• Review: Prenatal Physique DVD June 13, 2016 I’d never heard of Leah Sarago before this pregnancy. Her prenatal workout DVD had so many positive reviews on Amazon, though, that I couldn’t not try it. Prenatal Physique proved to be an …

    Review: Prenatal Physique DVD

    I’d never heard of Leah Sarago before this pregnancy. Her prenatal workout DVD had so many positive reviews on Amazon, though, that I couldn’t not try it. Prenatal Physique proved to be an absolutely amazing workout! Heck, I’d even come back and do these non pregnant  because they’re so tough. The lower body workouts especially are killer!

    This DVD is one of the best I’ve found and is definitely on my list of the Top 6 Pregnancy Workout DVDs out there. The DVD is broken into a brief warmup plus 6 segments that are 15 minutes apiece, each with a different focus. It’s a great DVD that I couldn’t recommend more. The best price you’ll find for it is on Amazon for $16.99.


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    Here are my thoughts on each of the sections as well as the exact runtime and calorie count for each:

    Warmup (4:47 and 15 calories burned)

    Confession: I don’t usually take time for warmups and cool downs like I should. But this one is absolutely worth your time. It’s nice, light cardio that gets you ready for the tough muscle work to come.

    Upper Body Mat Work (14:46 and 37 calories burned)

     This segment has you down on the mat doing lots of moves that strengthen your shoulders. This is definitely more of a “toner” than a “burner.” It won’t get your heart rate up much, but it will definitely challenge your muscles. I was also pleased to find that this segment includes a lot of moves that hit not just the upper body but the core. Hooray for an added bonus there!

    Upper Body Cardio Sculpt (13:24 and 63 calories burned)

     Wow! I love love LOVE  how this segment blends free-weight work with moderate cardio. Whenever I do it I can feel my heart pumping and my arms working hard. I followed Leah’s weight recommendations throughout this segment the first few times through. However, I’ve found that in a few places I could move up to medium weights where she recommended light. Most prenatal DVDs that claim to offer cardio are wussy or hokey. But fear not: this is one of the few that actually delivers without making you feel like a fool. 🙂

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    Lower Body Barre (13:54 and 90 calories burned)

     Barre workouts are new to me as of this pregnancy. It’s a workout style I find tough but super fun. You’ll definitely want to follow Leah’s recommendation and use a chair for balance. I also found that while the description didn’t mention cardio, my Garmin clocked my heart rate north of 110 multiple times during this workout. It’s nice that Leah gives plenty of options to modify both here and on this DVD in general. I found that I needed to modify and drop my heels a time or two for this particular workout. I hope, though, that I can work up to following along with Leah all the way through eventually. 🙂

    Lower Body Sculpt (14:34 and 88 calories burned)

    Rather than the barre-style moves of the previous lower body segment, this workout has you do more traditional lunges and squats. Often, you’ve got medium or heavy dumbbells in hand as well. There’s one main thing you’ll want to know about this segment, though. Right near the end when Leah says that “you should feel your legs really engage” she actually means that your quads and calves will be descending into the fiery, burning depths of hell. Eeek! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! This section makes you burn and sweat in the best way possible. And its ‘ll without making you jump or do anything unsafe for pregnancy.

    Prenatal Core (15:00 on the nose and 41 calories burned)

     I love this entire DVD, but I would have kept it in my rotation for the core segment alone. I think it’s hard for a trainer to come up with moves that work the core during pregnancy, since being flat on your back is a no-no and many of the typical ab moves would be awkward and uncomfortable once your belly expands much. But somehow, Leah does has but together a killer ab workout that is 100% pregnancy-safe. The moves especially target the obliques. And, as an added bonus, my thighs and booty were screaming during a few of the moves too. Love it.

    Prenatal Stretching (14:31 and 14 calories burned)

    As with warmups, I don’t work in the flexibility segments of my workout DVDs as often as I probably should, but my heart is happy every time I do make time to stretch a bit. This was a wonderful, relaxing 15 minutes that helped me lengthen out some of the muscles that these workouts challenge so much. I found that a bit of the cueing was iffy; it’s hard to see what you’re supposed to be doing when you are stretching in a position that doesn’t allow your head to look right at the TV screen, but even if I was a hair off from the stretches Leah was performing at times, what I was doing felt great.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: among the best healthy pregnancy tips is to work out regularly. And this DVD will help you put in prenatal workouts that are not just effective but fun and 100% safe as well. I highly recommend this Leah Sarago’s Fit + Sleek DVD. Simply put, it’s one of the best prenatal workouts on the market. You can grab it on Amazon for just $16.99.  I hope you enjoy (ha! or, in the moment, occasionally hate) these workouts as much as I have. This DVD is a winner!

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    6. Leah Sarago’s Fit and Sleek Prenatal Physique

    Somehow, sweating it out in the gym with an enormous bump on show has never appealed to me, so in pregnancy I turn to exercise DVDs. Five years ago, Davina McCall’s ‘My Pre and Post natal workouts’ DVD was pretty much the only acceptable home pregnancy workout. Now there’s a much bigger selection of DVDs available, and my favourite is Leah Sarago’s. This is made up of 15-minute segments – select which ones you want and put your own workout together. For me this offers a strong balance of challenging an expanding body, building strength and preventing injury.

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    Racked L.A.’s senior editor Natalie Alcala does a ballet body workout. She says it makes her feel long and lean. The bonus is that workouts are done with classical ballet music and modern music at the studio she goes to in Los Angeles.

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    Still, with a little trial and error, consumers can find quality content, especially if they are willing to pay. Strength and condition specialist Leah Sarago, creator of the Ballet Body Signature Series, has produced over 130 downloads in addition to DVDs. The workouts can be used individually or as a part of a systematic training program called periodization, which was devised by Sarago and requires a three- or six-month commitment.
    Sarago interacts with the clients who ahve invested in the periodization program as much as she can; if they have questions about form, she may ask them to send her a video of themselves performing the exercise.
    “I didn’t just want to throw out a bunch of workouts. I wanted to give people some structure,” said Sarago, whose method is centered in dance, ballet, Pilates and yoga and uses body weight, isometrics and what she calls “resistive elongation techniques.” “It is like being a trainer from afar, but more accessible for an entire group of people,” she said.
    Most of her downloads costs $3.99 and she has no plans to give them away. “I value my product,” she said.
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    Using physiological principles, Sarago’s uniquely choreography workouts are smart, creative and designed to sculpt a dancer’s physique. But they are valuable for anyone looking to build strength and flexibility. Sarago’s precise verbal cues help increase the effectiveness of the workout. Her newest workout, Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique, is a must for pregnant women.

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    LITTLE ROCK — Titles: Ballet Body: Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body: Lower Body Workout and Ballet Body: Core Workout (available April 2) What is it: A series of three DVDs intending to “create” a long and lean physique by integrating traditional body weight exercises with so-called muscle-elongating techniques. Set aside for the moment the reality that muscles cannot be made any longer than the bones they are attached to: “Elongating” is fitness-speak for not aiming to increase muscle bulk.

    The workouts draw on isometrics (a strength-reflex principle) and eccentric muscle-contraction training. Each DVD is sold separately, so you can decide if you want to focus on one muscle group or the entire body.

    Format: Each of the DVDs has the option to play the video with or without music/instruction.

    There is no chapter selection on the menu, but you can use the “skip” button to get to another segment.

    Core Workout (45 minutes): The midsection is the focus of this workout, to develop core strength by doing Pilates-inspired moves. Standing balance and movement exercises begin the segment, then come variations of side planks and some other mat work. The routine finishes with exercises to support the spine and back, and a five-minute segment of deep stretches.

    Lower Body Workout

    (54 minutes): The muscle-sculpting moves in this workout attack the thighs, backside and the backs of legs. Working at the barre, you will do exercises such as plies, parallel lunges and diagonal fold-overs. The workout ends with a 13-minute yoga and dance stretch.

    Upper Body Workout (46 minutes): Definition, posture and strength are the goals. The routine starts with 25 minutes of mat work to strengthen arms and abdominal muscles. This transitions into ballet-inspired movements using light hand weights to work the arms and shoulders.

    Gear needed: Yoga mat or padded surface, light hand weights (less than 5 pounds), portable ballet barre or high back chair

    Can I do it barefoot? Yes

    What do they want from me? Since your body’s weight is being used as muscle resistance, one thing you definitely need to complete the series of DVDs is a good sense of balance. There will be times when all of your weight will be on the balls of your feet while doing variations on demi and grand plies.

    While working on the mat, you must be able to balance on your hands, elbows and knees while shifting positions to work different muscle groups (such as a bridge sequence, varieties of planks and lifting the legs and buttocks in the air) for several minutes at a time. You will sweat, and your muscles will be pushed to the limit.

    Although it is advertised as suitable for all fitness levels, do not try these DVDs unless you have some knowledge of yoga.

    The workouts will challenge anyone, from beginners to athletes. If you have trouble with your wrists, back or knees, this is not your workout DVD.

    What’s going on in the videos: Leah Sarago is alone demonstrating the movements. She performs modifications for beginners and for more advanced exercisers. Her studio has an ethereal ambience with violet lighting, and music is selected carefully for each segment to enhance the mood.

    Workout developer’s credentials: Sarago is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and dance. She has starred in several other fitness DVDs, trained NFL athletes, and she travels the country leading workshops featuring her Ballet Body techniques.

    Price: $16.99 each

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    DVD Review: Ballet Body Core Workout

    With degrees in both exercise science and dance, Ballet Body creator Leah Sarago found that performing muscle-lengthening exercises resulted in the feminine physique so many women are pining for. Leah currently has a number of DVDs out, but I was particularly taken with her Ballet Body Core Workout ($20). The 45-minute video offers a combination of standing abdominal exercises, movement sequences, and mat work.

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    Ballet Body Core Workout engaged my abdominal muscles as promised, but I also found it to be an effective full-body workout. I felt the burn in my core, arms, legs, and butt from start to finish.

    Keep reading to learn why I loved this workout.

    As soon as I popped in the DVD, I was surprised and impressed by its intensity. While it’s described as “suitable for all levels,” a true beginner who has never been in a dance class might be discouraged from a few of the opening exercises. A handful of balancing exercises require the ability to stabilize your core and balance on one foot for an extended period of time, which a beginner may find harder to do.

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    Her thoughtful sequencing and concise instructions made me feel like she was in the room. I appreciated that she doesn’t rely on technical ballet or Pilates terms; she simply explains the exercise. With that said, I’m confident that this DVD is a perfect workout for ex-dancers who are missing their ballet days or barre buffs looking for a quality workout at home.

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    Protect your joints! These two easy moves from Leah Sarago build supportive muscles to keep knees and hips healthy…

     

    Moves for Your Muscles
    One of the easiest ways to protect your joints is by focusing on the surrounding muscles. Increasing their flexibility and strength in your muscles will relieve pressure from your joints by distributing weight and stress. Sarago recommends low-impact moves and activities like static ballet stretches, swimming, and bodyweight exercisesto support your joints without causing additional stress.

    To help your hips and knees, try Sarago’s easy, non-impact moves below. They’re strength-training moves that utilize your body weight, so they’re perfect for beginners. Add these two quick moves to your current strength or cardio training to focus on building the muscles around your joints.

    Hip Tuck
    Stand about a foot behind a chair (or tall table) with your feet six to eight inches apart, toes turned out at a 45-degree angle. Keep your back and neck straight and shift your weight back into your heels. Slowly lower your hips down by bending your knees, keeping them in line with your toes so that your ankles and knees are pointing in the same directions. Bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground (lift higher if you feel pain). Draw your belly in and tuck the hips forward and under, like you are making a “C” shape with your body. Repeat the hip tuck 20 times, taking five second for each tuck and release.

    Lunge
    Stand with one foot forward and one foot behind you, about three to four feet apart from each other. “Both feet should be pointing forward,” Sarago says. Bend your front knee right over your ankle. Slowly pulse your front knee forward and back over the ankle for 16 reps, making sure to keep the front quadricep parallel to the floor. For an advance move, lift the front heel up and hold to improve stability and target your front ankle joint. Repeat on the other side. If you’re new to this exercise, stand next to a chair back and use it for support. As your hips and knees get stronger, you can release the hand and place them on either hip, keeping your back straight.

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    BALLET BODY® SERIES CREATOR LEAH SARAGO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF EAGERLY ANTICIPATED TOTAL BODY 

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    Ballet Body® Creator Leah Sarago’s Advanced Training Techniques Utilized by Top NFL and NCAA Athletes

     

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    LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Apr 18, 2012) – National fitness icon, creator of the best-selling Ballet Body® DVD series, and originator of theelongation technique, Leah Sarago has become a secret weapon for many of today’s top NFL and NCAA football programs. Her proprietary training methods incorporate an advanced blend of ancient motion techniques derived from dance, ballet, pilates, and yoga, fused with next-level body motion science and extreme flexibility instruction. The result is a training experience that is literally changing the way elite athletes perform and the way top teams compete.

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    Like many video instructors, Leah Sarago planned to launch her career in Los Angeles. But she actually found exercise-video success back in Nashville.  “I decided to move to Los Angeles because I wanted to debut my Ballet Body class. And, at the same time, I had a DVD project in the works with a small video production company. The DVD project fell through, but I continued to teach Ballet Body classes while also continuing to refine my training techniques.

    “However, frankly, I found Los Angeles too fast paced at that time. I think that all the yoga in the world couldn’t have reduced my stress levels. So I moved back to Nashville to be closer to family and in more peaceful surroundings. Looking back at it now, I realize that I didn’t need to live in Los Angeles to produce exercise DVDs. I realized that there is lots of great talent all over the country.”

    How did you get interested in fitness? “I grew up in a big family. My mom had all of us girls in ballet at a young age. My dad, of course, encouraged us to play sports. And I’ve always been active (my parents said I was the one constantly doing cart wheels or handstands). I remember pretending to play dance teacher/choreographer in our basement as a child — working out with my mom’s exercise videos. In high school, human anatomy and science were the most intriguing subjects for me. At that point I decided I was going to pursue a degree in  Exercise Science.”

    With your degree and your experience, you ended up working with the NFL. How did that happen? “I had the opportunity to work with some of the 2009/2010 top NFL Combine picks, including Tim Tebow. I was brought on to help the athletes with flexibility and recovery while they prepared for the NFL Combine. It was great.”

    Do you have any plans for the future? “Sure. I want to continue to grow and expand the programs that I offer, including training programs tailored to athletes and special populations. Additionally, I’m working to create a Ballet Body certification program for those interested in helping spread the fun and benefits of Ballet Body across the country. Lastly, I want to further my education in nutrition, and possibly even attend some cooking schools to publish a recipe book — I love to cook and bake!”

    You like to cook and bake… really? “It’s true. If I have a craving for chocolate or sweets, I usually go right into the kitchen and bake something. By baking it yourself, you can cut out a lot of the preservatives and make it much healthier. Also, I find that after I bake it, I really only want a bite or two.”

    Finally, a question we hear from a lot of our readers… How do you motivate yourself to work out when you just don’t feel like it? “On the days when I lack motivation, I try to talk myself into just 20 minutes. That’s because 20 minutes is better than nothing and I know I’ll feel better afterwards. I usually find that I end up working out even longer than what I had planned. Also, sometimes I’ll even throw a yoga mat down on the kitchen floor while I’m cooking and do some exercises. Or just play around with some new techniques. It’s fun!”

    See all of Leah’s videos.

    Collage Video Featured Exercise Instructor Interview with Leah Sarago
  • Ballet Body® Signature Series Featured on Collage Video Catalog/Site
    Ballet Body® Signature Series Featured on Collage Video Catalog and Website
  • 3 Plus You WRCB with Cindy Sexton

    Leah Sarago teaches football players from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee how Ballet Body can help athletes with strength, balance, flexibility, and recovery.

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    3 Plus You WRCB with Cindy Sexton

    3 Plus You WRCB with Cindy Sexton
  • WSMV Channel 4 News More at Midday

    Ballet Body on More at Midday Channel 4 Nashville

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    WSMV Channel 4 News More at Midday

    WSMV Channel 4 News More at Midday
  • WREG Live at 9 Memphis

    We think of ballet as graceful and elegant, not how you might picture the NFL. But Leah Sarago has taught ballet techniques to some of the toughest guys on the field, including Tim Tebow. And she says she can change the way you work-out, too, with results, you’ll love.

    WREG Live at 9 Memphis
  • Leah Sarago Fitness Dancer Physique - Marketwire

    “Fitness ‘It’ Girl Leah Sarago Launches Highly Anticipated Ballet Body™ DVD Series. A Long, Lean, Elongated Dancer Physique Can Now Be Achieved at Home With Ballet Body™ “

    Dancer Physique from Leah Sarago Fitness

    January 11, 2012 09:35 ET

    Fitness ‘It’ Girl Leah Sarago Launches Highly Anticipated Ballet Body™ DVD Series

    A Long, Lean, Elongated Dancer Physique Can Now Be Achieved at Home With Ballet Body™

     

    LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Jan 11, 2012) – National fitness icon and master of the elongation technique, Leah Sarago, announced today that her highly anticipated Ballet Body™ series has officially launched, along with her new website BalletBody.com. Leah Sarago’s creative, easy to follow and highly effective fitness techniques have helped her develop a vast following of global fitness enthusiasts, who devotedly support all Leah Sarago endeavors and have made her new Ballet Body™ DVD series an instant success.

    For over a decade, Leah Sarago has designed a fitness regime that is directly focused on creating a long and lean physique akin to a dancer’s body. Her elongation technique is centered in dance, ballet, pilates, and yoga-inspired exercises relying on body weight resistance to challenge the body primarily through isometrics, stretch-contract reflex, and eccentric contractions, which create the elongation in the muscles. Elongation is the hot, new trend and Leah Sarago is the most sought after elongation expert in the field.

    Ballet Body™ Signature Series presented by Leah Sarago Fitness is a three DVD series that focuses on the lower body, upper body and core, while incorporating Leah’s elongation technique, which promotes long and lean muscle development. Ballet Body™ was born from the intensifying request for Leah to develop her own brand of fitness workouts and educational material for her army of supporters who desperately wanted to achieve the highly sought after ‘dancer physique’ and the results are overwhelming.

    Leah Sarago starred in and choreographed the 10 minute Solution: Dance off Fat Fast in 2008, a top-selling fitness brand, she also co-created/starred in Release and Warrior fitness DVDs in 2009. Leah was brought in to teach her specialized athletic-specific yoga stretch sessions for the 2009 and 2010 top NFL combine picks which included Denver Bronco’s quarterback, Tim Tebow.

    For more information or for media inquiries, contact Jed Wallace at jed@streetrelations.com.

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    Get  a Dancer Physique with Leah Sarago Fitness and her Ballet Body workout!

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