Ballet Body Signature Series Core Body Workout
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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.Read more ›
And then imagine someone saying "I can make it all better."
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a long video but hopefully effective. I thought my muscles would be sore. They were not.
I will keep at it.
This was definitely not anything close to what I was expecting. The reviews were so amazing, I decided to give it a try. I am not a very coordinated person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KyuuketsukiNiko
nice instructor. decent music. she has superhuman abs, so I consistently modify.Published 5 months ago by Lori
Works if you keep at it. I notice right away....posture better....core stronger and my belly gets...sleeker....can't explain.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by coni k
Amazing. . . well thought out. . . fantastic instruction. I purchased this in hopes of finding some type of routine to help align my back/hips and help with my neck and back pain. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Estam
I'm a workout DVD junkie. Always looking to find the best possible DVDs out there. I stumbled upon this the other day. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica
I don't like the standing work (short though) but enjoy the mat work. Lots of new challenging moves here and it's not so hard that I'm afraid to put it in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vic