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Fat Burning Fusion

4.5 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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If you are looking for a fun, pilates/ballet inspired workout, this is it! You'll look (and feel) leaner, longer and more flexible. Ellen's cuing is deliberate and concise, making it easy to follow. She also encourages good form which will benefit beginners and ensure participants get the maximum toning benefit from the moves. --videofitness.com

About the Actor

My goal is to inspire, says Ellen Barrett, star of the best-selling Crunch DVD series and a resident Fit TV instructor. She holds a Master's in education as well as multiple fitness and Pilates certifications. Touted as The Best Instructor in Videoland by the St.Louis Dispatch and named Top Instructor in 2001 by SELF magazine, Ellen is considered today's leading expert in mind/body fitness for women. She has also authored three books, Sexy Yoga (Ulysses Press, 2005), Weights for Weight loss (Ulysses Press, 2006) and Zodiaction (Bantam, 2007).

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ellen Barrett
  • Directors: Seth D. Stein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Buff Girl Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZZT7BS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am a big fan of Ellen Barrett's, and have been for a couple of years. My favorite routine of her's, up to now, was the one she created for FitTV's "All Star Workouts" called Zen Sculpt. My next favorite, also from "All Star Workouts" was her Slow-robics. This new DVD, "Fat Burning Fusion" is from Ellen's Buff Girl Fitness productions, and does not disappoint! It is a great workout from start to finish, and is very challenging and tough if done correctly. You will get out of it what you put in to it. Her focus is not always on what is moving, but what isn't moving.

A little note about Ellen's style...she isn't for those who want a bulky physique. She is more about elongating and strengthening the muscles for a lean and feminine dancer's body. Her routines blend Plilates with dance, with mind/body integration. The entire program works all areas of the body--the powerhouse, the heart center, and the limbs. So, you burn calories, build muscle, and stretch through each move smoothly and gracefully. You will feel this the next day--especially in the legs and glutes.

Working out with Ellen is not easy, but it is gentle to the body. If you want hard-core cardio, with lots of jumping around and kick-boxing, she's not for you. If you want to look like Cathe Friedrich, Ellen won't get you there. However, if you want to be toned, flexible, long and lean, she's your gal. Done on a regular basis, you will see results. This is Ellen at her very best-great cuing, easy explanations, and fun!
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I enjoy this workout more each time I do it. It features a great combination of strength, flexibility, and cardio if you really put in the effort.
I also like that it's a barefoot, low impact workout. No special equipment needed.
Ellen is a master at easing you into some high intensity moves and then backing off just in time. I also like how she lets the music set the rhythm in all of her dvd's.
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I bought this video thinking it would be an easier workout for those days I didn't want the high intensity. WRONG! It gave me a great workout, left me feeling stretched out, and quite energized. Great for the lower body. It was graceful and flowing. Highly Recommend!
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Well, for starters, the IDEA of the low-impact standing Pilates workout is what grabbed my attention. Before purchasing this DVD, I enjoyed working out to Leslie Sansone in-home walking workout DVDs (I still do, just not as often), and I wasn't at all familiar with or even aware of Ellen. However, since I live on the 8th floor, I felt the need to find a workout that would be powerful and help me to sculpt a lean, graceful body without making stomping noises, for the sake of the poor tenants living on the 7th floor. Since I rarely have the patience to do exercises on the mat, I thought I hit gold here when I found this title online. This was it--the low-impact STANDING PILATES WORKOUT! I thought it'd be a piece of cake. Something to do casually, whenever I could spare the time, before going to work in the morning. A breeze. Boy was I wrong. This NEVER FAILS to break me into a sweat. Not just a little dampness, either, it's dripping sweat that I refer to. It's summer right now and of course the hot weather is probably making me sweat by default, but this is a TOUGH workout. It's certainly not for "sissies." Form is so so SO important. Each time I do it, I appreciate it even more. I feel that my arms are becoming more lean, and I can see that this is having positive effects on my entire body. At first the plie squats were seriously getting on my nerves and annoying the heck out of my knees, but the more I do them the easier they get, and the more capable I become of doing them. Not to say that this is a perfect DVD--for instance, I wish Ellen would give more specific instruction on HOW to do certain moves instead of constantly repeating to "stand up tall" and "lift the heart." Overall, I think this is a great workout for those who are looking to tone and sculpt and stretch their bodies.Read more ›
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Ellen Barrett has her own style of workout she's developed specifically for women. Her goal is to combine cardio, toning and stretching together simultaneously instead of doing them separately, and she does this by a "fusion" of workout elements taken from pilates, yoga, dance/ballet, sports fitness and more traditional calisthenics and aerobics. Plus she aspires to arrange these elements into a flowing, low-stress, low-impact yet cardio-, musclar- and stretching-intense workout that is complimentary to the female body. Sounds like a Herculean task, doesn't it? Well, thankfully Barrett's been at this for quite awhile - she is a former tennis pro who got into aerobics and fitness in the 80's - and so really knows what she's doing. As result she's succeeded in making a very efficient, effective and comfortable workout style that works your entire body. Barrett's approach is so efficient and comfortable that you'll probably not even realize how much of a workout this is until you've done it a few times and become more aware of how this makes your body work. As for effective - when I started doing Barrett's FitTV workouts, I noticed improvement in stamina, strength, flexibility and body tone with a couple weeks, when I discovered how much easier housecleaning and daily tasks had become, that my jeans were bit looser around the waist and how my thigh and bicep muscles were little more defined.

This particular workout on this DVD is mostly standing, with only a bare minimal of matwork.
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