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Review of Exercise DVD: Ballet Conititioning by Element

Move It at Home: Ballet Conditioning by Element

If you are looking to move it at home, but can't stomach another loud, in your face, overly busy workout DVD, I suggest you try Ballet Conditioning produced by Element.

Shot in a lovely garden overlooking the ocean don't let the serene environment fool you because this workout will make your legs burn. It is what I would have called in my dance days a quad gripper. The fronts of my thighs got a serious workout. The video runs just a little under an hour and the workout is more like a very rudimentary ballet class than an aerobics class. It is structured like a technique class with bar work (using a chair), and center work where you are forced to balance on your own (good for your core), a jumping section (petite allegro for all the bun heads out there), some very dancey ab work, and finally some stretching.

The movements are all reasonably easy to do. Someone who has never danced might find it a little challenging on the first go around but would definitely pick up the graceful moves on the second or third go round. This is not the best workout for a day after a long run; I learned that the hard way. The workout is very leg intensive from the big toe all the way to the upper thighs and booty.

Buy it for $9 from Amazon. Or just add it to your Netflix queue.

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dlmslp dlmslp 8 years
just tried this and really liked it. i was worried because i am not that flexible or coordinated, but i got through it fine. it is a good workout for the legs for sure.
dlmslp dlmslp 8 years
thanks for this review. i was thinking of trying it out.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
That seems really difficult! I'm probably too clumbsy to try this one... :-s
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Ballet workout! Wonderful; I'll definitely be checking this out. I love yoga, but I love a good dance workout now and then too. I danced for thirteen years when I was growing up, and I really miss it sometimes.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I used to do ballet, and this sounds like a good alternative to aerobics. Maybe it's just me, but I always think of aerobics as being muscular and really intensive workouts and that makes me dislike it. Not everyone wants to do such an intense workout, they just want to be healthy and fit. This is an excellent idea, and I hope it gets more publicity so there will be more dance DVDs.
emalove emalove 9 years
I loved ballet when I was younger...but I was always much more into gymnastics. It would be fun to do this workout though! Bring back some childhood memories.
wren1 wren1 9 years
This is one of my favorite workout DVDs. It reminds me of my dance class days and it REALLY works you legs.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I took ballet as a child, I kind of wish I stick with it.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
I'll definitely be looking into this. I used to dance, and I kind of miss it. Since I can't afford dance classes on top of a gym membership, I'd love doing a ballet workout at home.
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