Lotte Berk Method: Muscle Eats Fat
A very well-produced, very well-cued program. It works your upper body with dumbbells, your lower body with a mix of standing and floor exercises. The workout features the techniques developed by Russian dancer Lotte Berk in the 1940s (and later taught in her London and Manhattan studios). Each controlled movement has an exact point-of-origin along with an associated stretch (your workout is not complete without the stretch).
After an extended warm-up, you'll shape your arms and back with precise dumbbell routines (e.g. small pulses). The lower-body segment includes both standing pli̩s and unique knee dancing exercises (fluid, rolling pelvic movements while you're kneeling). One instructor always shows easier modifications. Requires 2 to 5 lb. dumbbells. They use a free standing ballet barre but a solid, heavy high-back chair would also work for the pli̩ exercises. ©2002.