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Collage Video–Ballet Beautiful {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Have any of you ever taken one of those Barre classes? I took ballet growing up and am currently teaching ballet and tap to 3-7 year olds, so I have always wanted to take one! I hear they’re pretty killer. I also hear they’re pretty pricey, which is probably why I’ve never been to one. So, in my search for ballet-inspired workouts, I came across Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful Series. I first tried a video out online and LOVED it, so when I found a bunch of her videos on Collage Video, I had to have one!

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You remember Collage Video, right? The super awesome, chock-full-of-every-type-of-workout-video-you-could-ever-want website? Yeah, it’s still awesome. It’s super easy to search for a specific video or to browse a type of workout (dance inspired, walking, circuit work, etc.) and find just the right DVD. If you are into workout DVDs then this is your one-stop shop, my friends.

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So the video I reviewed was “Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn.” I’ll be honest: during the warm-up I couldn’t help but hate Mary Helen with her AMAZINGLY toned body. I mean, seriously, she has like every muscle perfectly defined but she’s still lean and graceful like a ballerina should be. I kept thinking, “This girl’s just lucky. She was born with a ballerina-perfect body and she probably doesn’t have to work at it. I could never look like her.” Once the workout began, I was singing an entirely different tune!

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This workout was HARD, but in a good way! I quickly appreciated Mary Helen for her strength and dedication to her art. I could tell that she earned every defined muscle through her exercises. The video is broken up into four 15-minute segments that start with an “Allegra” fat-burning interval (i.e. constant jumping and leg kicks) followed up by a mat workout that focuses on your arms, abs, butt and legs. Mary Helen likes to do four sets of eight counts of most exercises, and by set two I’d be dying but she was hardly breaking a sweat. She was cool as a cucumber the whole time, though I know she was working twice as hard as I was; her legs were straighter, her kicks were higher, and she held positions much longer than I could dream of. But she was good motivation to keep going and try harder–if she could do it, so could I!

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Bottom line: I LOVED this DVD! I know I will never look exactly like her, but I think if I did this 60-minute DVD 3-4 times a week I could have beautifully sculpted arms, legs and abs in only a few months.  And after doing the same workout for a while, I would truly appreciate the option to workout to the music only (beautiful Beethoven melodies) without Mary Helen’s instruction. If you want to look like a long, lean ballerina, this is the DVD to try! Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn can be purchased on CollageVideo.com, along with several other Ballet Beautiful/Ballet-inspired DVDs. But you can try to win this video (or another of your choice) for FREE today!

Win Ballet Beautiful OR a Workout DVD of Your Choice!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 3, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Collage Video: TaeBo {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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In high school, I was kind of crazy. I would get up at 4:15 a.m. every weekday so that I could do a TaeBo workout video, then get ready for school, which for me started with a 6 a.m. church seminary class. Insane, right? Once I started working junior year, that habit had to stop because I was up way too late at night to get up so early, but for all of freshman and sophomore year, Billy Blanks and I were buds, which is why I chose to review his TaeBo Power Workout video!

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Once again, I got to choose any video I wanted from CollageVideo‘s massive online catalog. This time I searched for Tae Bo, and TaeBo Power was the first video that popped up that caught my eye. It is a 60 minute workout with a bonus 17 minute Power Ab workout–and let me tell you, that ab workout is POWERFUL!

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In high school, TaeBo was the first workout DVD I owned and about the only style of working out I knew, so Billy’s style of leading didn’t bother me. But as an adult who has watched several different kinds of workout videos and attended countless exercise classes at the gym and at college, I was bugged by Billy’s cuing and style. He would say “two more sets of eight” and then after that two he’d say “one more,” but then we’d actually do one or two more. Doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but when you’re doing an intense move and you think “okay, I can do two more sets” and then he throws one or two more on you, it can be really frustrating. Also, his big thing in this video was the weighted gloves. The gloves were “optional,” yet he referred to them about every 5 minutes, which got real old real fast. Frankly, the workout was hard enough without the gloves! It was a good upper arm workout with lots of punches, curls, pull-downs and punching bag moves.

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Overall, I liked the workout. It was challenging, high intensity, and by the end I was definitely sweaty and sore! I had to give myself a day to recover before I attempted the Power Ab Workout, which was only 17 minutes long but felt as long as the full workout! It was done sitting in a chair, which meant that not only were my abs getting worked, but my hip flexors/top of my thighs as well. I can already tell that I’m going to be in pain tomorrow. But I can also tell that if I did that every day (or even every other day), I’d have some pretty sculpted abs/upper thighs, which is something I definitely wouldn’t complain about!

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Billy Blanks’ TaeBo Power can be purchased at CollageVideo.com for $9.99. That’s what I love best about Collage Video; their prices are SO reasonable! And again, today you can enter to win the same video that I reviewed–TaeBo Power–or you can pick a video of your choice from Collage Video’s massive collection of workout videos!

Enter to win a Workout DVD from Collage Video!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 13, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Collage Video {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Raise your hand if you like the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” I love it, and every summer when it comes back on, I live for Tuesday nights to see what new and exciting numbers they come up with each week. I’m a huge tapper, but unless there is a tapper still in the Top 20 (which is rare), they don’t do tap numbers, so my next favorite dance style to watch is Bollywood! I’ve always thought it looked like a ton of fun, but definitely a lot of hard work. So when I got a chance to pick a workout video from Collage Video and found a Bollywood Dance Fitness Workout DVD in their selection, I knew I had to review it!

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CollageVideo.com is a massive online shop for every kind of workout DVD. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of videos that they carry, but if you know what you’re looking for, it’s super simple and organized. You can search for videos with keywords like “Weight Loss,” “Dance,” “Muscle Toning,” or “Jillian Michaels,” or you can search for brands like Jazzercise, Tae Bo, 10 Minute Solution and The Firm. You can also search by Workout Type, Goals, Instructors, Equipment Used and Specialty Videos (i.e. pregnancy, seniors, arthritis, kids, etc.). Seriously, their selection is incredible. They carry exercise videos I didn’t even know existed–definitely something for everyone!

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As I said, I chose the Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set and I LOVED it! The first DVD, Beginner Breakdown, was a little slow, but necessary as it broke down all the Bollywood terms and moves that you would be using in the next two DVDs. There was a fun routine to learn at the end and I felt so cool performing with the awesome Bollywood dancers with cool moves of my own 🙂

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The next two videos were great. DVD #2 is a Cardio Dance and Conditioning video, in which you get a Warm Up, a Basics Refresher Drill that keeps you warm and moving, and then 11 different targeted segments to pick from to work specific parts of your body. You could choose to do just a few routines or do all 11 plus the warm up and cool down for a 70 minute workout. DVD #3 is Abs, Glutes and Cardio, and let me tell you, they work those areas for sure! Some of the routines were a little repetitive, but because the instructors are smiling and having a good time, I found myself having a great time, too. The moves were easy to follow and the instructors were clear and looked good, though I was surprised that one of the girls always wore baggy clothes instead of showing off her sleek, toned abs and hips!

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That’s real sweat on my back, no photoshopping necessary! Doonya is a great workout!

The video was only $24.99, which for three DVDs and a total of 174 minutes of exercise is a steal! That’s the great thing about Collage Video: their prices are all pretty reasonable, with some DVDs as low as $8.99! But today, you can enter to win the same video that I reviewed–Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set–for free! Or, if I haven’t convinced you that this is the most fun and exciting way to work your core and your entire body while feeling sexy and grooving to awesome Bollywood tunes (or if Bollywood just isn’t your thing), then you can pick a video of your choice from Collage Video’s massive collection of workout videos!

Enter to win a Workout DVD from Collage Video!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 8, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.  

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