Ballet Beautiful: Ab Workout for a Slim Waistline is a graceful, low-impact abdominal routine that uses ballet-inspired movements to burn fat, challenge the core and quickly sculpt lean definition throughout the abs and obliques for a toned and sexy dancer’s center. Flatten the tummy and shrink the waistline with World-Renowned Ballerina, Fitness Expert, and Trainer to the Stars, Mary Helen Bowers as she demonstrates several key, low-impact moves that she relies on while training celebrity clients such as Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Prepare to activate the core and feel the burn as you go start down the road to defined dancer’s abs with this result-driven segment from the Hit Fitness DVD, “Ballet Beautiful: Total Body Workout” that will burn calories, build strength, and alleviate lower back pain for a stronger and healthier new you. These unique, isolated exercises are great for all levels of fitness and can be taken with you anywhere. You will need a Yoga mat, a towel and a bottle of water to complete the routine. Train with a true pioneer in the fitness industry right from your own home. Mary Helen’s expertise and inspirational training methods were recognized as she was chosen to train Actress, Natalie Portman for her award-winning role in the hit movie, Black Swan. Improve posture, release anxiety and increase flexibility. Visit the official Ballet Beautiful website at www.balletbeautiful.com for more info on Mary Helen Bowers and her revolutionary program. Click here for more dance-inspired workouts: http://bit.ly/13tXzI0
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if anyone is wondering, this ab workout really helps and is effective 😊 i really like how it builds lean core muscle, rather than abs which are bulking/protruding out of your stomach, like the ones some body builders have. this is also great because when you start to pick up the speed or do little pulses it becomes harder to do it well without letting your whole body move. i do this twice a day (morning and night) and i see quite a bit of improvement
I have started with swan arms and after one week ( also i have a very clean diet-low fat-) i saw a great difference. my arms are much thiner and much stronger. lean and natural. i am going to do of these for sure. i do them everyday motning at 10
I ask myself if my stomach will look more fat after doing this cause this will probably build muscles and push the fat even forward so my stomach looks fatter. Or am I wrong ? It would be nice if someone can make this clear
hi to all of you starting this as novice, or not much trained human. Compromise all effort and start just with half time to all exercises, do this for 2 weeks, than load minutes consistently, just to let your breath, muscles, tendons etc. get used to it. and improve step by step.. she is pro, trained since 9yrs old , bear that in mind, her physique is different to your body compsition. enjoy
Does anybody have any tips for how not to shift the effort to your legs on the pulses? My body always seems to sort of offload the work to my upper thighs (even when I really concentrating on pulling in) so my abs aren't really getting the exertion they should be :/
to all of you starting this as novice, or not trained human. Compromise all effort and start just with half time to all exercises, do this for 2 weeks, than load minutes consistently, just to let your breath, muscles, tendons etc. get used to it. and improve step by step.. she is pro, trained since 9yrs old , bear that in mind, her physique is different to your body compsition. enjoy
I do this almost everyday along with her leg workout and after like 2 months I can tell a pretty significant difference especially in my legs 😄 They’ve gotten so much more lean and they’re not super soft and wobbly anymore they’re actually pretty hard and toned
My tailbone hurts when I do this unless I fold my mat over for more cushion. My bones do protrude quite a bit, but could it be that I’m doing something wrong? Am I leaning back too much/ not sitting correctly? I’m definitely pulling my stomach in as hard as I can, though. Any reply would be greatly appreciated!!
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
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love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.