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Ellen presents you with "fitness reality" where she works out with class regulars, in her actual studio in one uncut take. It's barefoot cardio, strength and stretch all rolled into one with 30minutes of standing flow followed by 15 minutes of mat work.
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 THE STUDIO by Ellen Barrett DVD series, and Prevention magazine's FLAT BELLY WORKOUT DVD's. Ellen currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut (USA) with her husband and son. She travels extensively for workshops, retreats and media events
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Ellen is a very enjoyable instructor - she's pleasant to listen to, and not at all annoying. She's great at combining pilates and yoga with some cardio in her workouts, and at providing workouts that tend to make you feel like you got a good workout without a lot of stress. I will say that much like other reviewers have mentioned, you may have a problem with this one if you have an issue with your knees. This wasn't a problem for me, but that's partially because what little issues my knees gave me in the past cleared up when I started working out again after the birth of my seventh baby. So if you do have knee problems, you may want to start with a different workout of hers and see if they improve a bit before heading into this one.
I highly recommend this workout - as I stated before, it's my favorite Ellen Barrett workout so far and one that I'm always happy to do!
I finally tried Ellen with Skinny Sculpt, and found it to be a deceptively challenging arm workout, though the cardio was not enough for me. I enjoyed this workout, and I have to say I felt great afterward, but I will only do it on an off day or along with my own 15 minutes of intense cardio to feel like I got a complete workout. I then tried Yogini - which is challenging for the legs and lower body, so same deal with that one - not enough cardio, but I wasn't really expecting anything with that one. Again - time flew by and felt great afterward. These are longer than my usual workout times, but since they are much less intense than what I usually do, that's a good thing.
Power Fusion is by far my favorite. I did much of the workout holding hand weights, making it similar to Skinny Sculpt, but this one is more intense than that one, and challenges the lower body more as well. This upped the cardio and the toning, and made this into an enjoyable, yet effective and complete feeling workout.
To summarize, Ellen's workouts have their place. If you're looking to get sculpted, protect your bones, or to improve your heart health - there's no way around a classic weight workout and good old-fashioned moderate to intense cardio. Ellen's workouts won't do that for you on their own, but then again they don't claim to. Ellen often mentions her workouts creating a softer, more feminine looking physique, and I believe her workouts will accomplish that. Her workouts are totally non-dread and enjoyable, and you will feel great when you're done. Mixing up your workout routine is a great thing for your body, and Ellen's workouts are a great way to do that. I prefer a more sculpted look, so I'll stick with my heavier weights and more intense workouts for the most part, but I will definitely add these into the rotation, and will, I'm sure, look forward to those days.
This is probably the most intense of Ellen's workouts, so if you're advanced and you want to give her a try, this is a great one, and add those hand weights if it doesn't feel challenging enough.
I got home from work at 3:15pm, I got it in the mail at 3:30pm, I did it at 4:45 and I just finished it. I really loved it! I loved the moves-all different from her previous routines! I loved the set and the backgrounders too! It went by so fast-even though it is Ellen's standard 45min length! The only move I need to work on is the Threading move. My heartrate got up to a nice fat burning zone and a moderate sweat! The music was great too. I feel it in my legs and waist, even though there was not a ton of "ab" moves per se, it is her usual sneaky-easy-looking-yet-tough formula. She is a Pilates/yoga fusion genius! No one else can fuse these disiplines like her-I have tried many. This is a great addition to my Ellen collection. I now can't wait until her upcoming Grace & Gusto!!!! Grade A.