The Bar Method Body - Designer Sculpting
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
A simple 5-minute warmup begins the workout. Next comes the upper body section (8 minutes), which uses light dumbbells. You will do several different moves to target biceps, shoulders, and triceps. [For those who are familiar with the Lotte Berk Muscle Eats Fat video, you will notice that the upper body portion of this workout is almost exactly the same, as the Bar Method derives from Lotte Berk.] Barre work comes next (two of the instructors use a chair). You will begin in a wide stance and perform several sets of plies; the exercises are then repeated with your legs shoulder-width apart and feet together, on your toes. Again, this section is very similar to Lotte Berk, but you will perform a wider variety of exercises with more repetitions.
Following the standing leg work, it's on to the floor for a tough move known as "the pretzel." With one leg bent in front of you, the other behind, you will raise your leg and make small movements to really target your hips and buttocks areas (similar to Callanetics)--I really felt this the next day! This section is also about 5 minutes long. Ab work comes next: in this 5-minute section, you will perform small movements while keeping your abs scooped with your navel pressed toward the floor. You will then move on to bridge pose to work both your abs and you butt; this section is an additional 5 minutes as you perform bridge with several different foot positions. The workout ends with a 5-minute stretch to release your muscles.Read more ›
Not anymore. This DVD is brutal but you'll see your body change almost immediately. Within 2 weeks of beginning this workout, I looked in the mirror and realized that my thighs were beginning to trim down. Now, after 6 weeks, all of my pants fit looser in the leg - not to mention the fact that they hang off my hips. Did I mention the incredible butt-lifting benefits? After a few sessions, my rump began to tighten, lift, and acquired a round, plump shape that looks terrific. Even my arms and shoulders have become more toned - I'm only using 2-pound free weights, but the results have impressed me. My arms look trimmer and have lightly defined muscles. My stomach's flatter, and I can really feel all of the muscles across my lower abdominals working. The lingering back pain that I experienced before has disappeared.
There's a downside, of course - the first 10 sessions. You will huff, puff, sweat, and perhaps even curse as you stretch, flex, and work your angrily protesting muscle groups. The thigh work might actually make you cry. You'll walk stiffly, and sit uncomfortably, until your muscles have become accustomed to the work. But once they have, you'll become addicted to how it makes you feel - and, oh yeah, how it makes you look.
I'm excited about working out now, because I've found something that works with my schedule (this workout's only 45 minutes long!) and REALLY achieves results. I look forward to watching my body change as I continue doing the Bar Method.
This is different than the typical aerobics or dance workout videos. The instructor uses some original and some ballet-like exercises to target tough areas, it really made my hips burn! (there are some pictures on her website [...], but it doesn't show you the actual movement she has you do that makes it so challenging!) I also like how she does a few stretches between each segment that targeted the muscles that was just worked.
She really emphasizes proper posture/form, especially what she calls the "pelvic tuck" (tightening your abs when standing)
She cues/explains the exercises very well; and once you've learned the moves, the DVD has the option to "Workout with music WITHOUT NARRATION" so you don't have to listen to her talk constantly. This video is challenging for intermediate-advance, but the moves are not complicated so it is easy for a beginning exerciser to follow (but do less reps).
I also like how upbeat tecno music, and didn't find it annoying because the music varies throughout the program.
*Shoulder extensions - I like the way she does them, it's intense. She has you keep your arm up and move in small range to isolate that muscle, wonderful for your shoulder posture!
Deep knee bends (if you know ballet, it's like a gran plie in 2nd position)
*Inner Thigh Tap - this was suprisingly challenging. With your legs together, bend your knees while heels are liffted off the floor, and then slightly move your knees apart & together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was so thrilled to find this available on DVD. This was the first bar method video I ever owed, bought over 12 years ago. Read morePublished 19 months ago by VictoriaSelene Skye~Deme
This was more than I could wish for. I have the newest bar methods dvd's but I wanted to see how Burr started out, and what were the differences between old and new. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Abbygail
This is NOT a staple exercise DVD that I go to on a routine basis as it just doesn't deliver what is promised. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by MIMImuses
This workout is my fave workout of all. It is so simple but the next day you are so hurting. Love it!Published on October 14, 2013 by Star
Very good workout for toning and developing muscle definition. For best results, incorporate some type of aerobic activity too. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Gayle Bishop
I travel alot and am always looking for new fitness DVD's that can provide a good workout in a hotel room.
I heard positive things about Bar Method. Read more
I struggle with exercise. Hate it. Out of all my dvd's though, this is the one I find I can get through. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Truckle
This dvd altho is an older verson of the Batr Method it still i find a useful part of my collection! Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Joann Plaag