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DVD Review: Ellen Barrett Grace and Gusto

Hey guys!

Excited to get back up in the DVD reviews and man do I have a lot for you!

Today’s DVD is: Ellen Barrett Grace and Gusto

If you do not know who Ellen Barrett is, check out her site at I’ve been following her for the whole of my fitness career and maybe even longer :)

I absolutely adore her! She is cute as a button with lots of energy, but not the annoying kind. Her fitness philosophy stems from the mind/body method, but is truly unique. I have searched for other DVD’s that are close to hers, but have yet to find any. The sequencing, pace, energy, and flow are all unique to her own style.

Grace and Gusto is the latest release from her LIVE DVD series and it has already become my favorite. The moves are challenging enough to get a good sweat going (ok, I know graceful ladies call it a “glow”, but I sweat like a pig!) yet the focus is on big, grand movements which helps to create length in the muscles.

I love the pace of all of her DVD’s, but this one does seem just a tad more intense. Her workouts are effective and a great workout for beginners to advanced. There are always modifications given and you truly do not think that the move is as hard as it actually is! Grace and Gusto has earned a permanent place in my rotations and I will be attending this class at least once per week :)

All of her DVD’s are about 45 minutes per workout, which makes it great for us busy moms. Trust me, you get what you need in 45 minutes! Since Ellen always focuses on the long, lean lines of the body (think dancers physique) you are guaranteed to integrate your core at all times.

This is an awesome DVD to have in your queue, especially for cross training with higher impact sports. I give it a bazillion stars (you know, my rating system may need tweaking…)

Visit her site above for more info and even more DVD’s!

I’ll be back later with reviews for some new Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Tracy Anderson, and Tae Bo so stay tuned in!

Here’s to the FIT life!


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Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior Workout DVD review

It’s that time again! Time for another insightful review right? :) OK, today I’ll be reviewing Yoga for the Warrior with Bob Harper. Everybody loves Bob, am I right? So, let’s get started….

I’ve been involved in yoga for over a decade now and even though we sometimes have a bumpy relationship, yoga has always been there for me and always will be. Yoga for the Warrior is different from some of the other yoga DVDs you’ll find on the market right now. Bob does a good job of taking out the spiritual conotations of yoga as some people are made uneasy by that. He focuses on what yoga can do for your physical body more than the spirit. What is lacking just a bit is the mind/body connection, but that’s about all that lacks in this DVD. The yoga sequence for abs is short and sweet and leaves you with a good burn and better posture to boot. The hour long sequence delivers a sweat drenching workout with powerful poses. Bob makes sure to remind you of flexibility differences and to go at your pace, BUT challenge yourself too. He has 3 models in the video (all extremely fit) with the 2 girls modeling the harder variations and the guy in the back showing what variations can be taken. The class itself has a home like feel and you really start to feel connected, which will keep you coming back to the video. Although you work up a sweat there aren’t millions of Sun Salutations and Chatarungas like power yoga and Ashtanga yoga. This is beneficial to yoga new comers!

Bottom line: To get some cross training benefits and flexibility increases of yoga, this video is an awesome pick! If you lean more towards classical yoga, you may not like the music and sequencing as much, but I encourage you to open your mind and give it a try. Remember to