Lotte Berk Method: Muscle Eats Fat (DISCONTINUED)
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.
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.
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.