Longing for a lean dancer’s body with strong, beautiful legs?
Here are my favorite workouts that incorporate ballet techniques.
Starring Stephanie Herman
This is my absolute favorite ballet workout. I have it on VHS. I hope my tape never wears out.
Stephanie Herman has a very pleasant style and gives clear instructions. I have her whole line of dance-inspired workouts.
For more on Stephanie Herman, visit her Web site. You can explore her other workouts or take an in-person class.
NYC Ballet Workout:
Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body (Paperback)
I prefer the book over the DVD because I like to work at my own pace.
I like the way they teach you to build your own workouts to suit your needs and to prepare you for other activities, such as tennis or golf.
Starring Melissa Lowe
This is the first ballet workout I ever bought. It’s from the late 1980s as you can tell by the costumes.
Even though the makeup and clothes are a little outdated, the workout remains timeless. I love workouts that are full-on classic ballet, not just inspired by ballet moves.
Hot Bod Fusion:
The Ultimate Yoga, Pilates, and Ballet Workout for Sculpting Your Best Body (Paperback)
This book has sections on ballet, yoga and pilates techniques.
You can mix and match, so you don’t get bored with one workout. It doesn’t hurt that the models are gorgeous.
Balocity: Cardio with a Classic Twist
Starring Deanne McBrearty
This is my most recent purchase. I haven’t tried it yet. But I have watched it all the way through and I can tell I’m going to love it.
Deanna McBreary was featured in the NYC ballet workout book.
Visit her Web site for more information.
Ballet Class: For Beginners
This is not designed as a workout. This is an actual beginner’s ballet class led by ballet master David Howard.
Such a treasure.
What are your favorite workouts?