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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st Quill Ed edition (8 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688152023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688152024
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Want to add a little grace and dignity--not to mention strength and flexibility--to your workout? Pick up a copy of The New York City Ballet Workout (William Morrow,1997). With exquisite black and white photos by Richard Corman and Paul Kolnik, the book illustrates the stretches and workout routines used by dancers of theworld-renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB). "This is a full-body conditioning workout, " says Melinda Roy, a former principal dancers with the NYCB and co-creator of thebook. "It will help you strengthen and lengthen your muscles, and improve your posture."--Fitness, December 1996 "The body is our instrument. One thing to remember is that we all have the same instrument, whether some of us have shaped it into the body of dancer or not...When I began to develop a workout based on the principles of New York City Ballet, I kept thinking of Michelangelo's unfinished sculptures that are part stone, part dancer. You want to be a sculptor of your muscles in order to achieve maximum muscle tone."--Peter Martins, from the Foreword

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Peter Martins was born in Denmark and began his association with the New York City Ballet thirty years ago. George Balanchine appointed him a ballet master in 1981 and since 1990 he has been ballet master in chief. Acclaimed as a dancer and choreographer, he lives in New York City with his wife, Darci Kistler, and their daughter, Talicia.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 2003
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For years, I have tried countless workouts that promise to help you achieve the body that you want, but every time I soon get despondent and give up, because they just do not deliver what they promise.
A couple of years ago I started doing yoga, which has given me great flexibility and suppleness, but still I was after something that would really TONE, and give me long sculpted muscles without bulk. So when I came across the New York City Ballet Workout I thought I would give it a try.
I have to say I am just so impressed with this book!! Firstly, the design and photographs are both beautiful and inspiring, and the layout and instructions make it so easy to use! But that is all second to the effects that it has on your body!!

I started to notice a change within the first two days of doing the workout particularly in my legs, and after only a week my legs appeared slimmer, more toned and leaner, I was getting muscle definition WITHOUT bulk, which is something that has always been a problem for me. I could definitely notice a difference in my stomach also (flatter and more toned) and my waistline (more sculpted and curved)! and this is without any changes to my diet whatsoever.
The amazing thing about this workout is that it is easy to understand exactly how to perform the exercises, it doesn't take ages to do, and you can really feel it working muscles that you had no idea were there! It feels really natural! Almost like this is the way that your body is SUPPOSED to be, and you are simply reawakening what is already there, naturally and gracefully.
I have become rather sceptical about 'miracle exercises' that promise a fantastic body but the New York City Ballet really seems to know its stuff.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2002
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I've spent a few years running and recently my knees started to give me trouble. I'm an active person at heart and wanted to find some way of exercising. This book has re-introduced me to my childhood love of ballet and has given my firmer thighs and buttocks in 6 months than running did in 3 years!!! And I wanted a body that was lithe and strong not bulky. Doing this workout has given me exactly that.
I'd recommend this to anyone. If you do the stretches and exercises, pushing yourself a little further each time you do them, you will work up a sweat. It can be as gentle or strenuous as you want it to be. The DVD is a great companion to the book, with a few extra stretches and moves.
Excellent!!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2006
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My only experience of dance of any kind is modern dancing classes in Grade 1 and 2, so I was slightly hesitant about ordering this book. The worries were unnecessary, as the exercises contained in this book are suitable for everyone, even those with no experience of ballet whatsoever. I was actually quite impressed that the NYC ballet managed to compile so many exercises that ordinary people could do. There are typical ballet exercises, of course, like plies and tendus, and it takes a little time to keep your balance, but after a couple of weeks I found myself doing the whole routine without the aid of a wall or chair. The exercises themselves are not excessively difficult (if you can't raise you leg chest high, just raise it knee or waist high, you will still see a wonderful effect) and the book includes step by step illustrations which are fantastic. And there are LOADS of exercises, so you'll never be bored, and you can mix and match as much as you like, depending on how much time you have or how energetic you're feeling. You'll also find a wealth of really wonderful stretches that will benefit you no matter which sport discipline you are involved in. I didn't see much improvement in my upper body after using this book for a few weeks, but I did see a considerable difference in the shape of my legs and behind, I was so impressed that the "droopy effect" had disappeared after about a month of using this book regularly :)

Don't be discouraged if it takes really long to do all the exercises in the book the first few times - it took me over an hour to do a sequence of exercises which were suggested as a 30 minute workout!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2003
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As a personal trainer, I have seen a number of workout formats, but this was something special. It is, and will do, exactly what it says i.e. improve strength, posture and flexibility. Don't expect to finish the workout dripping with sweat and gasping for breath - you'll need an aerobics tape for that (so if you've got weight to lose, use this in conjunction with a C/V programme). The gap between each exercise set gives an adequate period of rest, and the whole workout is well balanced. The only slight criticisms are that it can be difficult to actually see what's happening when you are doing the floor barres, and in some places the commentary is out of sync with the dancers.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 16 July 2002
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I bought this book after trying the New York City Ballet Workout on DVD, which I love and do every other day either on its own or with another program. The photography in this book is inspirational and lovely. Yes they do take up a lot of space but so does the exercise programme so don't be put off. This book does not have exactly the same exercises as you'll find on the video and DVD but you'll find they compliment each other very well. Every stage is detailed in a way even an impatient person like me can grasp and understand :)
When I started doing the New York City Ballet Workout, I had a badly injured back and had a lot of balance/stability problems and chronic pain. Since I started, I have experienced a huge improvement [even my Chiropractor was surprised!] with my back and I *love* the effect this programme has on the rest of my body - especially my stomach and thighs. I feel graceful, taller, leaner and stronger thanks to Peter Martins and the NYC Ballet Co.
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