Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer

Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer

by Mary Helen Bowers
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Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer by Mary Helen Bowers


Ballet-inspired fitness for every woman! 

You don't have to be a professional ballerina to look like one! With Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful, forget beating yourself up in the gym and suffering through starvation diets for some unattainable goal. You can achieve your ideal body and develop the strength, grace, and elegance of a dancer by following Mary Helen’s proven program—one that’s got everyone from celebrities to busy moms to executives raving!
 
Ballet Beautiful is a fitness method that blends the artistry and athleticism of ballet with an easy, accessible eating plan that works for every body – and absolutely no dance experience is required. Created by professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, this transformative approach to fitness and health will reshape your body and your mind!
 
Ballet Beautiful’s three-fold approach is not an extreme workout nor is it a radical diet for an overnight fix; it's a roadmap to achieving and maintaining your ideal health, shape and size—all with the elegance and strength of a ballerina. Part One of the book introduces the program's empowering mindset, the key to supporting and guiding you through lasting change. Part Two, the Ballet Beautiful Method, consists of challenging, effective, and fun workouts that sculpt and tone sleek ballet muscles and build beautiful posture. Whether you have a full hour or only 15 minutes, you can tailor the program to your own schedule and needs. Part Three shares the Ballet Beautiful Lifestyle, a healthy, balanced approach to nutrition. With meal plans, shopping tips and quick but delicious daily recipes that will satisfy and nourish your entire body, it’s a stress-free, diet-free plan that will help keep you feeling as strong and healthy as you look.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738215907
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 194,559
Product dimensions: 6.92(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Professional ballerina and founder of Ballet Beautiful, Mary Helen Bowers is a sought-after fitness expert with a high-profile clientele. Mary Helen trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet for ten years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and lives in New York City.
 

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Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a hard core ballerina and I thought this book was extremely accurate and amazing. This should be read by everyone. Great work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been dancing for five years and i think everone needs to read this book Morgan age 13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book wouldve been better if it had pics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore her workout videos and am completely obsessed, i have never looked better - BUT - reading the book, specifically the section about food i found information that was misleading according to more recent information that is now coming to light regarding propper nutrition. Though most of what she writes is not wrong, it is merley basic advice i have heard a million places before, the real mistake is reccomending readers to focus on eating low fat or fat free protiens. Low fat or fat free products contain unhealthy and unnatural chemicles that maintain the "fatty" texture or taste so that the it is almost as good as the real thing. (Natural full fat greek yogurt is more healthy and more likely to satisfy ones hunger than the fat free ) The rest of the book is great though, but this part disappointed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Constantly referring back to her diet/foods section on the daily. Great way to eat. I love her personal story, French ballet term glossary, and bonus workout moves. Mary Helen is an angel.
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I hated the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first thing that needs to be mentioned about Ballet Beautiful is that these are not actual ballet exercises. If you look at the cover of the corresponding DVD, you'll notice it says "ballet-inspired workout," not "ballet workout." There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for the kinds of exercises that have French names and follow traditional rules of ballet technique such as always turning the feet out and pointing the toes, that's not really what this is. To decide whether this program is right for you, you need to consider what you want to get out of it. Let's look at how these exercises are similar to and different from classical ballet. In classical ballet, dancers keep the muscles in their butts tight whenever posible, and only loosen them as needed to lift their legs. This frequent tightening and loosening of the muscles is what enables a really good dancer to keep her butt looking toned. What Mary Helen has done is create a series exercises that mimic the motions of a dancer's buttocks outside a dance context. She has done the same for other muscle groups important to a dancer. She has exercises for your abs that are done lying on the floor. The problem with this is, these exercises are only strengthening the muscles needed for good posture, not providing you with an opportunity to train yourself in the habit of actually using them for good posture, as you would be able to do if you were standing up, which is the way classical ballet exercise are done. Another disadvantage of lying on the floor is that it negates the need to think about what you are doing with your whole body; you can just sprawl out whatever body parts aren't directly involved in the exercise. The advantage of Mary Helen's method is that it is less technically demanding than classical ballet and requires less physical coordination, and it does still improve muscular strength, which alone can go a long way toward helping someone look and feel better. However, I suspect many people looking for ballet-related exercises are specifically looking for a program that can help them develop skills such as good balance, coordination, and gracefulness, and most Ballet Beautiful exercises don't even give you the opportunity to attempt such things, let alone actually become good at them. Another issue with her methods is that, because they only focus on one part of the body at time, they are an incredibly inefficient way to exercise. Classical ballet exercises usually involve working all of these muscles at the same time, so if you know how to do them correctly, you can accomplish in 15 minutes what Mary Helen accomplishes in an hour, not to mention improve your posture, balance, and coordination in a way this program won't help you with at all. These exercises aren't bad, exactly, but anyone with a background in classical ballet will be frustrated by their inefficiency and lack of artistry, and if you don't know ballet, you should call local dance studios and ask about classes for adults (they do exist). Classical ballet technique is not beyond the reach of amateurs and it is more effective than the exercises taught by Ballet Beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i going to be dancing 4 days a week and i have pointe class 3 days a week but it is fun to dance alot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow i didn't know that i have been a dancer for 4 years and i am looking for a book to help me with everything well not every thing but you know what i mean....G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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