New York City Ballet Workout
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New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program balances art, life, and fitness into the perfect workout for anyone of any age. This healthy and intelligent program builds inner and physical strength, and is an alternative to fast-paced, high-energy exercise programs.
- Dolby Digital 5.1/stereo classical soundtrack
- Dolby Digital 5.1/stereo contemporary soundtrack
- Optional voiceover
- Individual exercises option
- Video diaries: Deanna, Edwaard, Helene, Albert
- Interviews: Alex, Rebecca, Peter, Christopher
- Behind the scenes
- Dance and the City
- Selected exercises to help in football, skiing, and racquet sports
- DVD-ROM content: video glossary, photo gallery, Web links
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I am tired of my videos with perky instructors telling me I can do it and all of the glitz. I wanted something lower key. I have the firm series 1-2-3 and I think they are great but I was looking for a change because I was a little burned out with that kind of workout. Also, I find working with weights boring.
I have never done ballet and I couldn't tell you what position 1 or 3 is. There are some reviewers who were upset about that. I don't know what the big deal is. I just looked at the dancers and did what they did. I don't have to know what it is called to do it I can easily figure it out by watching.
I loved the music! I don't listen to that kind of music but I loved it here. It made me relax and think about what I was doing--calmly--instead of being franic and trying to make sure I was doing it right. It made me more introspective.
What I like:
*I am toning my body without high impact aerobics in a relaxed yet focused way.
*I get a good stretch and feel better after the workout than before. With other workouts I didn't feel as energized as I do with NYCB.
*I feel taller and stronger.
*the dancers look so strong and inspire me.
What I don't like:
*I don't like the pauses between sets.
*I wish that I could just do part of the workout in the morning and the other part after supper. There aren't any chapters and really there isn't a good stopping point.
Anyway, there are only a few minor things that I don't like. I am not a dancer and have no coordination at all but I can do it and I must be doing it right because I feel stronger.
I recommend this video to anyone who understands there is going to be a learning curve. You wont get it the first time but after a few times you will and you will be stronger and more flexible because of it. Also, I recommend this workout to anyone who is a little tired of the typical home workout videos with all of the rah rah and hoopla.
I would say that this is an okay dvd, but especially if you are not fast at picking things up and do not have a real background in ballet (as in knowing tendu, portabras, passe, releve, and your foot positions), it will be difficult and frustrating at first. Of course, if you are determined, a few tries will get you into things. It's nice to see how these ballet dancers can bend their legs over their heads and such. Makes me a little jealous.