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Ballet Fitness is a unique fusion of ballet and fitness programs created by ballerina and professional choreographer, Nicky McGinty.
These six routines are themed around the major ballet s and have been designed to target and firm specific body parts as well as give you an overall cardiovascular workout. In addition, Ballet will help you locate and strengthen your core muscles and flatten your tummy.
These sequences consist of barre work, floor work and some great dance routines. Practicing these routines will help you build a long, lean strong ballet body and help you lose weight.
Nicky McGinty has been a dancer, choreographer, circus performer and teacher over the past 17 years. She resides in London and teaches both dance and yoga.
Ballet Fitness with Nicky McGinty
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Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Aerobics Impact: Lower
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
Aerobics Choreography: Basic
Basic: The easiest to follow. It ranges from simple walking-style marches to sports and athletic movements.
Complex: More intricate combinations and patterns. They're ideal for people who like to dance.
Moderate: More interesting than Basic, less dancy than Complex.
Toning Emphasis: Total Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Runtime: 68 min.
A flowing workout that blends beautiful music with elegant ballet, Pilates and yoga routines. Nicky maximizes results — while also improving flexibility — by combining super-controlled movements with deep stretches. Each segment uses different exercises and different music. Some examples: The "Swan Lake" section features standing ballet moves done to classical music. "Firebird" is Pilates-based floorwork with a modern jazz soundtrack. "Nutcracker" combines lower-body toning with a contemporary version of the Nutcracker Suite. The final section, "Sleeping Beauty," is a gentle series of breath-focused stretches. Nicky's cuing is calm, clear and very detailed. ©2012.