Pure Barre Pershing Square 2Carrie Rezabek
Year Released: 2009
Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Ballet/Barre
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This newest installment from Pure Barre is approximately 45 minutes long. After the warm-up, Carrie takes you through 3 thigh toning segments (plie with ball squeeze, plie without ball, and leg extensions), followed by targeted glute toning (one set each standing and on the mat), and approximately 3 sets of ab work (one static hold, one more Pilates-inspired, and hip raises).
The use of the ball really ups the intensity and sets this workout apart from others in the genre, particularly in the floor glute work and the first set of ab toning.
It was difficult for me to tell how it compared overall to the original Pure Barre (my first time with this workout was coming off a sinus infection, and not having worked out for a week). My general impression was that the thigh work was easier than the oirginal (I could have done without the leg extensions and would have preferred an extra plie set instead), but the glute work (especially the part with the ball) was tougher.
Because this DVD is so well-chaptered, it makes for a great add-on in addition to a great stand-alone workout.
Carrie is a fantastic instructor. She gives good form pointers at the outset, and reminders as you go along and your form starts to sag as your muscles start to quake. The production values are flawless with movements crystal clear (unlike the original), so its very easy to follow.