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Ellen’s Summer Teaching Schedule Starts May 4th at 8am

April 25, 2010

PILATES BARRE with Ellen

8-9am

Every Tuesday & Thursday

at STUDIO 70

70 Audubon Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Take the best of standing Pilates, mix it with dance conditioning, and you’ve got PILATES BARRE. Get a long, lean and lifted silhouette by using generous ranges of motion that elongate bodylines. The seamless routine provides all-in-one cardio, stretch and strength training, for total body conditioning.

The barre is awaiting us in the studio, you only need to bring your body.

Drop-ins are always welcome so just show up.
Rate: $13/class drop-in OR buy 10 classes for $100 ($10/class)

Your first class is free!

Ellen Barrett on Breathing

Ellen Barrett on New Mothers
Ellen Barrett on Her DVD Series
Ellen Barrett on Workout Snacks
Ellen Barrett_ _Your Body is a Circle_
Ellen’s Quick Fitness Philosophy
Ellen Barrett on Frequency of Workouts
Ellen Barrett on Barefoot Workouts
Ellen_ _Some of My Favorite People_






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Here’s What Collage Video is Saying About SKINNY SCULPT

February 4, 2010

Tougher than it looks
This workout was much harder than it looked! But that’s a good thing. During the first portion I had to drop my arms a few times b/c they were so fatigued. I never thought that would happen with 3 lb. weights. My entire body felt worked upon completion of this DVD. But I was not exhausted. I felt refreshed. I’m really beginning to like Ellen as an instructor. I recommend Barefoot Cardio to compliment Skinny Sculpt. – posted by Fran on 2/2/2010
JUST HAD TO ADD ANOTHER COMMENT!!
I gave my first review yesterday after doing some of this workout and watching some. This morning I did the whole thing, and I am even more in love with it. I am always amazed by how hard I work with Ellen, even though I consider it my easy day. Anyway, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this workout. I recommend it 110%!! – posted by Barbara on 1/30/2010
ELLEN HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!
Although this is similar to Slim and Sculpt, (which I love also), I just love this workout! She comes up with some of the best moves. At 58 years old, I am a group exercise instructor, and I am used to using heavy weights, but I am always looking for something easier on my joints. I just love her easy going persona, and I always work harder with her workouts than I expect to. Keep up the good work, Ellen!! I am a huge fan!! – posted by Barbara on 1/29/2010
Enjoyable!
I thoroughly enjoyed this new workout from Ellen! It has new moves that are unique, yet intense enough exercise my muscles. I like the incorporation of pilates, cardio, and some yoga. Aside from the exercise, I found the music calming especially after a stressful day at work. – posted by Anna on 1/28/2010
Another great one!
I was so looking forward to this one coming out (I have all her other “Buff Girl” workouts), and this one may be my favorite of all. It is an incredibly rewarding workout, because you truly get cardio, strength and stretching incorporated in one workout. There are other workouts available on the market that can do the same thing, but Ellen puts it together in such an effective, FUN, gentle yet demanding workout. I was surprised at how tough (in a good way) this one is. This one doesn’t mess around. I wouldn’t suggest starting out with heavy weights on this one, I’m fairly strong and had to switch to lighter weights halfway through, its tougher than Slim Sculpt. But the first time I did this workout, I could not WAIT to do it again. And her cuing is top notch. You cannot help but feel good while you sweat during this one. I like that she just about has all new moves in this one, but one thing I kinda wish she did more of was to explain what each move was doing for you, kinda like what she did in Barefoot Cardio. Her workouts do make you stronger, but also elongate you and firm you from head to toe without the bulkiness. She is upbeat, believes in what she is doing, sweet without being overly sappy and a really good instructor. A wonderful addition to the whole collection (if not one of her best), and hope she produces even more workouts in the future. – posted by Lisa on 1/28/2010
Effective yet gentle workout
Do you ever feel beaten up after a workout? Well you won’t with this video. It was high rep- low weight work that left my legs and arms feeling tired but not bad, if you know what I mean. I actually felt good after this. I feel I pampered myself and did something beneficial for my muscles and joints. Ellen is great! – posted by Julie on 1/27/2010
Great!
This is another great Studio workout! It hits different muscles with different movement than Slim Sculpt. All of her workouts from the Studio compliment each other. This is another great addition to your Studio rotation! I use 3lb handweights for this just like in Slim Sculpt. The music is louder and Ellen has the same two background exercisers as in Barefoot Cardio and in Fusion Flow. I like her make-up and nails painted black in these last three w/o’s! – posted by TracyAzGal on 1/26/2010
Absolutely Fantastic!
I loved this workout! It is my favorite one yet in her Studio series. It is very creative, has nice music, flows well and you will feel it! Her demeanor is so joyful and natural and she is a really clear instructor. Such a pleasure to do. I hope Ellen continues to come out with many more Studio workouts. – posted by Shelley on 1/26/2010
Wow, another winner from Ellen
I couldn’t wait for this follow-up to Slim Sculpt and Ellen didn’t disappoint. It is a wee bit more intense than Slim Sculpt and does a great job working your body as a whole with Ellen’s big, flowing movements. I thought the floor work was different and effective. I love working out with Ellen getting cardio, stretch and strength in one workout. Highly recommend this one. – posted by Elaine on 1/22/2010

Harvard Study: “Running Barefoot is More Efficient”

January 28, 2010

More kudos for barefoot exercise! The folks at Harvard have concluded this: researchers compared people who had always run barefoot, those who had always worn shoes, and those who had given up footwear. The barefoot runners had a lighter stride, and used their calves and foot muscles more efficiently. “You can run barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort,” a researcher said. If you want to try exercising without shoes, try Barefoot Cardio.

DVD Rotation?

January 18, 2010

There are SIX STUDIO DVD workouts available now and it’s time to figure out the best way to use them for optimal results. One caveat…I want you to be “intuitive” about your exercise needs – you ask yourself, “How am I feeling today?” and make that your starting point sometimes. I know these workouts well as I didn’t just (merely) create them, I actually teach them to real people every week on an ongoing basis.

***FOR WEIGHT LOSS***

Monday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Tuesday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Wednesday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Thursday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Friday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Saturday – “Cardio Galore” day, which means 90minutes or more of STEADY cardio. Go for long power walk or a hike or take a long bike ride…just aim for 90minutes or more – it’ll kick the fat-burning into high gear!

Sunday day off from “formal” exercise but don’t be a couch potato 🙂

***For Tightening, Toning and Losing the Jiggle***

Monday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Tuesday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Wednesday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Thursday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Friday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Saturday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW then finish routine with 1minute of push-ups/1minute tricep dips/1minute of jumping jacks
Sunday – Day off from “formal exercise”

***To Increase Energy and/or Manage Stress***

Monday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Tuesday – FAT BURNING FUSION or BAREFOOT CARDIO
Wednesday – day off
Thursday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Friday – FAT BURNING FUSION or BAREFOOT CARDIO
Saturday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Sunday – day off

Monday Musing

December 7, 2009

Roxy (my dog) was kicked by a horse! We were out for a hike, she was off leash and yapped at this beautiful big horse while standing underneath it’s tail and she was walloped, flew in the air like a rag doll and landed, looked lifeless. Then, she “came to” and, today, is fine – didn’t lose any teeth but I’m sure she had a horrible headache for a day or two. My point of saying this is this: this dog knows how to really live. Of course she pays the price (a.k.a, a bruised jaw) but she’s the stuff of legends. She had been sprayed by a skunk. She’s been stuck in muck and I needed to wade into knee deep mud and rescue her. (This summer, Roxy excited a wasp’s nest and you can imagine what happened there!) None of this stops her from going out into the world again, for this she is a great teacher. We all get figuratively kicked by a horse every now and again, but let’s not let it stop us from going out into the world again.

On another note, I received an adorable email with the subject header: OHMYGOSH I just received Fusion Flow today and I loved it. It is, absolutely, workout perfection! Just when I thought Barefoot Cardio was pure joy and bliss…I have found this workout! I love all the dvd’s in the Studio series but I really, really love this one! Thank you sooo much for creating this dvd. It really is perfect for all levels! Happy Holidays!”

We appreciate when you take time to write us (you can always contact us at studio@ellenbarrett.com).

SKINNY SCULPT, the next DVD, will be available in late January 2010. We will keep you updated here on the FIT+FAB blog.

Barefoot Cardio Instructor Training

September 10, 2009

Modernize Your Cardio Classes!
BAREFOOT CARDIO Instructor Training with Ellen

Learn the philosophy and technique of feel-good fat burning direct from creator, Ellen Barrett

Saturday, November 7th 1-3pm
Gold’s Gym Enfield, Connecticut

contact Julie at jmiller01 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

* Open to those already teaching mind/body group exercise
* Space is very limited, pre-registration is mandatory
* CEC/CEU’s will not be awarded

Funny and TRUE

August 19, 2009

A MUST READ article about how dieting (and talking about it) is boring.

Can’t Get Any Cuter!

June 8, 2009

kids_fitnessMy friend Kim in San Diego just sent me these pics of her three kids doing the FAT BURNING FUSION DVD. She said that they were really “into it” and 2 out of the 3 kids finished the whole workout (45minutes worth of moving!). They’ve got good form too.

The big take away with this for me is point of view. From a child’s perspective, popping in this exercise dvd is a fun activity, not an “oh, I’ve gotta workout now” chore.  

kids_fitness_2Thus, I hope you workout like a child today :)EB

Thigh Slimming Exercises

November 15, 2008

lifetime_screencaptureI’m quite fond of this thigh toning routine. I created it for Lifetime TV’s website. What’s especially great is you are never standing up – all floor work. You’ll get the feeling that you are creating length as you tone. Click Here to check it out. (As you perform the exercises, be sure to have energy in your feet by either pointing strongly or flexing strongly – it’ll make the quality of each repetition that much more potent. You want to feel the muscles “hug” the bones!) 

Hope!

November 11, 2008

I’m really thrilled that Obama/Biden won the election for many reasons. We need an overhaul, no doubt and this Democratic ticket, I think, has what it takes to turn things around. Polls show that the economy is the #1 priority for most Americans, but US healthcare in the last decade has left our most valuable resourcepeople – uncared for and unwell, so for me, it’s my top issue. Here are some of my ideas about healthcare reform: 

  • First, I think exercise should get tax breaks. Obama – don’t tax fitness classes, gym memberships and services. And when corporations spend money on fitness centers, give them MORE tax breaks as incentive. 
  • Second, fitness programs should get partial/full insurance coverage! Preventive medicine is where it’s at!
  • Third, we need to assess prescription medications and be less quick to dispense them. On the flip side,  herbal remedies (which are cheaper and have fewer, if any, side effects) need to be considered by the main stream. 
  • Fourth, school kids need to up their activity levels. We’ve put this on the shoulders of “gym teachers” but all teachers can get their students moving and budget has little to do with it. Put on some music and dance! In my neighborhood, the kids walk to school – a great way to start the day. 
  • Lastly, the FDA needs to be CLOSELY MONITORED. I ask you, why won’t the FDA put a “stamp of approval” on Ginger tea being good for digestion (which it is!), but it will allow HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP to make it’s way into ketchup, peanut butter, pretzels and other random things, no problem.  I think it contributes to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity in this country. We don’t realize how much corn-based sweetener we consume (it’s everywhere ladies!). 

Do you have any ideas? I’d love to get a working list going and bring it to congress. All suggestions that could lead to a healthier America! Let’s be proactive and think outside the box!

:)EB