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The Bar Method Body - Designer Sculpting

4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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The Bar Method elongates the thigh and seat muscles so that they sit higher on the hips. After about 10 lessons your legs look longer, your seat lifts, your abdominals pull themselves further back under the rib cage, and your shoulders, arms and chest become lean and defined. You will also burn away fat as The Bar Method keeps you feeling challenged throughout its workout. Before long your intramuscular fat will burn away to reveal your new smooth, narrow, defined body. DESIGNER SCULPTING: Designer Sculpting systematically targets the muscles that create the long, lean defined look of a dancer. During a 45 minute, full body workout Burr takes you through simple, highly effective isolations beginning with the upper body and then zeroing in on the legs, seat, waist and abs. In no time you will feel and see your hips slim down, your seat lift up and your arms gain definition. Join Burr Leonard as she instructs you how to achieve healthier, more beautiful body throughout life. A former journalist with Esquire, Forbes and Adam Smith’s Money World, Burr began studying at New York City’s Lotte Berk Method in 1981. After training and teaching at the Lotte Berk studio for a year, she opened her first studio in 1991 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Today she owns Bar Method studios in Connecticut, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Burr Leonard
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011D17C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Designer Sculpting provides an excellent full body workout designed to tone your muscles rather than build them up. Instructor Burr Leonard works with 3 other certified Bar Method instructors, one of whom shows modifications of all exercises.

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.
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I have worked out a million different ways. Some were good (elliptical trainers are good for cardio), others not so good (jogging hurt my knees). But no matter what I've tried, and how much weight my scale tells me I've lost, I have never been able to achieve the sleek, long lines that I crave - you know, a dancer's physique, with elegantly defined muscles. I began to believe that I would be stuck with chunky thighs for the rest of my life.

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.
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Overall I like this workout.
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.

WARM UP

ARMS
Bicep curls
*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!

LEGS
Calf raises
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.
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