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#11 starchild

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    Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:17 PM

    Yep, it keeps you out of trouble alright and you do make great friends. I didn't really find trouble until I quit! DH says the same thing about football, and we often have the "which is the more difficult workout" debate. Dance is so underestimated! I love when the men on Dancing with the Stars are exhausted and sweating during rehearsal because it shows how strenuous dance is!

    #12 Leia78

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      Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:21 PM

      Have you heard of the Bar Method? They have a few gyms where I live that utilizes the ballet bar for exercises. I've done a few and they are killer. Never knew such small movements can produce a burn like no other. The classes were $$ so I ordered Fluidity: Fitness Evolved. The workout is just as good...but i'll admit, I haven't done it in awhile.

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        Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:21 PM

        I've done the yoga booty ballet DVD once. It was a good cardio work out.

        I also like the Carmen Electra Fit to Strip series.

        Both are good if you have dance experience so you can use better/proper form.

        I think that Pilates is the best work-out and it really uses the same muscles that you do when you do ballet. It build long, lean muscle instead of making you bulk up.

        Those would be my best recommendations, but I guess not really appropriate if you are wanting to dance.

        Do you have a local community center or ballet company that offers adult classes? My BM is trying to talk me into taking one with her!

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          Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:25 PM

          I've not heard of Fluidity, I'll look into that further...thanks :)

          I do like Pilates, in fact I have a dvd I like that is still packed from moving but I need to get it out again. I do want to get into the actual ballet moves again, but that and pilates would be excellent!

          #15 Leia78

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            Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:29 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by starchild
            I've not heard of Fluidity, I'll look into that further...thanks :)

            I do like Pilates, in fact I have a dvd I like that is still packed from moving but I need to get it out again. I do want to get into the actual ballet moves again, but that and pilates would be excellent!
            I noticed a difference in my butt and thighs the most after only 2 weeks of doing it 4 times a week. You do the movements and then you stretch, so it's like pilates...it's supposed to elongate your muscles.

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              Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:33 PM

              Very interesting and fast results, the reviews online look pretty good too.

              #17 Leia78

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                Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:20 PM

                Quote:
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                Very interesting and fast results, the reviews online look pretty good too.
                yup...JackieB just ordered it today!

                #18 Lorilou

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                  Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:52 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Leia78
                  Have you heard of the Bar Method? They have a few gyms where I live that utilizes the ballet bar for exercises. I've done a few and they are killer. Never knew such small movements can produce a burn like no other. The classes were $$ so I ordered Fluidity: Fitness Evolved. The workout is just as good...but i'll admit, I haven't done it in awhile.
                  I was going to mention "The Bar Method" also. www.barmethod.com they just opened up a studio in Chicago. my friend signed up and sent me a free class. I went and OMG it was killer for your legs and rear. I signed up for the "30 day - $100" trial b/c it is really pricey. i figure i'll go 3xs a week and do cardio and other exercises at my normal gym in between. They are only in a few cities though. Good luck.

                  #19 gkashmira

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                    Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:13 PM

                    Jamy - I've never been but my friend has taken (and liked!) the ballet class at LACity College down on Vermont. It's cheap, it meets once a week on Saturdays. I know you're looking for a DVD but I thought I would at least mention it. I think they have it every quarter so if you ever want to do some ballet for not much $$ here it is!

                    Here's the listing from their Winter schedule:

                    BALLET SLIM & TRIM
                    What better way to whittle those legs, improve your
                    circulation, tone up your whole body, and most
                    importantly work on your total alignment than with
                    the classical art of ballet dance. The traditional
                    ballet "warm-up" performed at the barre does all of
                    this and more. No experience necessary. Ballet
                    shoes are recommended.

                    SubEvent: Ann Monahan Fee: $45
                    #65021A 6 Saturdays
                    9:00-10:00 a.m.
                    February 23-March 29

                    And here's the link (download the PDF and look on page 34): Comsvcs - LACC
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                    #20 Shenmaat

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                      Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:11 PM

                      I love the New York City Ballet Workout dvd's.

                      Amazon.com: New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2: Movies & TV: New York City Ballet: Complete Workout
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