Kari Anderson
Year Released: 2005

Categories: Total Body Workouts

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
There are beginner modifications offered, but not all the time and often well into the move. I would not have been able to do this tough of a workout for a while after I started working out.

Workout Time: 58 min (8 min Warm-up, 20 Min standing toning, 22 min floorwork, 8 min stretch)

Set: This was almost a deal-breaker for me. I am not the biggest fan of oranges, yellows, browns. It was a drab change of pace from the bright colors of YBB Live. The tanks they are wearing remind of the army brown t-shirts. (Future military wife and not terribly fond of seeing that color)

Cast: All in shape, I would guess most or all are former dancers.

Music: Upbeat with a definite beat to it. Didn't love it or hate it. The routine fits nicely with the music.

The workout is mainly ballet moves, but there are also pilates-inpired moves and a few yoga poses and some tradition moves. She teaches it slowly, then speeds it up, then flows it into the next move. I didn't have any trouble with the choreography.

Overall impressions: Collage lists this as intermediate/advanced. I think that is about right, though I really haven't tried any advanced workouts. I have been working out for about a year now and am in pretty good shape. I have no ballet training and am not at all graceful. It did make me feel like I was doing ballet, very long and sleek, I don't know....just made me feel strong and feminine. I really liked it. It was tough, my quads were begging for a break, but a good tough. Definitely want to add this to my "rotations". If you like the YBB Live ballet sections, you would most likely like this dvd.

Instructor Comments:
This was my first experience with Kari and I like her. She's very precise and business-like in her cuing. She's definitely no nonsense and gives really good form pointers.

Krista (benemma)