The Ballet Physique DVD Collection
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The Ballet Physique, Colorado’s first independently-owned barre fitness studio, is home to a transformational exercise method that fuses elements of strength training with classical ballet to produce lean, strong, and shapely muscles. The beauty of the program is that it uses your own body weight as resistance, which means that each exercise can be tailored to your specific level. The DVD Collection was created to bring The Ballet Physique studio experience into your home (no barre required) with a pair of unique, energizing, and results-oriented workouts: Signature Sculpt, our most comprehensive workout at 60 minutes long, utilizes light hand weights, intense yet non-impact exercise sequences, and ballet-inspired techniques to sculpt every muscle in the body. Amped Up, our accelerated 45-minute session, is focused on building strength and boosting the metabolism through the use of heavier weights and fast-paced, efficient intervals. It's the perfect workout to maximize calorie burn when you're in a time crunch. Designed to be used as a set, each Ballet Physique workout promises to flatten your middle, perk up your derriere, firm your thighs, chisel your arms, and melt fat in record time. And, when you commit to doing both programs on a regular basis, you’ll notice a difference in the way your clothes fit in just one month!
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This collection contains two killer ballet barre-style workouts: the 60-minute "Signature Sculpt," and the 45-minute "Amped Up," billed as a shorter but more intense workout. You use a barre (no need to buy one, a chair that's high enough is a perfect subsitute), light weights, the inflatable medicine ball that comes with the DVD...and good old gravity! The moves all ballet/dance based: a lot of plies, leg lifts forward and back, hip rolls, tucks, pulsing on bent legs...You get the idea. There's video of it online; check it out!
Though it's a pricier DVD program, you actually get plenty for your buck: 2 well-produced, incredibly challenging and effective workouts and an inflatable medicine ball (referred to here as a playground ball).
I wanted to try this style of workout because I so enjoy pilates and dance-based sculpting workouts (for example, I LOVE Tracy Anderson's sculpting workouts and the Exhale Core Fusion workouts). I like using a chair and my own body weight to sculpt that long, lean look. Soo...this was my first barre-style workout...and I think it may be my last. I'll explain why.
My biggest issue with the workout is what it did to my body. Mind you, I only used this once a week, for 3 weeks, when I noticed a difference in my body. I am a high intermediate exerciser, and am happy with my body the way it is and pretty much work out for maintenance. Within just a few performances of this workout, I noticed that I started to get RIPPED. My abs, though already toned with nice lines, began to actually develop, if not yet a 6-pack, then definitely a 4-pak! :-) My thighs became thicker, albeit with muscle, and my calves started to get a muscular ripple in them (all those darn releves!!). All of this would have made me astoundingly ecstatic...IF I desired those changes! However, I loved the challenge, but did NOT want to develop my muscle tone beyond where it currently is. I have nothing against very, very developed feminine muscle, but it's just not for me. It's not a look I'm personally interested in. I was actually surprised at these results, because there is so much beautiful stretching in between the exercises.
So...for this reason alone, I have already, regrettably, retired the Ballet Physique DVDs. But I AM going to keep them! You never know when I may need an aggressive but gentle toning workout to jump-start a lazy physique (like post-pregnancy!!) :-)
I highly recommend this workout; it does what it claims and is fun and challenging...but unfortunately, it's just not for me.
UPDATE: So when I got tired of my previous Pilates-type workout, I finally took another look at these discs, collecting dust on my DVD shelf and thought, "I miss these!" I mean, they are a lot of fun, and I LOVED the challenge, so I pulled them out again...and fell in love! The key to not overdeveloping, it finally occurred to me, is to just pull back on the strength intensity on one of my other workout days. So since I work out 3 days a week, if I do this workout one day and Tonique another day, I just do something like gentle yoga or bellydance on the 3rd day, and presto, beautiful definition with no overdevelopment! :-) Ha, duh, it's so easy to manage! And this DVD is a BALL! So, 5 stars!!