New York City Ballet Workout 2
with trainer Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief, and New York City Ballet
You will love it if:
Of the ballet videos I have done, this one feels the most like ballet dancing. The conditioning moves involve slightly more advanced choreography that feels more like dancing than conditioning, and there is a choreographed routine at the end of the workout. It is not as physically challenging as some of the other ballet videos I have tried, but you will get a light cardiovascular workout while you enjoy your time dancing! This routine will take more time to learn than the routines on other videos. As with any dance routine, it takes some practice to learn the routine. The cuing was also difficult for me to follow at first, but with practice the dance becomes more enjoyable. You will probably need to practice with the video a half-dozen times before you get the routine down—unless you are an experienced ballet dancer. But the added complexity ensures that the routine will not become boring or tedious.
Your form will also improve over time, and the conditioning part of the workout will become more challenging as your form improves. You also have the option of performing the workout with either classical or contemporary music. I like switching back and forth between the two because even though the routine is identical, it feels like a completely different workout with the change in music. The video also includes a lot of special features like a menu that lets you create your own workout, a glossary that teaches specific ballet moves, and a short movie that lets you meet the dancers in the workout. If you really want to do ballet at home and have a bit of patience, you will love this workout!
The only equipment used in these videos is your body! It is an ideal workout to take with you when you travel.
If you can lie down on your side and extend your leg out in front of you, you will have enough space to complete this workout. The movement combination at the end requires a bit more room as you will be dancing back and forth across the room. I modified the movements slightly to fit them into a smaller space.
If you can stand and walk around easily for at least 40 minutes and have good enough balance to stand on one leg for 30-60 seconds, you will probably be able to complete this workout
What NOT to Expect
This DVD will not provide you with cardiovascular or strength training. It is designed to be an enjoyable ballet routine that provides some light toning and cardiovascular work. It is not an intensive workout.
How does New York City Ballet Workout 2 compare to other similar programs?
Element Ballet Conditioning is a good choice if you want to combine the feel of ballet with conditioning. The video is easier to follow and includes more challenging quadriceps, hip flexor, and abdominal work than New York City Ballet Workout 2, but it still feels a bit like ballet dancing. Element Ballet Conditioning also requires a bit more flexibility. Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled uses light handweights and much more movement so you will get a great arm, quadriceps, abdominal, and cardiovascular workout—but it feels less graceful and ballet-like than Element Ballet Conditioning or New York City Ballet Workout 2. If you want to focus on toning, especially your gluteals, and prefer no impact mat workouts, you might try Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout. If you love dancing but want something less ballet like, try Shaun Ts Rockin’ Body, Hip Hop Abs, or Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation.
MORE MUSCLE CONDITIONING
Element Ballet Conditioning
HARDER CARDIO & CONDITIONING (less like ballet)
Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled
MORE TONING (no dancing)
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
MORE CORE WORK
Ballet Body Core Workout
NON-BALLET CARDIO DANCING
Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation