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Move It at Home: The Bar Method Body - Fat Free DVD

The Bar Method is a great way to sculpt your body without lifting weights. Since it is quick paced you get a bit of an aerobic workout too. The class locations are limited to California and Connecticut, so for everyone else there are DVDs.

The Bar Method Body - Fat Free DVD is a 40-ish minute work out that really challenges your muscles with simple, small motions. It is called The Bar Method since you need to hold onto something while performing some of the exercises - kind of like holding a ballet barre. The name makes sense since Burr Leonard, founder of The Bar Method Studios, modified the routine of Lotte Burke, an English ballerina. Leonard herself leads you through the class and she is a walking testimonial as she is in her late 50s and still looking fabulous. Oddly enough she reminds me of Kitty from That 70s Show which is entertaining in and of itself.

The exercises are rather simple and there are many repetitions of each one so you get the hang of it quickly. Keep your remote close by, because on the 3rd or 4th viewing you are going to want to fast forward through the descriptions. The routine focuses on the back side - really working the booty and the hamstrings and the abdominal work is great too. There is also a lot of luxurious stretching.

I like that Leonard tells you to use simple household items like a chair or a throw pillow and there is no agenda to sell you props.

If you want to try it before you buy it, then put it on your NetFlix queue or just purchase it here for $18.99.

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xcyten xcyten 7 years
I purchased the bar method dvds on ebay. I've bought alot of exercise videos that I didn't use or stopped using but these are by far some of the best workouts,(designer sculpting & fat free. already after 2 weeks I can see a change in my legs and I actually noticed a rounder seat this morning. I weigh 230lbs so you know that's a miracle in itself. I've been walking religiously for the past 4 months but needed a little uummff this is it. I LOVE IT !!!!
HipMom HipMom 8 years
I have this but haven't done it yet because it's so long (50 minutes). A shorter alternative is the Lotte Berk Method workouts, especially High Round Assets and Muscle Eats Fat. Weight training is so last decade - Pilates and barre workout are the way to go to tone and slim without bulking up.
tati33 tati33 9 years
do these help to trim the mid section...I want to minimize the waistline or get rid/minimize my belly pouch..
DStirk DStirk 9 years
omg, she totally looks like kitty. i'm dying!
winterbride07 winterbride07 9 years
Yes, these exercises work! I can't do weight work or the typical squats and lunges for my lower body because my thighs just get bigger. So I tried the Bar Method Designer Sculpting DVD and I could really feel the exercises! You stretch after each move, so you end up with a long and lean feeling. I don't like the arm or ab work on this DVD so I just fast forward to the leg and butt work. Lotte Berk Method DVDs are good too. Specifically High Round Assets. The whole thing is focused on the lower body (except for a few push ups) and I definitely noticed a perky booty after doing that one a few times a week!
head-sparkler head-sparkler 9 years
Has anyone out there tried this? I'm intrigued...
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