooked on barre workouts when I was pregnant and couldn't do the whole jarring, breathlessness thing. They did a great job of toning my legs and arms and helping my body bounce back, but I sort of plateaued in the leanness department and started "building" in my quads and shoulders, instead of tightening and slimming down.
Really wanting to take my body to that level of lean ripped-ness, I read a zillion reviews and settled on Ballet Beautiful. I've been doing these for a month now (total body 2-3 times a week, cardio fat burn 1-2 times, some butt blasts and swan arms thrown in there), I am so glad I gave it a shot. I've lost 1/2 an inch off my hips, 1/2 an inch off my waist and at least 1/2 an inch off of each thigh. Arms are leaning out and look super toned. Posture is improving. My whole lower body looks smaller, longer, tighter, more toned. I really notice my pants loosening and fitting differently... Love it!
Yes, the exercises are difficult, but it's a good burn and results come quickly. I noticed changes after the third or fourth time, and it was awesome motivation to keep going. You'll feel yourself getting a little stronger each time (though it still won't feel "easy") and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you do. The segments are easily broken down and rearranged to fit your schedule. With a 4-month-old, it can be tricky to squeeze in a full hour. BUT I can almost always fit in half an hour, then if I can build on that, super!
Several reviewers have said these workouts somehow relax you and kick your butt at the same time... Absolutely true for me, too. MHB is a pleasant presence, and I genuinely look forward to spending time with her. Lots of repetition in these, but I find it allows me to really focus on perfecting my form. I can lie down, zone out and get hot. You work on one area of the body, then move on. NO dread factor as with other workouts. My muscled get fully worked, but I don't feel overly drained and tired afterward. No equipment required, very little space required.
Cons? Mary Helen's pacing varies from one side/exercise to the next, and she often loses count. I also wish the movements were synced to the music. But no worries, MHB -- I still love you! Also, these workouts are probably not the best for dropping major poundage as they aren't super calorie burners (although your new, lean muscle will up your metabolism).
I'm totally sold on this program. It's changed my whole approach to fitness. I always thought of working out as a necessary misery, but I've learned I really CAN enjoy it, and get killer results in the process.
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I figured it was time to add to this, as I've been at this program for about a year now!
First, one personal con for me: After a few months of solely doing BB, my quads did seem to lose some shape. I think it's matter of personal preference, though ... they were still being worked out indirectly, but I like my legs to look slightly athletic and shapely, not stick-straight. I ended up adding one day a week of Suzanne Bowen's Cardio Torch (15 minutes of lunges and plies), and this combined with BB seems to be the perfect formula for my body! I still give BB credit for my overall physique, though, and am convinced it will be my main workout regimen for the rest of my life.
Now, the pros ... and there are many! Oh my gosh. I cannot believe how my body has changed in the past year. My current routine (for the past 9 months — and it still works!) has been 30 minutes of Ballet Beautiful 5 days a week (I mix and match segments from Total Body Workout and the Body Blasts, alternating upper and lower body but always hitting the abs), PLUS the aforementioned one day of squats and lunges). ... Speaking of the Body Blast DVD, the butt segments on there are killer, but so, so effective. It took months for me to get all the way through them without taking long breaks, screaming obscenities or switching legs before she does.
I can't speak highly enough of these workouts and this approach to fitness. It's given me a body I didn't think genetically possible, and at 30 years old and 15 months postpartum, I'm in the absolute best shape of my life. From my posture to my ankles (what?!) and everything in between, I am simply loving my body. I see my butt and hips and abs in the mirror and can't believe they're mine! And it's all accomplished in 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week, with no gym memberships, no equipment, no pain, no dread, and no need to leave my living room.
... and I think that about sums it up. Amazing. If you love yourself and want to love your body, try these workouts!!!