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Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout by Review Summary ,  Sep 16, 2015

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Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 629 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 1.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Body4.4   exceptional
Shape4.4   average
Tone4.3   average
Music4.1   average
Video3.9   below average
Fit3.8   below average
Instruction3.8   average
Simple3.8   below average
Voice3.8   below average
Speed3.5   mediocre
Weight3.5   below average
Size3.0   mediocre


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Balance

Balance:
"I wish the standing section was a little longer, because I can see how it could really help improve posture and balance, maybe down the road I will challenge myself by doing that section twice."
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"I'm not the most flexible person, and quite honestly, my balance is terrible too."
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"I just find that I can lose my balance and when that happens, it's not as effective for me."
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"Great body weight full body workout - really targets all those butt muscles that are so important for leg stability and balance - not to mention the great looking booty you'll get if you keep doing this workout! "
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"I am going to keep doing this workout as I feel it's a nice balance to the heavy cardio, and refreshing mentally as well."
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"Do yourself a favour and pick up the book as well - it's just such a nice dose of balance and common sense in the midst of all the fitness nutrition extremism out there."
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"This workout is hard and it will make your muscles want to tighten up, this workout pairs great with yoga for a wonderful balance between muscular work and stretching."
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"It took a lot of work in letting go of my 'all or nothing' mindset and there is still room for improvement in finding balance, so now I like to focus on what feels good to the mind and body."
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Body

Body:
"As the others reviewers mentioned, it's broken down into 6 sections, each specific to a body part area."
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"Warning if you are not already a dancer with 10 years experience and the body to prove it you will not be able to do any of these exercises."
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"I have been doing this workout for almost three weeks...I can't believe how it beautifully changed my body!"
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"It's bad enough that I'm taking away a whole star because I feel like if you didn't have any Pilates or yoga training or if you weren't hyper-aware of proper body mechanics, you wouldn't be able to get the most out of this."
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"I just never saw the importance of all of it, I thought I was fine the way I was, I wasn't very confident but I didn't hate my body either."
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"But after I had my baby, my body was weak, my joints were in pain, and I wasn't myself."
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"Anyone who has been a ballerina or took ballet and loved it when they were young enjoys the serenity of it, the grace, the way the body feels doing it."
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"If you are used to exercising or your body is fairly conditioned, then this will be a good video for you."
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"I ordered this, as well as the Body Blast, just last week, and I am loving the both of them!"
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"I'm using it intensively, participating in Body Blast's Swan Arms, Butt Blast 1 (sometimes #2, if I'm feeling energetic), as well as all 6 Total Body Workout DVD workouts -- all in one day."
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"It is not as challenging as the Body Blast, and I made a mistake of trying that one first."
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Fit

Fit:
"(I've never been confident in a dress, even in my average fit frame."
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"I recently fell in love with barre fitness classes but on the weeks where it's hard to fit a class into my schedule, this workout gives me a similar workout."
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"The segments are easily broken down and rearranged to fit your schedule."
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"Don't get me wrong..there are times that I want to hate the instructor, because she is so limber and fit, and never looks like she is breaking a sweat."
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"I understand not elongating the stretching part in order to fit more sequences into the video, but then say OK now is a perfect time to pause the video and take a few minutes to stretch before we move on to the next exercise."
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"I am pretty fit (I can win half marathons) but I couldn't keep up with the super fast repetitions of these moves."
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"It will fit well into my routine because I wanted to fill in the gaps between gym sessions, and this is perfect for that."
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"Anyway, I appreciated her honesty, and felt the same after I continued to not fit into ANY OF MY PANTS."
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"Combined with a healthy diet I managed to lose 20lb and I'm pretty fit right now."
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Focus

Focus:
"It's a great workout for all your problem areas she focus on everything."
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"The one hour workout is broken into six different routines that focus on a specific area (outer thigh, inner thigh, arms, etc.)"
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"I would recommend it to anyone wanting to really get a good workout that focuses on specific difficult areas, like inner thighs, hips, lower abs, and inner arms."
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"The inner thigh and outer thigh sections were the toughest, probably because they are areas that I typically don't work out at the gym, I usually focus more on quads and hamstrings, so it's a great way to make sure you're toning from every angle."
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"This DVD allows me to focus on the areas that I enjoy working out."
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"This is a nice break in my routine workouts because it focuses on toning with your own body weight."
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"It's a great workout for all your problem areas she focus on everything."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"It is still very challenging, but the soothing music and her calm and encouraging instructions make the workout pass so quickly, the 10min workout for each segment is just perfect, not too much and not too little."
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"If you have not done any ballet dancing, this is going to be very confusing and challenging, not that the exercise itself but the instructions."
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"The stretches between sets move a bit quick for me but overall the DVD is of high quality in both presentation and instruction and challenging for even advanced students like myself."
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"No clear instructions on form or how to prevent injury."
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"Cons: The same cons everyone else listed: 1) You have to either select the next workout every time, or wait forever in between each, 2) There is virtually no cardio element, except for the standing section, which ends the moment it begins, 3) The stretching is a joke... You cannot build muscle elasticity with such minimal stretch time, 4) There is virtually no instruction for each exercise, so unless you're a trained dancer, good luck guessing how to get to get the proper form, 5) it works VERY targeted muscle groups, and seriously lacks with others... Not a full body workout by any means, 6) it is tedious tedious tedious..."
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"Once you learn the moves, I'd recommend just doing the workout without her instruction (there is an option to do that)."
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"Very effective movements and excellent instruction w support & corrective comments throughout those movements."
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"Good music and can use with without verbal instructions."
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"Easy to follow instruction"
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Level

Level:
"My advice is to do the work and the exercises that feel challenging but not PAINFUL to you at a pace and repetition level that feels challenging but not PAINFUL to you and enjoy the results."
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"Definitively a challenging workout that can be mortified for any fitness level."
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"It's better for intermediate to advanced skill level, I couldn't do half of it, I'm I'm in decent shape."
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"My advice is to do the work and the exercises that feel challenging but not PAINFUL to you at a pace and repetition level that feels challenging but not PAINFUL to you and enjoy the results."
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"An excellent workout for any level."
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"It is very good but seems to be targeted to those who are at least at an intermediate level."
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"I can understand why it's not for everyone - it's not the most engaging video, and it may not be appropriate for all fitness levels - but it's great for me."
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"the workouts are pretty exhausting but simple enough for any ability level."
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Music

Music:
"It is still very challenging, but the soothing music and her calm and encouraging instructions make the workout pass so quickly, the 10min workout for each segment is just perfect, not too much and not too little."
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"I love that a work out can be this challenging and get you to the burn without techno music or jumping around."
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"The piano music is a little annoying."
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"I do find the music relaxing and the workout challenging but I don't find myself wanting to go back and do it again over and over."
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"I love this workout, the serene music yet challenging no impact workout is the best part of my day."
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"There is also an option to play just the background music without her voice, which is nice once you get familiar with the workout."
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"Pros: The music is soft and the instructor is wonderful."
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"Good music and can use with without verbal instructions."
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"The music is beautiful and her voice is relaxing."
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"It does have a nice set and music."
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"It's also beautifully produced and the music is nice and soothing during the workout, taking away from the roughness."
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Quick

Quick:
"It's broken down into sections, which makes it great for a quick workout or a full-blown session."
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"It's challenging and delivers quick results."
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"The only downside is that there isn't much stretching (she is very quick with it in the workout) and it really is not a cardio workout."
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"It's broken down into sections, which makes it great for a quick workout or a full-blown session."
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"I can already see my legs getting leaner...I had done Callanetics prior, but the ballerina-base that Mary Helen uses is much more graceful and fun, with tremendous *quick* results."
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"Perfect for a complete workout or you can do a quick segment if you are short on time and not feel guilty."
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"The bridge exercises (a movement my physical therapist recommends) were performed at a very quick pace."
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"I used to teach Pilates, and have been doing both Pilates and Callanetics (old-school but still the gold standard for quick results) for years, so I'm in pretty good shape already."
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Shape

Shape:
"I have an hourglass figure, so I appreciate the shape, I just don't appreciate the extra fluff."
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"I have never taken any ballet, but if this is a small sample of the exercises they do, then no wonder they are in great shape."
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"Even if you are in reasonably good shape, I guarantee this will be a challenge."
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"It's better for intermediate to advanced skill level, I couldn't do half of it, I'm I'm in decent shape."
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"Relaxing setting, a lovely teacher and deceivingly simple moves all equal one fabulous workout to get you in tip top shape."
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"every part... your arms really shape nice."
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"Mary Helen Bowers will shape you quickly into a sleek physique with little risk of injury."
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"The stretches are too rushed, unless you're already in amazing shape, and I found some of Mary Ellen's chatter distracting and disrupting to the rhythm of the exercises."
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"You have to try this if you want to be in the best shape ever!"
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Simple

Simple:
"It's simple but not easy."
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"Don't let the minimalist aesthetic and seemingly simple moves fool you...this workout is a challenge."
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"The exercises looked so simple, it was hard to believe that they would have much impact."
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"Simple, But Definitely Not Easy."
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"What I like about it is that the movements are simple but challenging."
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"It looks so simple, but yet so challenging."
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"Relaxing setting, a lovely teacher and deceivingly simple moves all equal one fabulous workout to get you in tip top shape."
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"Her CD is beautifully displayed, yet simple to follow, and produces a great work out on the go anywhere! "
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"The arms workout is deceptively simple but my triceps felt pretty sore the next day."
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"You don't have to know how to dance, this workout is a strength training workout, and the exercises done here are simple, yet, incredibly effective!"
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"Perfect for exercising while the baby naps - indoors, quiet, simple, and effective! "
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Size

Size:
")Those are small complaints, however; overall I still think this is a great workout, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to get a vigorous but almost all-floor workout."
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"Combine with a balance healthy diet, this work out is perfect for women (and men) like me who seem to not be able to shrink those pants sizes :-) And yes for somebody with 0 experience in dancing and even less so in Ballet, this workout can be a tad challenging at first but one gets used to it."
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"I have never taken any ballet, but if this is a small sample of the exercises they do, then no wonder they are in great shape."
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"My only small complaint is how she looses count or seems to count out of sequence."
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"It is challenging and good for small target areas, such as inner and outer thighs, obliques, and that spot where your butt meets the back of your thighs."
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"Be warned- you'll feel a different kind of pain while doing this than with most other workouts because it targets small muscle groups in problem areas."
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"Calories in calories out awareness paired with faithful Ballet Beautiful workouts took me from a size 10 to a ballerina toned size 2 -- keeping that 4-5x wk workout schedule."
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"Mary Helen's exercises have a small portion made specifically for abs -- which is excellent!"
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"I was able to watch it on my iPad and complete it in a very small area."
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"It is amazing how small motions can make your muscles burn so much and also make such a big different in your strength and toning."
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"I have several of hers and mixing and matching the workouts on both makes it so much easier to sneak in a workout with small children at home!"
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Speed

Speed:
"Try Sleek Technique if you want something more fast paced, challenging, fun, makes you sweat, yet still stays stays true to the ballet-style workout."
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"You'll get result fast but I found it hard to maintain the correct posture during the exercise which resulted in back neck and shoulder pain."
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"There is a lot of repetition, which is good if like me, you are looking for results fast, but not so fun if you are looking for more action or entertainment."
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"You could very much injure yourself if you attempt to keep up with her speed and you are not already a conditioned dancer."
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"Like many people I have stuggled with my weight for a long time and have done countless silly diets that didn't work, felt depressed, snapped and ate a whole bunch of food and gained five pounds the next day...yes, you get the picture....I started to get into yoga a few months ago because I admired how slim and sleek the yogis looked like and I wanted to be like them so I began to do yoga...only to find out that it was just too tough for me and I was not seeing results fast or ever ( plus, to be honest, I completely HATE push ups, whether they are called changuranga( how on earth do you spell that?"
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"The other issue I have is the transitions are too slow between the segments if you do it all the way through which is slightly annoying."
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"Try Sleek Technique if you want something more fast paced, challenging, fun, makes you sweat, yet still stays stays true to the ballet-style workout."
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"Great workout and I saw results so fast!"
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"The workouts are also perfectly timed so that an hour of workout goes by so fast I don't even notice it!"
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"I am a big BB fan, I love her workouts and since I tend to bulk up very fast doing regular exercise, this was god send!"
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"The videos are kind of slow to start and Helen Bowers is so beautiful and such a great trainer which makes it hard to hate her when she is working you to death (I feel that way more with the Body Blast dvd).To sum it, two essential BB dvds it's this one and Body Blast."
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Tone

Tone:
"Challenging workout that tones you very quickly and improves flexibility."
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"She is going to be sitting there all lovely still talking to you in a conversational tone when you are not able to breathe."
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"And it really DOES strengthen and tone withOUT bulking you up - love it."
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";-)Every section fatigued the muscle group that we were working on, and my calves also screamed at me in a few sections, so I dare say it's a decent set of exercises to tone."
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"Her tone is always incredibly pleasant."
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"I'm one of those people who get really bored working out and do to my uncordination I can't take classes without completely embarrassing myself, so i ordered this and her sculpt, this specific video I ABSOLUTELY love, i watched it for probably a month, but the leg exercise is something I've never seen before and easy to memorize, i can't say I've ever been to the gym and haven't done at least the leg, i ran a marathon and now i hate doing cardio, so i try to stick to stretch type workouts which is perfect i really do love how this has helped tone me"
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"Great way to tone up the bod."
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"Her demeanor and tone are both beautiful and relaxing."
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Video

Video:
"The video is broken up into segments so you can choose which areas to target and what order you want to do the exercises."
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"This video is a challenge and worth the effort it takes to master it."
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"Was very disappointed in this video."
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"Full disclosure: I don't do it as a profession, but I have been taking ballet classes an average of 4-5 times per week for 20 years, and I practice yoga and Pilates with about the same frequency (though since much more recent times).Unfortunately, this video shows one pinky toenail of the vast body of floor barre exercises, or of just of the simple strengthening stretching exercises that even dedicated dance commoners like myself have in their repetoire."
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"What I love most about this video, is the fact it is broken up into sections in case I wanted to skip around (outer thigh, inner thigh, abs..)."
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"Challenging video...very good."
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"If you are used to exercising or your body is fairly conditioned, then this will be a good video for you."
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"I will definately be buying more ballet beautiful videos soon."
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"Even her super short videos BURN my muscles, so please check them out!"
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"My advice for everyone is this: Keep the rotations random and fun, don't just stay stuck doing the same DVDs over and over again, switch them around and 'shock' your metabolism by doing different workouts, as well as trying her other videos on her website."
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"Great video for floor exercises."
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Voice

Voice:
"Her voice is a little annoying but I got what I wanted out of it."
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"annoying voice and faces by the women little girl in the video but a great workout.... a little grating but doable"
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"There is also an option to play just the background music without her voice, which is nice once you get familiar with the workout."
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"She does not have an annoying voice nice and calm."
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"The music is beautiful and her voice is relaxing."
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"Mary Helen has a very calm voice so she's encouraging you while not being annoying (the main reason I don't ever use my zumba."
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"I love this video because you can do the exercises anywhere, they really work, and the lady instructing you is great and her voice is nice not annoying."
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"I have to say Im completely hooked:) I like Mary helen's voice, its just co calming that makes me enjoy and concerntrating on the workouts."
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Weight

Weight:
"If you have a lot of extra weight on your legs, I feel for you because they are going to feel like dead weight during these reps."
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"I don't think it'd be very effective if you're looking to lose weight per se, but it is definitely fantastic for toning and tightening your muscles."
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"As someone who spent years relying on excessive cardio or unhealthy crash-dieting to lose weight, I was starting to despair at ever finding a sense of balance with my body and body image."
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"I was so upset when I started gaining weight (roughly around 5 lbs) and I was getting hungry!"
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"After seeing one of my friends lose a lot of weight and look amazing, I felt quite jealous and I told myself that either I do something about my weight or I stop complaining."
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"I also love that I can just do them for free (all you need is a mat and for some weights) on my own time and that each video can be broken down into 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour workouts depending on how much time you have."
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"I wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers, as well as legwarmers and lightweight sweaters."
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"I gave up working out for a few months due to many circumstances but when I got back to it I wanted to use the best strategy to loose weight in my butt and legs."
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"it is great, using your own body and no weights, bands or tubes."
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"Great body weight full body workout - really targets all those butt muscles that are so important for leg stability and balance - not to mention the great looking booty you'll get if you keep doing this workout! "
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"Her workouts are SO much better than the gym, treadmill, weights...the perfect workout if you are like me, and would just rather stay home and do an amazing workout in your living room :) All her workouts are soothing and calm, with the classical piano in the background."
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