Grace and Gusto
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The second release in the ELLEN BARRETT LIVE series, Grace+Gusto is a real class, with real class regulars, filmed exclusively in Ellen's studio. Like the other DVDs, it's cardio, stretch and strength all rolled into one for total body conditioning and total person wellness. The 45 minute workout starts with easy dancer warm up that segues into 40 minutes of graceful cardio. The last 5 minutes of mat work flatten the belly and firm the upper arms.
About the Actor
Ellen Barrett, M.A. is the country's top fitness instructor, says SELF magazine because she personifies 21st century fitness, where the mind, body and spirit converge for more intelligent, efficient workouts. As a best-selling DVD creator and book author, she's a go-to-expert specifically regarding women and weight loss, Pilates, Fusion fitness, pre- and post-natal exercise and inspired wellness. Sure exercise tones your tush but when it's done right it also makes the spirit soar! That's why Ellen began teaching group exercise while in college and never stopped, teaching all over the globe for Club Med in the Carribean, Crunch Gym in Los Angeles and NYC, Corporate America, the Kripalu Center and eventually at her very own studio in Connecticut. Weight Watcher's hired Ellen as their fitness walking spokeswoman. Lifetime TV selected Ellen as their resident Fit Pro. Family Circle Magazine elected Ellen to their advisory board. FIT TV cast Ellen as lead instructor on All Star Workouts. Her most recent launch has been ELLEN BARRETT LIVE DVD series, and Prevention magazine's FLAT BELLY WORKOUT DVD's. To view Ellen's reel, click here. Ellen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and son. She travels extensively for workshops, retreats and media events.
Top customer reviews
For the past year I have tried to increase the functionality of my body by working one on one with physical therapists to address various common issues that I have such as weak glutes, lack of hip stability, or shoulder tension from a sedentary lifestyle. I love how her workout integrate a lot of the exercises and stretches you do in physical therapy, except its much more fun because the workouts have a flow. I think she is very creative and innovative in having found a way to incorporate functional training, cardio, strength and flexibility and unlike many other videos out there, you can safely do this regularly without hurting yourself.
I will definitely get and use all of her dvds!
I personally would caution anyone who works out daily to make sure that they rotate body parts and Ellen Barrett dvds - meaning if you do Grace and Gusto which works the arms and shoulders a lot- the next day do an exercise that concentrates more on legs like her Power Fusion dvd - then take a day for simple walking and stretching or a day off and start the dvd rotation again.
I come from a family of professional athletes and I am 52. I have had 10 major spinal surgeries and Ellen Barrett's exercise methodology has improved my quality of life immensely.
Cape May, NJ