Element: Ballet Conditioning
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Ballet Dancers always have slender bodies that are both strong and lean with lovely proportion and gorgeous body lines. One of the greatest secrets to a dancer's body is ballet conditioning which focuses on all muscle groups. In this unique program, your muscles will work smoothly in unison to create a long, streamlined silhouette with flat abs, a lean lower body and beautifully defined curves. Moving gracefully and fluidly through this series of exercises, you will strengthen and stretch your way to a dancer’s body.
About the Actor
Elise Gulan has over 18 years in dance education including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Jazz. She was a principal soloist for the Virginia Ballet Company where she danced for seven years appearing in productions such as Copelia, Swan Lake, and Nutcracker Suite. She brought her love of expression through movement to her new career as a certified personal trainer and instructor of Yoga, Core Fusion and Core Energy Flow. Elise enjoys helping her students to find their inner strength and to energize their joy of life through physical and mental fitness.
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I rented it to get an idea of what it was about and I honestly thought it was going to be just a boring ballet exercise routine.
The instructor made it very easy to follow along with this rather intense conditioning. Not only that, but she manages to be soothing while your muscles are screaming! The birth doula in me was really impressed by that!
By the end, my legs were burning but I felt really good!
This workout is intense on the legs but the core and lats get a pretty good toning as well. The arms do get some action but I think I would like to add something that focuses on them more.
Overall, I was very pleased!
I was a bit nervous though as I have zero ballet and zero dance experience.
The workout itself was challenging, but not overly so. On a scale of 1-10 I would probably put it at a 6 in intensity. I found myself breaking a sweat, but I survived. I thought the hardest part involved some of the core exercises at the end and I found myself having to pause and take breaks.
And yes, as previous viewers have noted, the woman doing the voice over does sound overly sensual. I just turn the volume down low though so my husband doesn't think I am watching adult movies in the next room. Other than that I have no complaints about this video.
My favorite part about this workout though is how I feel afterwards. Even though I am not a tenth as graceful as the woman in the video, I feel graceful and more fluid in my movements afterward. And even though I have been practicing yoga for some time, I felt like this has helped my balance beyond what I have gotten out of yoga. While yoga gives me a stationary sense of balance, this helps me to balance better while moving- essentially making me much less if a klutz in day to day life.
This video actually inspired me to purchase the New York City Ballet workout dvd for more ballet inspired workouts. I doubt I will ever be a ballet dancer, but I can definitely see the benefits for non-dancers like me!
The dance requires a chair, for you to help keep your balance. Very difficult, but I might do it once a week.
You can really feel the difference after the workout is completed.