Ballet Fitness by Jennee (Ballet Blast)Jennee McCormich
Year Released: 2012
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Jennee leads the workout with 2 background exercisers in an open studio with large windows. After an adequate (albeit unmemorable as of this review), Jennee brings on the plies. Lots of plies with arms extended at shoulder height (whew!) A lot of repetition here (about 15 mins of plies.) Next up is the cardio segment, featuring traditional ballet moves including bat mas, tendue, passe, etc. Further into the segment things advamce more to a cardio-level, with the inclusion of jumps and "ballet burpees." This is a pretty fast-paced workout for ballet. The sculpting is up next, using 2 lb weights. Most of the moves are performed quickly through a large range of motion so 2 lbs is appropriate. However, for the dumbbell swings (which Jennee calls kettlebell swings) and "ballet deadlifts" a bit heavier would be more effective. The abs segment is last before the cooldown and is performed on the floor holding the dumbbells. Some of the exercises are in high c-curve with arm movement (bicep curls, chest press, etc.) and some are on the floor with head and shoulders elevated with more arms and leg movements. I did have to modify this segment by resting my head on the floor or dropping the dumbbells to cradle my head.
I have never done the cooldown.
Jennee is likable as an instructor but very no-nonsense and business-like. No chatter, just the workout.
This ballet-style workout begins with a short (but fun) warmup followed by plies -- lots and lots of plies! You are holding your arms out by your side the entire time; this may not seem like much, but after 15 minutes, my arms were burning! Next is cardio, basically ballet kicks and ballet “burpees” which are done by going to the floor with wide legs then kicking them straight, then moving back to wide legs and returning to standing with plie pulses. Next is upper body sculpting with light weights: Overhead side lifts, bicep lifts, tricep kickbacks, shoulder presses, and "kettlebell" swings. Jennee used the same weight for this entire section, but I would like to have used lighter weights for some moves (like windmill arms) and heavier weights for other moves (like kettlebell swings); and she moved too quickly for you to switch on your own without missing some of the repetitions. Next was abdominal work on the floor, followed by a lovely stretch. The setting was bright and pleasant, and the music was upbeat. All in all, this was an excellent low-impact cardio & toning workout.
Jennee is a pleasant, "no-nonsense" instructor.