Friday, 19 April 2013

DVD Review - Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners

Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners
Instructors: Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito
Studio: Acorn Media
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Run Time 70 minutes, plus turtorials
Rating: Not Rated


My New Year's Resolution is to have a new me by the end of the year, which involves exercising. I'm not the most flexible person thanks to my lower back and knee problems, which has led me to try out new workouts. Most recently I've been trying out the Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners, which I received an advanced complementary copy in exchange for my honest review.

I was already aware of other Barre workout programs that are targeted for ballets and dancers, which I'm neither as I'm unbalanced, but the "for beginners" in the workout title caught my attention and I thought I would give it a try.

Core Fusion was created by the husband and wife team of Fred DeVito and Elizabeth Halfpapp and they also own the Exhale mind body spas. Don't let the word Barre fool you as this DVD is aimed for anyone, even the non-athletics like me.

Barre Basics for Beginners is a workout program combined workouts that appeared on other DVDS. The 10-minute workouts on this release are:
  1. Turned Out Thigh
  2. Parallel Thigh
  3. Standing Gluteal Toner
  4. Gluteus Sculpt
  5. Pretzel
  6. Flat Back/Round Back Core
  7. Pure Core
With the words "for beginners" I thought this workout would be easy, but I was so wrong. There aren't just barre exercises here, but there are also pilates and yoga moves throughout each workout. You'll also need a sturdy chair for a few of the routines and a yoga mat or yoga belt if preferred. My favorite is the Flat Back/Round Back Core which did wonders for my lower-back. Some of the routines were hard for me to do as I couldn't bend my legs the way I should. I used each 10-minute workout as a warm-up to my normal workout. Surprisingly, I was already sweating by the end of the warm-up. Overall, Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners is a simple and effective stretching workout program that will help you improve your flexibility.

1 comment:

  1. I've been interested in the other one thats geared towards wanna be ballerinas. The infomercial is on late or early depending on your schedule.
    My friend told me you FEEL these workouts in your muscles and if you keep up with them you will see some changes but to add a more active exercise in with it. Walking, running bike riding, etc.
    I want you to review that hip hop ab guy! I want to try his program so bad but am scared. It looks scary, sweaty, and intense! lolz


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