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110 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Personally I really like the New York City ballet workout, it's full of wonderful exercises that really do have go results if you stick to it. However the NYC workout 2 is far better than the first disc. On the first disc the commentary is sloppy and terms aren't explained where as the second disc has a video glossary of terms and the commentary keeps up with the dancers (whereas the first one was always 5 seconds early or late which got very confusing.)
My recommendation is to save money and just buy the second dvd - they have corrected all the faults of the first version and it's far superior because of it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2010
I personally found Vol 2 better - as other reviewers have mentioned, it's better thought-out & explained.

On the negative side: it's not always easy to follow, especially if you've never done ballet before, or are physically unco-ordinated! Prepare for some amusingly ungraceful falling around while you get used to it! It's also perhaps not for people who like more traditional aerobics-style workouts since the moves are very precise and repetitive.

Having said that, the dancers' bodies are amazing: inspiring enough in themselves for you to put that doughnut down immediately! Peter Martin's voice is like melted dark chocolate, and I have to say, the workout does indeed work if you stick with it; after just two weeks I had noticeably more toned abs, thighs & arms.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2009
This is a good video if you already know how to dance, if not it's really complicated and even the warm ups assume a knowledge of classical ballet. I bought it to practice as I've just taken up ballet again after a 20 year gap and at first found it quite hard to follow but as I got more familiar with the dance steps it became easier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2010
The exercises are sufficiently challenging physically but familiar to the work done in my actual ballet class.
As a ballet newcomer, I've found the terminology and pace of the exercises appropriate - I'm not as out of my depth as I thought I'd be.
I've found that with practice it's becoming more and more useful as you're able to select chapters to concentrate on the exercises you feel are needed rather than being lead through the workout - you can adapt it to your own needs. This is enhanced on the second disc as you can preselect your chapters and not have to worry about flicking around on the remote to find what you're after.
The reviews I read for this were really helpful, and I've got to admit, they were very accurate. It's well worth the money.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2009
This is certainly the classiest of all the ballet workouts out there - not everything is difficult and will suit beginners to ballet. And for those who have already studied, it matches the classes we all remember, using the same steps.

The dancers are absolutely beautiful and an inspiration during the workout! It is filmed artistically - sometimes footwork is missing from the shot at crucial times but this by no means detracts from the professionalism of the DVD.

And, of course, the biggest thing is that there is no cheesy, distracting music as found on almost every other DVD of this kind. You can choose Classical or Contemporary and it is, mostly, beautifully played (excepting some rather insensitive interpretations of 18th century works).

I also love Darcey Bussell's "Pilates for Life" - all of the same attributes and I use it regularly.

Buy this - it's worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
I usually find it very difficult to get motivated to do a workout at home. But with this DVD, I actually look forward to my workout. It is a relatively low impact workout, but works all your muscles. The background music is quiet classical music which, in my opinion, is so much better than the usual techno workout music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2015
I bought this after trying out the first disc and having read several glowing reviews regarding disc 2 (many also claiming it superior to disc 1, which I loved, so it seemed like it couldn't get much better)

Now, I love disc 1. I was nervous about trying it but I found that it was soothing and fun as well as encouraging. For a full month I used it and saw great improvements in legs and arms. This will be the disc I continue to use because as my title claims, I am the cheese that stands alone, because I did not love disc 2. I have never been discouraged from a Warm Up before but somehow this program did it. It lacked the engaging grace of the first one and was far too fast paced for me. It left me feeling like I never want to use that disc again. I probably will, somewhere down the line, but for now I would caution other hesitant buyers not to get over-excited about that second disc, it is not vastly better than the first. It does have a glossary, which is nice, and combination movements, also nice, but on the whole I prefer disc 1 and my grade four star grade is for disc 1 only.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I have just finished working my way through Volume 1 and I have really enjoyed the whole thing. I recovered from M.E. (or CFS) last Christmas so I have built up fairly slowly. It is now middle of February and I have been doing 30 mins per day ever since I got the dvd as a Christmas present. I have always been quite supple, but after three years of M.E. I didn't expect I would be able to manage so many of these exercises. There have been only two that were beyond me.

I now feel much stronger than before and my posture has definitely improved. As I am tall I have always tended to stoop. I'm really pleased that I don't mind feeling tall anymore, as I now feel elegant instead.

I love all the music that goes with the exercises, particularly where there is a sitar along with the orchestra. It is true that there are a few glitches in Volume 1, where the commentary doesn't match up to the moves the dancers are doing. I look forward to moving on to Volume 2, which is apparently better.

Good luck if you try this. I definitely recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2009
Fantastic workout, worm up really enjoyable but reaches the muscles that other workouts don't. Great to move to some classical music, creates feeling of dancing on stage in own living room. Exercises simply enough for a novice to follow but demanding enough to not be boring. Enjoy the fact it is not overtly gender specific, both men and women demonstrate the exercises and the instructions are very clear. Overall a fantastic DVD for anyone who enjoys moving but does not want to bounce up and down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
I bought the New York City Ballet workout because I wanted to improve my fitness and core strength and couldn't find an adult ballet class in my area. I agree with other reviewers that Vol 2 is much better than Vol 1 - I started to watch Vol 1 and gave up after 15 mins and went straight onto Vol 2. I've done this workout several times and, whilst some of the moves are a bit confusing at first, you soon find your way around them and I don't think that you need any formal ballet training to do this workout. Everything is fully explained and the ballet dancers are just beautiful to watch. I've only done the workout with the classical soundtrack which is lovely, unfortunately I can't comment on the contemporary track as I haven't used it. I would highly recommend this workout to anyone who has an interest in ballet or is looking for a workout that is a little more refined and doesn't involve leaping about and sweating buckets!
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