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.
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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