The next segment of Your Ballet Beautiful Journey is here! These next three BB success stories are very inspiring, so we hope they motivate you to make your health and happiness a priority as well. Please keep sharing your Ballet Beautiful Journeys with us! We always love hearing from our BB community so we can continue to celebrate and encourage each other!
xoxo — The Ballet Beautiful Team
Two years ago I decided to go on vacation with my family. After having two kids I needed to get my body back in shape. I discovered your wonderful workout and trained for four months every day, together with following the healthy eating tips from your book. Below are my before and after photos 🙂
Some of my friends were so impressed with the way I looked and started using your program too! It has been two years and I still LOVE each time I get to do Ballet Beautiful. It is graceful, effective and a very inspiring workout!
When I was 6 years old, I looked in the mirror and told myself I was fat. It was a visceral and emotional conviction that bubbled to the surface, not a random statement or passing thought. It was the culmination of self hatred and insecurity that existed long before I actually spoke those words. The older I grew, the more distorted my views became, and by age 10 I had developed what would evolve into full blown anorexia nervosa, something I still have to face each day I wake up, though 27 years have passed since that moment I judged myself in front of the mirror.
Over a decade ago, as part of my illness, I developed an exercise addiction that led to an absurd amount of hours spent each day running myself into the ground. I was obsessed with methods like HIIT and cardio, which are not bad things in themselves, but I wanted to make sure I was burning what little calories I ate. Exercise was like a job, a duty, not something positive for myself.
It wasn’t until 2012, when browsing through fitness DVDs on Amazon, that I discovered Ballet Beautiful. I found myself wanting to trade my hard training for Ballet Beautiful workouts. The workouts are tough and challenging, yet gentle and elegant at the same time. I found the way I felt about myself start to shift. Ballet Beautiful didn’t just help me start to be kinder to my muscles and joints, but it began to affect my self esteem, which had always been very low.
Now, with the full collection of Ballet Beautiful DVDs, the custom workout program, the book, meeting other Beauties online, and even the gorgeous BB activewear which I absolutely love to work out in, I have found the beauty in myself, I feel joy from exercise, and I managed to quite literally save my life with the help of Ballet Beautiful.
Years ago I thought I was just daring to try a new exercise method and it changed and helped to save my life. Ballet Beautiful is and will always be an integral part of my life. If you let it, Ballet Beautiful can change you – it can reshape your body and help you achieve physical health, but it can also permeate every other part of you, from self esteem to healthy eating to seeing the beauty in YOU that already exists. Sometimes, we just need to open our hearts to it, and that is the first of many things Ballet Beautiful did for me.
I did dance and gymnastics for 13 years, from age 3 to 16 (ballet, tap, jazz, chorus). After high school, I did the odd dance class or two in college but that was pretty much it for me. After college I was completely focused on my career and my new life in NYC. I fell out of shape, had “desk job thighs” and generally did not take very good care of myself.
Fast-forward to getting ready for my own wedding. In an effort to slim down and shape up, I experimented with almost everything but didn’t really enjoy any of it.
Fast-forward even further to 5 years and 2 kids later. I searched on YouTube for arms workouts and discovered Swan Arms and Ballet Beautiful. I loved it. I quickly bought the book and DVDs, joined the BB family and enrolled in the Custom Workout program. I had finally found the method I had been searching for, and it helped me rediscover my love of ballet in the process.
That was in March of 2015. Two years later and I am still going strong, quite literally. I have NEVER stuck with anything (except my husband!) for this long and I still thoroughly enjoy and actually look forward to my workouts. Mary Helen’s philosophy of viewing exercise as a means of self-love and self-care have struck a chord at exactly the right time in my life. Doing the exercises and setting aside the time each day is truly a form of meditation for me. It keeps me calm, centered and clear. Also, there is a fantasy associated with doing this workout that appeals to me. As a mom of boys – this very beautiful, very feminine method allows me to play dress up and keeps me in touch with my inner Princess.
OH AND THE RESULTS. Let’s not forget about those. I have more muscle definition than I have ever had in my life. I can do the splits again – on both sides! Doing Ballet Beautiful also got me back into actual adult ballet classes – and last year I went back on pointe for the first time in 25 years! I never thought at 41 that I would be donning leotards and tights, but here we are. I feel healthy, strong and ‘Ballet Beautiful’.