Ballet Body: Total Body Workout
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Sculpt a long and lean physique from head to toe with this total body workout utilizing muscle elongation techniques proven to be both highly effective and unique. Create your own custom workout by programming any of the segments in the order you select, or combine them all together for a total body challenge. This DVD includes 20 minute workouts for upper body, lower body, and core including a 10 minute stretching and instructional segment. All levels. Length: 82 minutes.
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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The instruction/narration is great. The other Ballet Body DVDs have voice-over narration; this one does not and it is much better. Plus Leah really makes you feel like you are training to be a dancer in this one, its nice.
Last, but not least, the music in this is AWESOME! It is toned-down club music and motivates me to keep going so I can look better the next time I go out on the town. Not to mention, it makes 20 minutes go by in no time! Come to think of it, this has the best music of any workout DVD I have ever come across.
If you are new to ballet/barre, I would highly recommend this dvd over all others. There is a great 12 tutorial on form. You learn quickly that form is everything in this practice. Also, the exercises in this DVD are a lot more modification-friendly compared to the other Ballet Body DVDs. Not to forget that Leah's instruction is very thorough and she will remind you at the right monuments to re-check your form.
Overall, this is a must have for all!
Here are the negatives:
1) Productive quality is low. There is a distracting white back-ground, as other reviewers have noted. The presenter also has a bad tan and extremely heavy eye makeup to the point of distraction too. The music is good, but oddly chosen--it does not really match the video. By far the worst though is whatever camera man they hired. The image scopes in and out at odd times, and makes it hard to follow along, especially when you lose the view of her body. Notably, this is worst in the warm-up and gets better, but it is still just unacceptable for a professional exercise video.
2) There is not nearly enough instruction on form and alignment. In fact, for most exercises there is none. You just have to follow what you see, even though they are complex moves.
3) The first 10 minutes of the upper body section are asking for injury. Even if you are fit, and familiar with form and alignment generally to protect your shoulders (which I am), you are putting a huge amount of pressure on your wrists. Combined with the lack of instruction on alignment and lakc of offered modifications, someone is going to get hurt.
4) This is not a "ballet" workout. It has some fusion moves that look ballet-inspired, but you can find much better authentic ballet workouts, like Mary Helen Bowers' Ballet Beautiful. This is more like a barre fusion by an instructor who is not seriously ballet-trained. Fine, if that is what you are looking for but not what was advertised.
I am still giving it three stars, because it did get better in the lower body/core sections, and the ending stretch was good. I would repeat those segments and maybe parts of upper body, but this is not a favorite. If I had it to do again, I would make another purchase. And I would specifically warn friends against this video unless they are already familiar with barre and have no known wrist problems.
Make sure you engage core at all times. You will have to modify because if your abs aren't strong enough or your legs can't go straight up into the air, that's ok. Just realize that this is a long term commitment to your health and your body.
I liked this workout a lot because she talks much more (but I agree on the echoing comment too because it's annoying) I like that the moves are not just replicas of similar moves. These will challenge hips, abs, quads and lots more. Be Patient with what you can and can't do.
I found her upper body workout to be so very challenging because it actively engages core and upper body with movements. If you find it hard to do, do less reps and stop for a moment then pick it up again. or do half the workout till you are able to do it easily. The core workout section is hard-- so make sure you adapt to it. Keep pulling abs down (navel to spine) and then slide abs up too.
Personally the music is OK but not great. I recognized songs but felt they were too loud in the background. I tend to focus on cueing.. and if the music is too (fill in the blank), it's distracting.
Do check out her other workouts. Sarrago is challenging, smart and great at cueing
This makes for an interesting and useful workout and the core work is hard.