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Balocity: Cardio with a Classic Twist

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Description

BALOCITY, where Ballet meets Velocity, is a fitness program developed by Deanna McBrearty, formerly of New York City Ballet, as a way to stay in shape off-stage. This energizing workout video will strengthen and lengthen your muscles for a sculpted dancer s body. Released for the first time, Deanna s secret personal workout is no longer a secret. You can now perform Balocity in your own living room to an exciting, inspirational soundtrack, including Porcelain by Moby and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics.

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"Dance-inspired moves by this former New York City ballet dancer make this the perfect cardio routine to complement a total body toning program." --Prevention Magazine, Feb 2008 Issue

"This ballet-inspired workout includes active stretches, "floor barrework" and lots of graceful, flowing aerobics. It's all done to a stirring blend of classical and modern music (including "Sweet Dreams (are Made of These)" by Eurythmics and "Porcelain" by Moby). Elegant and fluid, the ever-changing cardio segments build in intensity. They range from swings, reaches, and twists to port de bras, arabesques and curtsy squats (plus lots of choreographed arm motions). The toning sections target your lower body and abs with precise, mindful movements. Deanna McBrearty's cuing is clear and engaging ("move your arms like the wings on a bird")." --Collage Video

"I've been getting away from overly strenuous workouts because I think my body just needs a change right now. This workout fits the bill. Its also nice to see an instructor and background dancers that aren't totally ripped but have a more classically feminine physique. This is one of the better dance workouts I have. It just feels good on the body." --Dina, a Collage Video customer

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  • Actors: Deanna McBrearty
  • Directors: Linda Shelton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Independent
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TKNWRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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No, this is isn't the toughest workout ever, not even close. For cardio, I usually do high-intensity step or kickboxing that is why I was surprised a few drops of sweat started falling down the sides of my face. It is a gentle, low-impact workout. The sweat factor came from the ballet techniques used that demand muscle control. Precise movements are much harder to execute than I would have thought. The choreography was simple but fun. It just felt good to do this workout. My only complaint is that I wished the cardio portion were longer. The first 10 minutes or so are spent doing warm-up and stretching exercises. Maybe 25-30 minutes is cardio. The remaining minutes were spent doing abs and other toning exercises. The set was very pretty and the music was good (no recycled "workout video music"). Deanna and her backup dancers are beautiful to look at. All three were professional ballet dancers and have beautiful form. Its nice to have something different to add to my video workout collection.
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Deanna McBrearty is very well known in the ballet community, having danced for the New York City Ballet. What is unusual about her career is that her fame came not so much as a dancer, but as a model! While she was working as a ballet dancer, she was used by famous fashion designers to do photo and runway work, often doing ballet steps down the fashion runway! She can also be seen in the New York City Ballet Workout DVD, modeling ballet clothes in catalogs and demonstrating ballet technique in some books, such as Suki Schorer's "Balanchine Technique". She has also been a great inspiration to many because when she was 12 year old, she had a very serious scoliosis and was told that she needed a metal rod implanted in her spine, which would have made a ballet career imposible. Instead, she worked hard in her ballet studies and became completely free of all scoliosis in only one year! Deanna is a very dedicated dancer. So, when I heard that she had developed her own approach to working out, I became very curious to see what it was, being a ballet dancer myself.
I found this workout to be very useful and enjoyable(the whole point of being a dancer is to enjoy moving!). She begins with a warmup and then moves on to a floor barre to stretch, strengthen, and warmup further. The main body of the workout comes next, and comprises the standing exercises, which involve flowing motions using mostly ballet technique. These make good use of the entire body, including the arms. They are done to a variety of tempos: medium, fast, and slow. Finally, there is a cooldown done on the floor.
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The workout is low-impact cardio and tones lower and upper body at the same time. I could really feel the burn in my legs and shoulders, especially about midway through the workout. I don't have a lot of dance experience so I was really happy that I was able to keep up with the routine. At one point I caught my reflection in the mirror and I looked pretty good! I felt like a star on stage! The set looks great and I really like the music. Deanna and her dancers are absolute perfection and they made me feel that way too. This is definitely going into my weekly rotation.
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This workout can make you feel like a dancer, even if you've never put on pointe shoes. I did not expect to work up as much of a sweat as I did, but it moves quickly from routine to routine so you don't get bored and you do work up a good sweat. The moves are easy enough for beginners to follow and the cardio is low impact. I have a lot of ballet inspired videos, but all of them are only barre work with muscle and strength building exercises...which is important too. But it's nice to have a fun and different kind of cardio workout without the typical grapevines and heel digs (we've all done those, right?). The music is great also with a Moby song and sweet remix of canon in D. There's nothing wrong with grapevines and heel digs, but sometimes you just want something different and that's exactly what this video is... fun, different, and graceful.
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This was an active, enjoyable workout that started off at a pace that allows you to stretch out and feel comfortable before starting into the energetic portion. I certainly felt the impact, and certainly put my heart rate into a healthy cardio range. Even without a dance background, I was quickly able to get into the rhythm of the steps and follow along without much of a learning period. I think the value benefit of this routine is that it not only gave me a vigorous, blood pumping 50 minutes, but just over the last couple weeks, has helped improve my balance and coordination tremendously. I highly recommend this as a daily workout for anyone.
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Having old breaks in my foot, ankle, knee and hip, it is difficult to find a workout that doesn't cause pain somewhere. Yet, I needed a workout that would work my core and give me a cardio burn. I didn't expect to find it all in one, honestly, but I kept looking... I did this workout for the first time today, and really enjoyed it. I'm not terribly coordinated, so some of the steps combining arms and legs were a bit much for my first day, but they are not overly complex, and by the end of each segment I was putting it all together... :) The cardio starts out slow, but picks up the pace, and the toning continues throughout. Perhaps the best part is that it is fun to do, not just a good workout. I look forward to doing this workout regularly!
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