Hi Fellow Barre Fans!
Much to my surprise, the Classical Stretch workouts have been HARDER for me than my Essentrics DVDs. I have been sore all week from doing just 4 workouts – one each day. I dare to say that I think I like it more than Essentrics in some ways.
The Classical Stretch workouts were created by Miranda Esmonde-White, and originally aired on PBS, though I have never seen them on TV. They are the same as the Essentrics workouts, however, it seems that Classical Stretch is a bit more intense.
Miranda is more vocal than her daughter Sahra (Sahra is the instructor in Essentrics DVDs), which might bother you…but it doesn’t bother me. She’s quite funny at times. Sahra is more quiet and seems a bit shy in front of the camera – which is exactly how I would be if I were her! But Sahra has her own deliberate, soft-spoken way that I really appreciate too too. It’s nice to get to know them both :).
The workouts are kind of informal – so if you are a stickler for counting and doing the same amount of reps on one side of the body as you do on the other, these workouts might bug you. I used to be bothered by that until I started doing these workouts. The beauty of Classical Stretch and Essentrics is that you don’t have to worry about that so much.
Miranda explains how to do the moves throughout the workout, but she doesn’t necessarily stop moving to explain a move or set up…so you just have to listen and keep moving. I actually prefer workouts like this because when I get good at it, I hate stopping for explanations. I like to keep it moving!
I will say that I do think it would be helpful to have some prior practice with Classical Stretch/Essentrics workouts before jumping into this set….but not totally necessary.
In fact, I originally bought this DVD set for my mom, but I have quickly realized that it may be a bit much for her since she has no experience with Classical Stretch or Essentrics, and doesn’t work out much. From the reviews I have read, Season 4 seems to be the best for beginners, since it is slower with more instruction and pointers.
The workouts are 25 minutes each, but man, does she work you and STRETCH you out!
The workouts are very fluid and move quickly – which I really like since it gets my heart rate up. I can see how it would be easy to lose weight with these workouts alone.
So here’s what I’m gonna do. Because it took me awhile to get on the Classical Stretch bandwagon, I am going to write a case study that will cover the details of each workout on the Season 8 DVD set I purchased – so you can see and hear what they’re all about – and more importantly the results I am getting.
I think these workouts are absolutely incredible for so many reasons, and not enough women know about them. I get very excited about these workouts :)!
There are a whopping 30 episodes in this DVD set… So awesome if you get bored like me.
The biggest advantage to having 30 workout episodes is obviously that you will have LOTS of variety, yet still the same type of workout. Lots of the segments contain the same signature moves and others that overlap. So you can change it up pretty often without worrying that you aren’t allowing your body to adapt.
Up first workout on the Season 8 DVD is entitled Stretch All 600 Muscles – I know, it doesn’t sound very exciting, but I can assure you it will be great! I’ll be back with that very soon, so stay tuned, and be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you don’t miss a post!