I’ve owned a few workout videos/DVDs in the past and found that I got bored of them pretty quickly. After going through them a couple of times I lose interest and they end up gathering dust on my shelves and that’s actually what happened with this New York City Ballet Workout too, but I’ve recently pulled it out again and reminded myself why I bought it in the first place.
New York City Ballet – The Complete Workout Vol.1 And 2 [DVD] 
Unlike other workouts I’ve bought, I actually had a real interest in learning something from this one. A couple of years ago I attended a local beginners’ ballet class and loved everything I learnt, plus my increased strength, stamina and flexibility, but then the class stopped running and I was a little devastated so that’s where this DVD came in. It’s a set of two DVD workouts, both based on actual ballet classes in terms of structure. There are warm-ups, stretches, barre exercises, core strength exercises and a cool down section too, and I feel that doing this DVD regularly would be as beneficial as doing an actual ballet class. The only thing that is lacking is an instructor who can actually see what you’re doing to correct your mistakes (sometimes quite important with ballet technique!).
It’s exactly what I’d been looking for – a DVD version of a beginner/intermediate ballet class. It even has a nice classical soundtrack, which is what I was hoping for, although you can choose to do the same workout to a contemporary soundtrack if you prefer. Personally I much prefer Volume 2. Volume 1 contains a lot of the basics for true beginners, but because I’m already familiar with these I will probably only ever do the second DVD going forward, and it’s this second DVD that I can most recommend – New York City Ballet Workout 2 [DVD]
In terms of the workout value, ballet is good for toning muscles, developing core strength and also aiding flexibility and I could really do with developing all of these things again! It’s not a fast-paced cardio workout by any means, but a great DVD for doing in your front room, and I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into it again!
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5 thoughts on “New York City Ballet Workout DVD”
I’ve been dancing my entire life and I love workout DVDs. I’ve been back and forth about whether I would like this dvd workout because I wasn’t sure if I would love it or feel like I could put something better together myself. Then I remember that I never motivate myself to do some ballet on my own anyway!
These look really good, I was actually looking at Ballet DVD’s a few weeks ago but I didn’t get one because I didn’t know if they were any good or not. I’ve recently got into yoga, so I feel like I would enjoy Ballet too x
This sounds like a great workout, as ballet dancers are usually in great shape. I haven’t done ballet since I was about 5 though haha.
I love the idea of ballet as a workout – in fact several of the Victoria’s Secret Angels use ballet as their go to exercise. Will definitely be looking into these DVD’s… for the comfort of my own home as I am not exactly graceful! Thanks for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday – new linky live tomorrow! Sim x
I didn’t know that about the Angels – if it’s good enough for them, it’s definitely good enough for me! X