Pristine Beauty

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Belly up to the Barre!!!

FINALLY! I have found a workout that not only brings me back to my memories as a dancer but also KICKS MY BUTT! My addiction....The Bar Method. It is a series of exercises that utilizes major and minor muscles, puts no strain on the joints and creates long lean enviable lines of a dancers physique.
I am a thin person and relatively young but I have noticed that through the last 4 years of undergoing cancer treatment and the medication putting me in temporary early menopause that my body was becoming soft and mushy. I was still fitting into my bathing suit and I looked good in my jeans but underneath when the jeans and the cover-up was off I frankly didn't look and feel as strong as I felt mentally. I spoke to my husband at length about what I could do to tighten up. The gym was out because of time and we have no help with my 4 year old and my husband gets home too late from work. I am not a least not on my own in 100 degree weather but I wanted desperately to get it together. I did some research on successful DVDs and I started with Element: Ballet Conditioning with Elisse Gulan which I LOVE and integrated into my week of working out. For my cardio I use SHAPES 20 Minute Makeover also with Elisse Gulan (she is a fabulous motivator, yet the DVD I cannot do without everyday is The Bar Method. You do not need a ballet bar for this workout but if you have a portable one that is awesome. I use a sturdy chair and it works just the same. The cellulite will disapate, you will tone up and you will FEEL so good and energized!
I have been going hardcore on my workouts for the past month and will continue...The greatest thing for me is that I WANT to workout. I feel so good when my muscles burn so bad it hurts (only for a few minutes). You see, when you work your muscles to fatigue then there is maximum calorie burn and you are building lean muscle....not bulking up.
Mind Body Spirit...I have come so far changing my mind, building my spirit and now my body will be on point!!!!!!!!!! These changes are HEALTHY and that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!


  • Wow, this sounds AWESOME! I will keep that in mind as I get older. I am a hip hop dancer, but I am taking ballet just so I can learn technique and be more conscious of my body (ballet instructors are better teachers when it comes to keeping you on your toes with knowing what your body is doing compared to hip hop or yoga or whatever instructors). Anyway, let me say, I have never felt my BOOTY get such a workout! Not to mention it looks so graceful. Ow, and my calves!!

    I suppose ballet will now always be a part of my life. :)

    By Blogger Udoka Omenukor, At October 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

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