I love getting to try the different workout DVDs that come my way from Leslie @411video. Sometimes, you luck into one that really works for you and helps with some of your health issues.
Now believe me, I will never be a ballerina or be able to do the workouts like Rachel Speck, but this is a DVD that works for me and can help keep me strong.
I love the Attitude Series, but the ABS and the Band Kick Back Series workouts are the ones I focus on most for my lower back.
I have had a hip replacement and am not as young as Rachel, so I have to modify some of the exercise to suit me. Like the jumping jacks, I can't do those so I do my own rendition of jumping jacks. I feel even if I am not doing it Rachel's way, at least I am doing it.
Professional Ballerina turned fitness professional, Rachel Speck, has combined her two loves and created "Tendu Toning" DVD (60 minutes, $25, www.speckfitness.com) is a total body workout that fuses traditional ballet techniques and positions and combines them with weights, resistance, and increased repetitions to maximize results in a short amount of time. Tendu, means to stretch or extend the leg, and in Speck's program, when Tendu meets with toning a heart pumping, calorie burning workout is born.
Arabesque grande-battlements and second position pie' glides are just some of the fun ballet fitness moves viewers will perform with "Tendu Toning"/ A simple ballet step called an attitude, when combined with weights and repetitions, is one form of how the Tendu Toning method works to gain long, lean muscles while releasing the "inner ballerina". Rachel guides viewers through a total body workout with the help from Daniella, who does the advanced, portion, while Ally demonstrates modifications for beginners. The DVD is divided into sections, or various series, that include a warm-up of all muscles and body parts as Rachel stresses the importance of proper breathing while raising the heart rate. A barre or chair are required for the workout along with a small ball and resistance band. Ankle weights and small hand weights are optional. First up, after the warm up is the Squat series that works the legs, glutes and hips. Then, the Attitude series works the glutes, hamstrings and back. The 2nd Positions series requires a small glide disc. A paper plate or power towel can be substituted depending on the surface. The 2nd Position section incorporates squats, leg stretches and arms. The Band Kick Back series uses the resistance band to work the legs and back, while the Lunge series continues with the glide, and incorporates hand and ankle weights on the barre. The program continues with floor work for Arms and Abs, and ends with stretches and cool down.
About Rachel Speck
In addition to the DVD and her Speck Fitness personal training company, Rachel hosts teacher certification classes for Tendu Toning. Rachel, who was born in PA, started dancing ballet at age 3 at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, one of the top 5 ballet schools in the world. At age 12, The Miami City Ballet offered her a full scholarship to study with the company which she accepted and continued to go every summer until she turned 15 and move to Miami permanently to dache professionally. At age 20, she retired from dancing, but continued to work out with ballet to stay in shape. She got her personal training certification as well as group fitness and Pilates certification from The American Sports and Fitness Association. She worked at Crunch until she started her company bringing the best of both ballet and fitness to create the Tendu Toning method. Rachel does private ballet lessons. Rachel currently resides in Miami Beach, FL. For more information on Rachel Speck, Tendu Toning DVD, along with Speck Fitness clothing, glide balls and resistance bands, go to her website www.speckfitness.com
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