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Low Impact Cardio Strength with Ellen Barrett
|I am a huge Ellen fan from back in the Crunch days. I have been going through my DVD collection trying to clean out videos. I ran across this one that I had never even opened. Sadly, I wish I had left it unopened. This video is terrible. First, the all white set is horrible. Second, Ellen's attitude seems defeated and is not motivating and the workout is basic to me. Third, her tempo is slow and seems off. Fourth, clearly I did not view the video clip (or I would have known all of this) as I must have purchased this one sight unseen just because it was Ellen! Fifth, I did not like the music. Lastly, I am not even blood type B but that is more of a marketing gimmick to me as blood type IMO should not affect your workouts. The redeeming sections were I thought the toning segment was ok as is the standing stability ball segment (I used my medicine ball). - posted by Charlotte on 7/7/2013|
|Not a fave|
|I love Ellen's workouts-her workouts, not the ones she does for other "companies" I adore her Studio and Live series sooo much. I even liked her old Crunch workouts and the Prevention Belly Flat ones-not this! Boring, not herself, too long. uninspired routines.I got rid of it. I will always buy any new workout she produces herself-they are wonderful-moves music everything about them. - posted by TracyAZGal on 5/24/2013|
|I Love Ellen Barrett...but not this DVD|
|I have many of Ellen's DVDs and really love the workouts, this one not so much. The exercises are good but it is very repetitious and during the workout she keeps saying Type Bs need variety. It is really very BORING and not motivating at all. I found her cueing to be off in this workout as well and the workout seemed to drag on forever. I had misplaced this DVD when I got it and was so excited when I finally found it only to be disappointed again. - posted by Linda on 4/6/2013|
|Disclaimer - I love Ellen and am therefore disposed to enjoy her workouts. :) However, this was just too bland for me, from the set to the music to the super-repetitive movements. (I didn't make it to the stability ball section so can't review that.) Ellen is delightfully cheery as always. It's possible that with different music this would have been a more bearable workout, but as it is I'll always reach for a different Ellen. - posted by Claire on 3/4/2013|
|After reading the reviews, I wasn't expecting very much but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was harder than it looked when just watching the clip. I have all of Ellen Barrett's videos and was familiar with her moves. It was a little strange seeing her with shoes on! I didn't mind the white background but the music was not very good. I will definitely keep this video! - posted by Deanna on 1/8/2013|
|Simple comprehensive workout that is overly repetitive|
|Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this workout.
OK. I got this workout because I generally like Ellen Barrett's workouts and the clip showed a workout that I might enjoy. Just for total disclosure, my blood type is O, but since I don't really think blood types have anything to do with the workouts I do and enjoy, I didn't really care. It's an interesting marketing angle.
This workout includes several sections:
> There is the cardio section that is meant to work your muscles from various angles. To me, it seemed like a fancy walking workout or a very simple cardio workout. The moves are simple and easy and she repeats them multiple times. They are taught in add-on style, so you learn the moves as you go.
The general pattern of the workout is to do the moves on the right side and then do the moves on the left side and then do them on both sides. If you think that this sounds like the moves could get repetitive, yes, you can feel that way. On the other hand, she does mix up moves with variations that helped keep it from being a snoozefest. To enjoy this section, you need to like simple moves and not mind repeating them multiple times. I thought the moves were fun, for a walking type workout, and they were repeated too many times.
> The aero/tone segment is really a cardio segment with toning benefits as you hold weights while you do moves. She says to use "the sand weights" which I assume would be included with the kit this workout seems to have been intended to be a part of. I used 3-pound weights and felt that was plenty. This segment I enjoyed more than the previous cardio segment, but then I tend to like workouts that combine cardio and weights at the same time.
> The stability ball segment starts with standing moves with you holding the ball and doing moves with it. I used a medicine ball in this part of it. Then, it moves into moves ON the ball that focus on the core. Moves include planks (hands on the ground with your knees on the ball behind you) where you pull in your knees, crunches, and hip circles.
> A stretch at the end uses a band. As usual, she stresses that stretching is as important as the strength moves; they balance each other.
The set is white and you'll see a lot of discussion about it in reviews. I didn't like the set, but it didn't stop me from doing the workout. It had enough texture to it that it wasn't discombobulating like Charlene Prickett's old set was to me. The music was not great techno-beat music with vocals.
To me, the biggest disappointment about this DVD was the lack of chaptering with it. It offers four distinct sections, yet they do not give you any way to access the later segments unless you play or fast forward through the first cardio segment. Why do workout producers NOT use DVD technology, even basic functionality? It wouldn't have been that hard to give a submenu with access to those segments.
To me, this workout was meh. I liked it, at least, sections of it. I also thought it was overly repetitive in some parts. I have other workouts by Ellen that I like a whole lot more, so I can't see myself reaching for this one much. For people who want a basic workout with variety in the moves, this could be a good workout. - posted by Laura on 1/1/2013|
|Ellen Barrett is my favorite, but she has obviously had a very "moveable" career, from Crunch to "The Studio" to just "Ellen" etc. That's fine, but she took a wrong move here! Others have commented on the blood-type angle, which is unnecessary for an instructor of her caliber to bother with. The all-white background is terrible; Ellen usually has lovely sets. Worst of all: she seems to have "whited out" her workout partners, too! And they have been an integral part of her sessions. Well, everyone's entitled to a couple dead ends. Maybe she just needs better advice. She still looks great! - posted by Rebecca on 12/27/2012|
|Typical Ellen Workout!|
|I really like Ellen Barrett as an instructor. She is informative and pleasant without being annoying. I personally do not know the reason for this to be called a Type B workout. It seemed to be like her other workouts that I have done over the years and I have no idea what my blood type is! The white background didn't bother me, but the music was awful. I thought it was very annoying. The routine itself was good. - posted by Marsha on 12/27/2012|
|My favorite of Ellen's workouts!|
|This gave me a good heart pumping workout without alot of jumping and seems more aerobic than the studio workouts of Ellens. It's a nice addition. I also liked the ab/stability ball work. - posted by Karla on 12/10/2012|
|type b workout really good|
|I like this workout when I don't want a real hectic workout. It's fun, low impact and you still get a great workout, even if your not a type b. - posted by terry on 12/3/2012|
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