The New York City Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches and Exercises Anyone Can Do Hardcover – 1 Jan 1997
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms perfect posture, flexibility you never thought possible--and the grace and poise of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this the most beautiful and easy-to-use exercise book ever created. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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Easy to understand, easy to use and easy to do. It will help your overall condition, and the looks of your body, but not immediately: perseverance will do the trick. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Aryanire
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This is a book that tries to be too many things to too many people: coffee-table art book, promotional brochure for the New York City Ballet, and accessible workout for... Read morePublished on 22 July 2004
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. Read morePublished on 24 May 2003
This is like a few American popular instructional texts I've met: about half is usefully devoted to the subject, the rest, waffle. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2001