Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout

Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout

Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout

Get a tight, toned and elegant body with this effective ballet inspired total body workout from Mary Helen Bowers, trainer to the stars! Sculpt sleek and strong legs, arms, butt, abs and upper body. Shape a lean and graceful dancer s body with targeted mat work and standing exercises that lengthen and tone. Workouts include focused exercises that target trouble areas while increasing flexibility and improving posture.

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  • M. Black says:
    239 of 249 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best workout — ever!!, September 3, 2012
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    M. Black (Chicago, IL United States) –
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    This review is from: Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout (DVD)
    I stumbled on Mary Helen Bowers series of DVD’s through Amazon and have enjoyed them, her streaming videos on her website, her book and her live classes. This is DVD is the foundation of my workouts and I alternate the other DVD and streaming videos along with a live class. I have been the DVD workout queen for over 15 years and never, ever, have I enjoyed the results I have from just 3 months of Ballet Beautiful. I have done them all and enjoyed many, however, I have the best posture, core strength, elongated strong legs and stamina I have ever had (and this is 1 1/2 years after falling from my horse and breaking a vertebrae) and above all – I look forward to my workouts, I enjoy them and feel great afterwards. In fact, I try to get in at least 30 minutes before going to ride, makes a huge difference for me in my performance. I am not sure where the guy who reviewed this is getting his comments from, but I can honestly say the proof is not only in the physical appearance, but I am an avid equestrian and I have had trainers and other riders ask me what I have changed that I am riding so well now – versus even a few months ago. I can now finally do what my trainer is teaching me because I have the physical strength and stamina, finally! Thank you Mary Helen!!

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  • Kay says:
    210 of 224 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great workout, there’s pros and cons, January 19, 2013
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    Kay

    This review is from: Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout (DVD)

    I have to say first, the only person I really workout with anymore is Tracy Anderson because I’m very short and petite and I bulk very easily. I used to work out to everything from Jillian Michaels and Jackie Werner to Leslie Sansone or Jennifer Galardi. They were effective in making me stronger but I also looked a little too strong–BULK! I was getting in better shape, yet my were getting tighter from my quads getting overly muscular. Also, the fast paced high-intensity boot camp style of working out just wasn’t working for me anymore. When I discovered Tracy Anderson I was in love because she worked the accessory muscles that normal workouts don’t get to and she used the attitude position for a lot of her leg/butt workouts which is very ballet inspired, and she also did most of her leg workouts on the floor (on all fours) so instead of just squatting and putting all your weight on your legs, you were doing much more varied movements without the pressure on your legs and many different leg extensions with high repetitions (usually a set of 30 compared to most workouts I had done where they would do only 8 or 10 of the same move)

    Flash forward to Mary Helen Bowers. I had done a NYC Ballet workout DVD and loved it but again, if I wasn’t careful, I could bulk…so when I saw the preview for Ballet Beautiful I thought it was the mix of both worlds–ballet inspired moves but floor work with high repetitions that reminded me of Tracy Anderson’s style. The simple white room, a mat, nothing obnoxious, just to the point. I love that there’s classical music in Ballet Beautiful though, because it’s much more relaxing and it does make you feel like a ballerina, which I find motivating and inspiring to workout to. I noticed more increase of flexibility with Ballet Beautiful and it’s given me better posture, which are things I didn’t get from any other workout routine. Mary Helen does high repetitions for serious burn (4 sets of 8 for each move) which is what makes Ballet Beautiful a guaranteed way to change your body. Another difference between her and Tracy Anderson is that Tracy’s workouts require more thinking, the moves are more complicated and varied, which is great for muscle confusion, but Ballet Beautiful is simple while still being very effective and challenging.

    Here’s my rundown of the Total Body Workout (I also got the Body Blast DVD, which is now my favorite of the two, but I will review that on the Body Blast page later)

    Bridge Series: This one is a killer. Unfortunately, it really does hit my quads a lot because there is constant weight on your legs and you are holding yourself up on your tip toes, but it’s also super effective for the back of the legs and the butt…so it evens out. Very challenging, will do the job.

    Abs: It’s OK. I personally don’t love the rocking motion that is similar to a traditional sit up, and I get annoyed with the ones where you go almost all the way down and back up again. I just find that I can lose my balance and when that happens, it’s not as effective for me. I love when she starts doing the rotations and it gets the obliques…but overall, I’m 50/50 on the abs.

    Inner Thighs: Another killer. Probably the most challenging for me other than the arms, but I’ve done it a few times now and it’s getting easier. Inner thighs will be SO SORE afterwards, but there is definitely a feeling of accomplishment. I would have liked a little more variety with this segment however, because although it’s challenging, I feel like I want a couple of more moves.

    Outer Thighs: I like this one, it’s also very effective and has a lot of leg extensions with toes pointed doing many reps of very isolated moves. Some people may not like this, I actually like that I can just lay on my side and do these and not have to think too hard about it. It’s yet another segment where I kind of wanted “more”…but it’s a good workout.

    Arms: My favorite part of the workout, by far. However, now that I’ve done the Swan Arms in Body Blast, I know that this was just a teaser for the burn to come…but this SO helped prepare me. First time I could not get through it, second time I could but I had to take quick 1 second rests, third time I realized I was addicted. The best thing about this is that once you’ve done it a few times, you don’t even need to turn the DVD on. It’s VERY repetitive, but SO effective. I’ve done it about 5 times just sitting in my chair at the computer or in the kitchen while waiting for something to finish cooking. It’s also quick, but your arms will quickly start to tone up doing this. If you like this arm workout though, I highly recommended buying her Body Blast DVD for a 15 minute Swan Arm workout….it’s similar to this, but much harder.

    Standing: Biggest disappointment of the whole thing. It’s so short and just a few moves. 🙁 It would be nice to be able to turn this on if I just wanted to do a standing…

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