Monday, October 15, 2012

Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout

Mary Helen Bowers, Natalie Portman’s trainer for her Academy Award-winning role in Black Swan and former New York City Ballet dancer, is sharing her ballet-inspired exercises through the Lionsgate Home Entertainment release of Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.

This overall routine will help sculpt sleek and strong legs, arms, butt, abs and upper body to get a tight, toned and elegant physique. Workouts include Bridge Series, Abs, Inner Thigh, Outer Thigh, Arms and Standing that focus on trouble areas while increasing flexibility and improving posture. This targeted mat work will help create a graceful dancer’s body in no time! In addition to the six complete exercises, the Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout DVD includes custom workout and music-only options and will be available on September 4 for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

  • Bridge Series: A challenging series of bridge exercises that sculpt and tone the muscles on the inside and back of the legs, butt, inner thighs, hips and abs
  • Abs: A targeted abdominal workout that strengthens your center of balance and sculpts a lean waist 
  • Inner Thigh: Focused exercises that strengthen and tone the inner thighs, key to sculpting a ballerina's long, powerful legs 
  • Outer Thigh: A challenging workout for the outside of the hip and thigh. These exercises tighten and tone the outside of the hip, lengthening the line of the legs 
  • Arms: Upper body and arm exercises that quickly sculpt and tone your arms, shoulders and back and improve posture without any weights or equipment 
  • Standing: Dance inspired standing exercises with cardio elements
Ballet Beautiful founder Mary Helen Bowers is an accomplished ballerina and visionary fitness expert, a leader in the global trend of ballet-inspired fitness. Her signature Ballet Beautiful Method uses customized, low-impact cardio and toning exercises to sculpt a strong, graceful physique and beautiful posture. She has been sought out by A-list actresses, celebrities and supermodels around the world including Kirsten Dunst, Helena Christensen, Liv Tyler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jaime King and Zooey Deschanel. She opened her first studio in New York City’s Soho neighborhood in May of 2011. Mary Helen’s new book, Ballet Beautiful, just launched in June of 2012. In addition, she has a global online training program and has sold thousands of videos in over 50 countries worldwide.

With the season premiere of TV shows like Bunheads, ballet is back in the forefront of athletic abilities, and personal fitness routines.  Add this one to your workout routine, and you'll be sure to feel the burn the moment it starts. My daughter, who's only six, just recently started taking ballet classes, and loves to watch me, and "workout" with me. It's easy to follow along with, and works muscles I haven't seen or felt in a really long time. You can purchase this title from Amazon, Walmart, or anywhere that DVD's are sold. I love the fact that it's available On-Demand, and Digital Download.

Special thanks to the PR company representing Ballet Beautiful for allowing us to review this title.



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