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Review of Body Balance – The Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates Workout

November 11th, 2007 · 36 Comments ·
 
 

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After trying Body Pump, Body Combat and Body Jam, Body Balance was my next target. Body Balance is the combination of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates workout. That is why whenever people ask me what Body Balance is, I will just tell them that it is the Western version of Yoga and Tai Chi.

According to Les Mills, Body Balance provide the following benefits:

  • Improve your joint flexibility and range of movement
  • Increase your core strength
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Provide a lasting sense of well-being and calm

During my first class, before the instructor arrived, followed what others did, I grabbed a yoga mat and waited for the instructor to arrive.

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Here was what we did in Body Balance class:

  1. We started with Tai Chi warm up. While I used to laugh at my grandparents of practicing Tai Chi, I suddenly understood it could be so different when I did it myself in the class. I felt good, really. In Body Balance class, you have to focus your mind and raise your level of consciousness through controlled breathing.
  2. After the warm up, we then did yoga pose - sun salutions. This pose was pretty challenging. I could feel my leg, back, butt and arm muscles screaming for help. The next track, we did the so called balances pose including the tree pose which is good for strength building. Then, hip stretches followed. The purpose of doing that is to unlock the stiffness in the lower body.
  3. After that, it is pilates meant for the abdominals and lower back muscles. At this point of time, I was already exhausted. So, I was hoping to do something easier in the next track.
  4. Twists are easy, but have to do the inhale and exhale correctly. Then, we did more stretches for the back of legs.
  5. The final track is the easiest. I just lied down like a dead body. I looked here and there because I was not sure what to do. Every one just closed eyes. After the music stopped, instructor told us the class was over.

The next morning I woke up, I felt a little muscle soreness here and there, especially the hips.

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A quick tip – wear comfortable clothes. You do not have to wear any shoes during the class. Yes, just barefoot.

Do not expect much from an hour group class. But, if you attend it regularly, I am sure it will help to enhance physical and mental well being. You will do a lot of stretching, but it was simpler than Yoga and definitely more interesting than Tai Chi. Therefore, if you are looking something in between, Body Balance will be the choice. Have to admit that the controlled breathing, concentration and the series of stretches, moves and poses can be considered a holistic workout.

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Comparing with other classes, though the fun element is not found in Body Balance, the benefits gained in the class are worth for me to go for another visit next time. How about you, have you tried BODYBALANCE?

You may want to check out my review of other Les Mills fitness classes.



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  • Elvina // Nov 12, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Body Balance is a nice and relaxing class. I fell in love with the class when I first joined. Although it might not be as tough as Yoga, but after the one hour you will definitely feel your muscles are well stretched. I even sweat a lil’ in the class. I used to do Yoga but stopped as I felt tat the instructors were too pushy and I ended up with injured muscles. Body Balance on the other hand is more relaxing =)

  • D // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    I have done this routine and loved it.
    I no longer belong to the gym that offered this because
    of finances. Is there any DVD out there that can be purchased
    with this routine? Ive looked everywhere. Please tell me
    if there is such a video out there.

  • Vicki // Mar 26, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    I too had the same issue. I had to leave the gym that offered it becuase of finaces. I would love to get any body balance video.

    Please let me know if you can are there any available?

  • Lou // Apr 25, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    I would love a DVD there aren’t enough classes out there!!

  • TjiaKang // Jul 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Taichi in Body Balance is bullshit.
    Your grandpa/grandma’s Taichi is still better than the one in BB.
    Trust me…

  • Amanda // Dec 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    The Tai Chi in BB is only a warmup sequence – not a complete Tai Chi course! Just like the entire yoga section of BB is yoga asana adapted for mass general consumption – not a yoga class. I can pick out dozens of things wrong with the yoga sections of every BB release (like no inversions, odd variations of Surya Namaskar, the ‘swan’ pose (eka pada rajakapotasana) – but why bother when it’s not intended to be a yoga class?

    I’ve been teaching BB for nearly 10 years and I still love it. It has also served to introduce many people to Tai Chi and yoga. It inspired me to do yoga and about 4 years ago, I began to teach yoga.

    After Body Pump, Body Balance is Les Mill’s most successful franchise. It’s not hard to figure out why.

    The strength of the program lies in the attention to safety, simplicity, access (it’s in a gym, not a yoga centre), and the great music. It doesn’t pretend to be a yoga or Tai Chi class and shouldn’t be viewed in that way.

    Namaste

  • Maria // Mar 8, 2009 at 2:33 AM

    My friend and I once have decided to go to the fitness club. Finally chose one and started looking through loads of trainings in the club’s schedule. Body Balance was the first class we decided to enter.
    I really liked it. Yes, I even had my muscles a bit sick. Now, after a while, I find it too easy for me, though I do BB after entering BC to relax.
    All in all, IMHO, this training is perfect for those who have just started doing fitness, or for making your muscles relax after an intense one.

  • Lydia // Aug 8, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I did my first class ages ago and really enjoyed it, but now the times offered don’t suit me (they are going to move a balance class soon..don’t know when) and would love to do another class. I think its vital to do balance to stretch out and unwind the stresses in our daily life and exercise plus it gives a stronger core. To make up for lost balance time, i bought myself a pilates dvd and have been doing it for almost 3-4 weeks and its great! plan to get more..

    Also lots of people underestimate the importance of stretching out the muscles!

  • Lydia // Aug 8, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    D and Vicki: you can only get the bodybalance dvd if you are certified to teach the program, other than that, the best way to learn is attending the balance classes. Unless you are extremely passionate, then why not do instructor training?

  • Heather // Oct 22, 2009 at 5:45 AM

    I’m going to a body balance class this morning. I did one session a year ago and I enjoyed it but being a few kgs overweight I also found it really hard work. Holding heavy legs in the air and rediscovering long lost muscles is a good workout in itself IMO.

  • mark // Feb 28, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    bb is great.

  • les // May 25, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    Let me know if you need copy of body balance. I have 31,32,37,44,45,46,47

  • angel // Jun 4, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Hello les,
    I’ve done bb for a few months and I loved it. Now I cannot find a class nearby…
    I’d love to have it’s dvd’s can you please help me?

  • les // Jun 5, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    angel, whats your email? contact me lesmills_forever@yahoo.com

  • Jo // Aug 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    I love Body balance its not to hard core but its still challenging unfortunatly I am moving to the middle of nowhere so cant attend the class anymore is there any way of getting the DVDs without being an instructor?

  • bita // Aug 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    do you have any classes in Dubai (UAE) for body balance certificate?plz tell me

  • Moza // Sep 1, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Bita ….. Body Balance classes is offered by all Fitness First clubs in Dubai.

  • Mel // Oct 5, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Les – I’d love to get my hands on a DVD copy… do you still have one?

  • les // Oct 8, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    Yes I have the. Email me directly
    Thanks

  • Emily // Jan 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I love BB! Some of the “wobble” balance routines are great fun. We have the best instructor too so I would say it does have some fun factor!

  • MOJGAN // Jan 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Hi, Would you please inform me concerning the next Body pump date for take parrt in Dubai classe for Body pump certificate.

  • Laura // Feb 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Hey les
    just wondering if you have any copies of bb dvd’s left??? I LOVED doing bb :)

  • Gemma // Feb 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    hello
    was wondering if you have copies of bb dvd’s left. I was doing it in new zealand with a fantastic instructor, now I really notice the difference in quality of classes. I have tried doing them live off live interenet but only one works without freezing and getting a little bored.
    Thanks
    gemma

  • Jane // Apr 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I have been doing body balance for many many years, I think its the best, especially as you get older as in (late 30′s) for me, and feel those daily aches, pains and stiffness, I find that if I can’t get to balance for a couple of weeks I am much stiffer and sorer than I am if I do it once or twice a week, plus I do some home YOGA once or twice a week. It works your muscles and body quite hard. I dont stick around for the meditation bit at the end, but the rest of it is great.

  • katerina // Apr 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Hi Les, do you have some dvd of body balance left? I love it and really want to get one!! :)

    Katerina

  • Ann // Jun 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Hi Les, I’ve been looking all over for a copy of the Body Balance DVD to no avail :o( I wondered if you’d got a copy left please?
    Thanks, Ann

  • Les // Jun 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    yes i still have

  • Laura // Jun 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Hey Les, would i please please please be able to have a copy of Body Balance. I can’t find them on DVD anywhere and when I travel & go away I miss it so much! :)
    Thanks

  • Carol // Jul 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Hello I have been doing body balance for about 7weeks now and i love it! I have tried to find a DVD so i can do it at home,but i have’nt found one! do you know if there is one?and if so where can i get it from? thank you

  • Alexia // Aug 20, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Hi Les – do you still have DVD copies avail? I used to go 4 times a week but personal circumstances – i.e. single parent working full tme get no chance to get to any classes. I am desperate to start this up again – I miss it so. A

  • Naomi // Oct 13, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    Hi Les,
    I’ve been doing body balance for 6 months intermittently but have university commitments making it really difficult to attend class, I really miss it and was wondering if you have any DVDs left? You could make a fortune selling them!!! Its such a fab class!!! Naomi xxx

  • Julie // Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    After years of doing Body Attack, Pump and combat I finally started doing Balance about 3 weeks ago and I’m addicted!! I can feel the improvement in my strength and flexibility after just a few weeks and I absolutely love the relaxing music and simple moves. I would recommend anyone giving it a try,

  • Andrea // Nov 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Hi there everyone.
    I have read a few people may have copies of the Les Mills BB DVDs. If possible I would love to source a copy. I discovered BB whilst on holidays in Vic and was sold on it straight away. My nearest Les Mills class is 1500km away in Perth so pretty disappointing about that.

    I began my life changing weight loss journey 6 months ago, I did not want to begin my 40s being fat and unhealthy. Its been a very emotional and rewarding experience and so far have shed 36cms from my body. So when I discovered BB it was exactly what I had been waiting for. After all the boxing, running, weights and cycling I wanted something peaceful, relaxing and soulful and BB was it. I still have another 30+cms to loose so heading in very focused and determined.

    Would so appreciate any info regarding the DVDS, it’s like a complete package at the end of my day.

    Andrea

  • Maya // Apr 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Hi all,
    I started Body Balance in February this year and I absolutely love it. I attend all the classes offered at my gym, but I’ve been trying to find a DVD a well so that I can keep my practicing up when I’m traveling or the gym is closed on holidays.

    Any information on DVDs would be very appreciated!

  • Tracey Langton // Sep 9, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Hi Les would love to obtain a copy of the body balance dvd, as the classes near me are not fessible for us stay at home mummies.

  • Karen Lewis // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Hello Les,
    I loved it when I was able to attend BodyBalance classes as it helped my body as well as my mind. As I now care for my mother who has Dementia, I am not able to attend any classes. Is there any way that I can get a DVD for bodybalance so that when I have time to myself I will be able to enjoy the class at home. This is the only exercise class that helps me, and especially to quiet the mind as well.
    Any help with this would be lovely. I now live in Scotland, UK.
    Regards
    Karen Lewis

  • Penny // Jan 23, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    I have been participating in Body Flow at Gold’s Gym for a number of years. I hate to miss the one weekly session that they offer but sometimes it is unavoidable. Would love to have a DVD to use at home when I am not able to get to the gym. Are there any available?

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