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Ballet Body Signature Series Core Body Workout

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Challenge your core with Ballet Body's dynamic, integrative training approach to help flatten the mid-section while building core strength. While cardio and diet are the essential components to reducing abdominal fat, properly training the core is the key element to achieving a flatter belly. As the abdominal muscles weaken with age, pregnancy, and a lack of exercise, the belly begins to protrude outward as a result. Ballet Body's core workout will train the abdominals to act as a "corset" to tighten and flatten your belly, while strengthening the core at the same time. Ballet Body's core workout emulates a non-surgical "tummy-tuck". Leah has designed this workout to target your core from all angles. This complete core workout begins with standing abdominal exercises to challenge the core with balance, movement, and control. Then, work your core with variations in side planks and pilates-inspired abdominal exercises on the mat. Balance the ab-focused exercises with strengthening the muscles along the spine and back before flowing into deep stretching. Download the free workout plan for the Ballet Body Signature Series DVDs at leahsaragofitness.com.

About the Actor

For over a decade, Leah Sarago has designed a specific fitness regime that is directly focused on creating a long and lean physique akin to a dancer s body. Leah has choreographed and starred in several nationally recognized top-selling fitness DVD brands. She has trained NFL players during the 2009/2010 combine picks and her weekly downloadable workouts have received international acclaim. Leah holds a BS in Exercise Science and Dance where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Leah travels the country teaching workshops that feature her Ballet Body techniques.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leah Sarago
  • Directors: Ed Lamberg
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Leah Sarago Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006S2WBHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Leanne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2012
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I had never done any of Leah Sarago's workouts before getting the three new Signature Series DVDs. I had heard such raves about her downloads and these DVDs on the Video Fitness forum, though, that I decided to give them a try. Although I have done similar workouts in the past, I had been worried before ordering these that the Ballet Body workouts would be too advanced for a Ballet Body newbie like me. Each DVD is definitely tough, but they are fun and the time seems to fly by.

The workout runs about 45 minutes long, and you just need a mat to do it. I had been worried that it would be too long and intense for me, but Leah paces it so that just as your core seems to tire from one move, she has you move on to a different one.

This Core workout includes standing core work, along with many variations on side planks and C-curve work. Since my core is my weakest area and I often struggle with lower back problems, this workout was the one I was most worried about being able to do, but I've been able to stick with it by just taking more frequent breaks. I can tell that this DVD is going to make me much stronger and help with my back issues.

Also, if you struggle with neck issues when doing this DVD, try Googling "Pilates Enthusiasts Neck Strain and the C-Curve" for a great video on tips to help with strain/pain. For the last month, I have also been using Suzanne Bowen's Gorgeous Core with Suzanne Bowen DVD, and I think that it helped me build up to doing the Ballet Body one.

One of the only negatives in this and the Lower Body workout is that sometimes I had a hard time seeing the angles and positioning of Leah's body.
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Imagine being severely overweight, your stomach is out to HERE and drags down to THERE.
And then imagine someone saying "I can make it all better."
You laugh.
Nope. Leah can do it!

Leah works "corset" muscles properly, teaching you to train your abs in and flat, not out and puffy, and boy, does she hit your core in EVERY angle. Planks, standing and c-curve work. [no crunches here, but sometimes You wish at the end that's all ya did!] and then you turn around and work your upper, mid and lower back and balance [remember the back is core too!}. 45 minutes of slightly cardio-esque work while you work your core, so while you eat properly and do cardio (buhbye abdominal fat!) when it is all gone, you will have flat, strong abs, that most dancers will be envious. These can be supplemented with Leah Sarago's downloads [I've been training with this woman for almost two years now, and I am telling you, she's a wizard]. but the dvds, get the downloads, train your body properly, and look and feel fantastic.
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I am a subscriber to Ballet Body downloads since June 2010. I have all of Ballet Body downloads and the Periodization System. I love everything Leah Sarago has put out and I have been anxiously waiting for the Ballet Body Signature Series to be released. The wait was worth it!

Ballet Body Signature Series Core dvd is a unique workout that works your core in forty-five minutes. Forty-five minutes may seem like a long time to work your core, but Leah has broken the workout down in three segments. First is standing abs, side planks, and variations of the c-curve. The standing abs portion of the workout uses balancing moves to engage your core. The exercises are done gracefully and you feel like a dancer while performing the moves. Next is a series of side planks to hit the obliques and abs more. Leah uses a lot of variety to work the abs while on your side. Last is the c-curve exercises. Leah quickly moves from one exercise to another. She doesn't do a whole bunch of reps, but uses a lot of variety to hit different angles of the abs. Leah completes the core workout with stretches to release any tension that you may have in your upper body, neck, and abs.

Get this dvd...you won't be disappointed!
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I bought this product mostly because it had such positive reviews and I am disappointed. There is no warm up, Leah just immediately jumps into exercises that require a back round in dance training to hold your balance/ body right and a good knowledge of yoga. I have been dancing for 4 years and found her jumping into working out right away dangerous. Her moves are also advanced so if you are advanced you will probably like this alot. A knowledge of yoga is a must for some of these moves.
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I started off hating this, but then I realized it was just because I wasn't yet strong enough to even do these workouts without getting totally annoyed, because they require balance. Unlike my other barre workout videos, this one does not use a chair or barre for balance at all, so you're on your own and if your balance/core is not strong enough yet, you will know it immediately with this video!

But after doing other videos for a handful of months, I decided to stick this in again and try it. Lo and behold, suddenly I'm not annoyed. :-) I appreciate the training in balance and extra core work from having to balance now. And, I like that this video has a nice, steady, more modern musical beat going than a lot of barre videos. A lot of other barre videos have more soothing, almost new-agey music (which I like for them, but the change in this video is nice), or classical piano (which is nice too, but again more modern music in this one is good).

And, why do so many exercise videos feel like they're straight from the 80s!!! This one does not. Her modern attire, along with the music, gives this an up to date feeling.

One thing, the instructor has NO PERSONALITY in this video, but that's OK...it's just, let get to work and get 'er done with this video. :-) No rah rah cheerleader energy with this video. She's not cutesy nor is she a hard-ar*s tough girl...she's just all business in this video.

Anyway, I'm not IN LOVE with this video, thus only 4 starts and not 5. Nonetheless, I do like this video and it's different enough from my other barre videos that it brings something new and fresh to my repertoire. Recommend!
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