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Getting fit is really a matter of motivation, right? That’s why Ellen created EllenBarrettLive, a series of workouts shot in her actual studio space, with her real class regulars, and in one long take – all of which helps create authentic energy, intimacy and – the big M – Motivation!
Grace & Gusto, the second release in Ellen’s Live series, is an all-in-one barefoot workout that fuses Pilates and ballet basics.
It feels so good, you won’t realize how hard you worked until the day after!
The 45-minute workout starts with an easy dancer warm up that segues into 40-minutes of graceful cardio. The last 5-minutes of mat work flatten the belly and firm the upper arms.
If you’re looking for a modern way to workout – one that gives energy rather than zaps it – the search is over with EllenBarrettLive: Grace & Gusto
Ellen Barrett's Live Grace and Gusto
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: Lower 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.
Instructor: Ellen Barrett (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 46 min.
Street Date: 12/13/2011
Certified instructor description:
It blends the power and control of Pilates with the elegance and fluidity of ballet (plus yoga). Nothing is ever “rushed.” Instead, the moves are deliberate and graceful ... but deceptively challenging — it's designed to gently raise your heart rate as it lengthens and strengthens your muscles.
Ellen incorporates a diverse variety of techniques. They include wide-ranging athletic combinations, pulsed ballet routines, yoga-based progressions and standing Pilates exercises. As always, Ellen's smiling, “girl next door” attitude is friendly and inspiring (“you don't have to be a ballerina to feel like one”). ©2011.