I’ve been on a quest to find some different work outs, to change up my routine. I have been sticking with Youtube, as there is a lot out there that is already free and I’m not spending a ton of money on top of my gym membership. I saw this video last week, and bookmarked it right away!
This is Cardio Ballet, so it uses movements from ballet in order to keep you in the fat burning zone. From what I know of Barre, there is more pilates in it; this appears to be at least slightly different. I do love my cardio 🙂
Overall, this was a tough workout! I was sweating, and I rarely sweat (if ever). The movements are not overly complicated, but the repetition was not overwhelming, either. As someone who danced for two decades, and now has taken 3 years away, it worked those muscles that I certainly know and remember but haven’t been used in years. I found it a little hard on my quads given how much I run, but that’s going to happen with most cardio workouts. I also found that the repetitions while not boring, are a little long- especially for those who haven’t worked those muscles. Instead of 48 reps, perhaps 24 or 36 at most.
I would have liked to see some sort of warm up! There was a slight cool down, only about a minute. I think 2 minutes on each would make a big difference, especially for people with no ballet/dance experience. I very much appreciate that the workout was probably 29/30 minutes- typically half hour work out videos are 24-25 minutes with all of the chatter at the beginning and the plugs at the end. If you did your own quick warm up and cool down, you would be looking at about 35 minutes!
Overall, I would certainly recommend this work out if you are interested in ballet at all. It doesn’t require any technique, but it works the same muscles and really gets you moving. It isn’t ridiculously long, and you feel worked by the end. 5/5!
What work out videos do you use??