Review of Xtend Barre: Lean and Chiseled

First off, I was so excited to start my new “dancery” workout video I had to start wearing some dance gear!  I broke out some of my ballet items I had bought a few years ago when I took some classes.

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How about them leg warmers and ballet shoes for ya?  I loved every second that I wore them!

Ok, so back to the subject matter at hand…

I thought Xtend Barre: Lean and Chiseled was AWESOME.  It felt like it was a ballet dancer’s workout video. My Jillian Michaels video’s do not shine a light to this one.  It truly gave me a fantastic workout and it kept ballet and dance elements throughout the whole workout. The movements were not your typical workout moves,which was very refreshing.  By the end of it, I was very glad I decided to start  getting some conditioning because I learned that I am severely out of shape. At several points, I had to modify the exercises by stopping or just doing some demi-plies or tendu’s to give myself a breather. I got a very thorough workout without any high impact movements. I need to be able to strengthen my ankles and feet for ballet class and this workout will certainly be helping.

Ok, so I admit it, I was sweating by the end of the upper body workout..shhh….  So, I really did get what I was asking for in this workout!

Here is a breakdown of the whole thing…

The workout is a total of 55 minutes long.  You can do the whole workout from beginning to end or you can choose which segments you want to do that day.  I like that a lot.  At this point, I need to break it up until I have gotten in better shape and can do it all from start to finish at once. Below is the order of the workout:

  1. Warm-Up (Great!)
  2. Upper Body (Seriously, this will make you sweat)
  3. Barre ( Very good, almost felt like a ballet class)
  4. Core (Not your average crunches)
  5. Cool-down (Just ok)

Since I need to break these up due to my fitness level, I will do Barre/Core on one day and Upper Body/Core on another day.  Of course, I’ll do the warm up each day as well.

The only cons I have for this workout is the music is a little cheesy rumba-zumba like.  It truly would be better with some classical music but that is just my preference.  I didn’t really like the cool down either.  It was too fast paced.  I did some of their stretches and I ended up doing my own slow stretches for about 20 minutes to work in time on increasing my flexibility.  They do some stretching at certain points during the barre section of the workout, which I liked.  Trust me, you will need them at those points!

In conclusion, if you are looking for a good workout to compliment your dance class or want just a ballet-esque workout Xtend Barre: Lean and Chiseled is a good one to do!

17 thoughts on “Review of Xtend Barre: Lean and Chiseled

  1. It sounds like an awesome DVD.I might look into purchasing this workout DVD for the summer. Do you use a chair or do you think a portable barre would work best?

    • Great question! My inner ballet geek is secretly coveting a portable ballet barre I found online for no other purpose except that it would be completely cool to have one! (Yes, I am dreaming that I could transform my guest room into a “ballet” room too!) Alas, this workout does just fine with a chair. You don’t have to place your leg on it at all. You only need it to stabilize yourself during the barre sections. If you buy the DVD, let me know how you like it, ok? Or if you buy something else, I would like to know how you liked it too. I am sure I will want an alternative workout to use to keep things different in my workout since I get bored easily.

  2. I looked into buying this DVD and now I might have to since it’s so cheap. I hate cheesy zumba-like music, but there seems to be no way around it.

    I have never been happy with a cool down section of a DVD workout–I always end up quitting the DVD and doing my own stretches whether it’s a ballet workout or Pilates.

  3. Enjoyed your entry, always having been a dreamer about anything ballet. I did take 2.5 years when I was younger, but when my instructor died, I never found another one I liked as well. I tend to live vicariously through those who are doing anything ballet as adults! I do have a ballet workout DVD which I still use from time to time. Not the one you mentioned….may have to try that one out! 🙂

    • I love to live vicariously through other dancers too. I love reading blogs and watching dance on YouTube. It gives me back that feeling of freedom dance can bring to my soul. What ballet workout DVD do you use? I am always on the hunt for more. 🙂

      • Oh mine is SO old: “The Ballet Workout, Shaping and Toning featuring Melissa Lowe.” It’s so old it’s full screen, lol. It’s kind of hard doing some of the stuff because I don’t have a lot of room. I like it because it’s not super intense for an older adult.

        • Oldies can be goodies! I need something that is not super intense either because I am severely out of shape which my body likes to remind me of everyday. Yet my mind is like “Nawww…you can do that…don’t listen to those legs…they just like to complain a lot.”

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