Review: Ellen Barrett Live Power Fusion

ellen barrett power fusionI remember last year when Fit Bottomed Mamas interviewed Ellen Barrett. One line that I loved from the Q&A was her advice on workouts: “Workouts can be nurturing or they can be abuse. Choose nurturing.” Simple but sage advice that really speaks to the Fit Bottomed Girls’ philosophy of choosing activities and exercises that you love—not just ones that burn a lot of calories. Part of being healthy is being happy, and it’s simply hard to do that when you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to to. (I talk about this SO much during FBG Life because it’s so important!) So, naturally, when her new workout Ellen Barrett Live DVDs came out, I knew we had to try one.

Ellen’s personality is so encouraging without being overly hippity-dippity or perky. She’s real, and looks like a real woman, too. From the title of the DVD series, I expected Power Fusion to be almost like a concert or at least have a performance feel to it, but instead it’s almost like you’re in one of Ellen’s live classes. All done in one continous take with Ellen and a few of her real students, Power Fusion is both high energy and calming. (Yes, you read that right.)

Mixing moves from yoga, barre, dance and Pilates, Ellen leads you through choreography to get your heart rate up. She shows a move like a plié, then adds on a twist, a touch to the “earth” (not the “ground,” which I thought was a subtle yet effective way of making the workout seem more natural) and other little additions to add difficulty. In one section she flows from triangle pose to a runner’s lunge with pulses to doing figure-eights with your arms. In another, she has you on all fours for core work where you bring your knee up towards your arms while you “thread” your leg all the way up and through.

With a gentle 8-minute warm-up, 26 minutes of cardio, and 12 minutes of floor toning and stretching, this is a solid 46-minute workout that will leave you sweaty (the moves look easy but aren’t), stretched out and feeling strong. While modifications are shown, there are a lot of pliés in this workout DVD. So if your knees aren’t the best or you simply despise pliés, this one probably isn’t for you. Everyone else though? One to enjoy and feel good about!

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★

Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottomed Line: It’s hard for a workout to be both challenging and feel-good, but Power Fusion does it. Perfect for intermediate exercisers looking to de-stress and work out.

Want to try this Ellen Barrett Life: Power Fusion yourself? Leave a comment telling us why, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week! —Jenn

 



Comments

  1. Dorie says

    I have been working hard to achieve balance in my life and in my workouts, instead of going hard-core for awhile and then burning out and stopping altogether. This sounds like it would help with that, and it sounds fun!

  2. Erin says

    I really need to do better at incorporating easier workouts into my routine, and this would help me do that. Plus, I love Ellen!

  3. Kimberly says

    I would love to try out this DVD! I’m one of people who goes for the full-out, burn as many calories as you can video’s, so it would be nice to have a change of pace!

  4. Sierra Suits says

    My girlfriend and I get together two times a week after work to do DVD workouts. It’s great bonding AND great exercise (although sometimes we talk a little more than we sweat lol). We rotate DVDs every time so it never gets old, and I think this would be a great addition to our rotation.

  5. courtney says

    Oooh, this looks great! I’d love to try it out. I’ve just gotten into doing some yoga once a week (at work) and I’m in the market for a good compliment to that to do on one other day during the week! Pick me! :)

  6. J says

    I would LOVE to win this DVD! I am a barre, yoga and pilates class regular/enthusiast, but am in law school and on a tight budget. To add insult to injury, I have to spend the whole summer studying for a big upcoming exam after graduation and know that I will have little time or means to take my studio classes as regularly as I do now. I am scared of what this will do to my fitness routine, so I’d like to get more into DVD workouts more so I can squeeze them in during my early mornings and late nights before or after studying! This seems like the perfect blend of my three loves and a good possible solution! Love FBG! Thanks for all the great advice!

  7. Kelly says

    I really like Ellen’s Pilates workout. It sounds like she has made another great video I would like to try.

  8. donnikah says

    I love Ellen’s DVD’s. I find them invigorating! Would love to add this one to my collection.

  9. alh1203 says

    Wow this sounds great! Would love to try a power yoga pilates workout, need something new to mix in.

  10. Debbie says

    Plies are so effective so if Ellen can somehow make them feel nurturing(!), I’m all for it!

  11. Anna says

    I need to find a new dvd that I can use – I am so bored by my old one and that makes me not do any workout at all – this sounds like a great one!

  12. Irina says

    I’m an absolute nut for dance-type workouts, so would love to try this one — especially to get off some pregnancy stress!

  13. Katie says

    I have just recently started working out again and this dvd was on my list of ones to buy. This sounds just like what I’m looking for : )

  14. Kelsi says

    I need to work on my thighs a plies Ellen’s DVDs all ways do that for me. Tighten things up just just me without making me feel like i’m dying doing squats. She changes it up and is happy the whole time. Love it!

  15. Alexandra says

    I love Ellen Barrett. I first discovered her through Netflix, and I really enjoy her workouts. They’re so effective and energizing!

  16. Carla says

    I have not had the opportunity to try any of Ellen Barrett’s DVDs. I would love to try this because it mixes two of my favorite things — yoga and dance. I didn’t even know you could do that! Oh, and I love plies. Ballet anyone?

  17. KC White says

    My final semester of undergrad is taking a huge toll on my workout schedule. I keep telling myself I can get back into things when I graduate in May, but I honestly want to get back into it NOW! I’d love something new to get me back in the swing of things. Even though I’m literally a size away from my goal, I feel like I need more motivation!

  18. Carmen says

    I have turned P90X into P365X and my family is threatening to send me packing if I say “Bring It” one more time. I’m hoping to find some other quotes to drive them equally insane while still keeping my body in rockin shape (ok so some may say soft rock).

  19. Michelle says

    I’m always looking for new and challenging workouts that I can do from the comfort of my own home (two young ones at home make it difficult to go to a gym with any regularity)!

  20. Nikki C says

    Someone made a remark about how I have gained weight thinking that I couldn’t hear them. It was very inspiring and I am extremely motivated to show this person otherwise! I have some dvd’s that I have been working out to but would love to add some variety and this program sounds really cool!

  21. Lorene R. says

    Because I need something different!!! Jillian isn’t cutting it and P90X is killing me!

  22. Julia Scott says

    I love Ellen Barrett. I do her workouts from Netflix and would like to change things up. I also do Jillian Michaels. Her boot camp mentality vs Ellen’s calming personality really give a good balance. Exactly what you need in life!

  23. Amanda R says

    I have been doing some Jillian Michaels DVD for about 6 weeks and seeing a great transformation! Now it’s time to incorporate some of what Ellen has to offer… I think it would be a great transition and addition to my weekly workouts!!

  24. Jenny Tucker says

    I have been working out to Ellen’s DVD’s since Thanksgiving, and they have changed my life! I have to check them out from the library, though, and sometimes I can’t get the ones I want, or I have to return them…this is one our library doesn’t have, and it sounds great! Please pick me!!!

  25. Jennifer White says

    I have not tried any of her workouts, and I am stuck in the rut that I can’t find my soul workout. I think I need a good balance.

  26. Jenn says

    Comment #9 Kelly wins it! Emailing you now, Kelly, to get your mailing address.

    Thanks to all who entered! :)

    –FBG Jenn

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