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Old 02-12-10, 11:44 AM  
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How does Physique 57 compare to Bar Method?

How would you compare Physique 57 and Bar Method? I just bought the (2) new Bar Method DVD's, do I really need the P57 Dvd's as well? Do they offer anything different? Do you think I need all (3) Dvd's?

Have your results been any better with P57 vs Bar Method?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm on the fence ...I have credit card in hand and ready to take the plunge, but really don't have the money.

Thanks!
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Old 02-12-10, 12:10 PM  
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Here are some differences I see between the two sets:

Pace:
P57 is more dynamic and moves faster than BM. The moves in P57 are not executed at warp speed (like Cardio Barre) but they flow into one another with no/little break and the music is more upbeat so the overall impression is of a more continuous workout.

Instructions:
BM offers more detailed cues on set-up, execution and form. The P57 instructors talk non-stop but actually give fewer pointers; actually, when you pay close attention you notice that they do give instructions but it is somewhat diluted by their constant chatter.

Exercises:
Both workouts have similar moves (pliés, hip extensions, back dancing, etc.) but P57 has more variety - i.e., a broader range of exercises (like knee dancing and ab work in different positions) as well as twists on a given exercise (like plié in different ranges, with pelvic tucks, hip shaking, squeezing the ball, etc.)


Last year I used BM a lot during the first half of the year and then switched to P57. Both have produced good "results" but I believe P57 took me to the next level in terms of core strength, muscle endurance and definition, etc.
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Old 02-12-10, 12:32 PM  
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Personally, I think the P57 workouts have more going for them.
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Old 02-12-10, 12:41 PM  
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You might think about starting with the new Bar Methods to get your form down and build endurance and then move up to P57. I have both and still do both depending on my mood
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Old 02-12-10, 12:50 PM  
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You might think about starting with the new Bar Methods to get your form down and build endurance and then move up to P57. I have both and still do both depending on my mood
ITA. I also tell peope to check out clips of P57 and Tanya's personality and the speed of the workout aren't for everyone.
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Old 02-12-10, 12:58 PM  
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I just received the two new Bar Methods yesterday and can't wait to try them. I also recently watching some Cardio Barre clips and agree with the 'breakneck speed' comment. I'm borrowing P57 from someone and can't wait to try that either - although it sounds like I should try Bar Method first (walk before you run, so to speak )
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Old 02-12-10, 01:22 PM  
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ITA. I also tell peope to check out clips of P57 and Tanya's personality and the speed of the workout aren't for everyone.
This is true.... I watched the clips and was instantly annoyed by Tanya, so I didn't purchase P57. It really depends on your personality and preferences. I like the mellow, slower pace exercises, and Burr's teaching style is right up my alley. I own many videos with Chatty Cathy instructors who yak on about nothing and I find that very distracting. But many people don't mind the yakking, so everybody is different and you just have to go with what fits your personality. Good luck!
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Old 02-12-10, 01:31 PM  
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Fuzzie said it all really well.

For me, P57 just felt like TOO MUCH (and perhaps it's because I was not fit enough). My thighs burned with BM (in a good way)...but they hurt (not in a good way) after/during P57. I felt that BM didn't totally overload/overwork my quads so much in one set as P57.

I also like the calmer instruction of BM...but I have to admit that Tanya's chatter didn't bother me (nor did Shellie's). And I really enjoyed the Arm & Ab booster...but just couldn't find room for it in my workout schedule...

I say, stick with the BMs for now, see how you like them for a while....and then move up/on to P57. Besides, P57 (and BM!) should be making some new videos in the near future, so maybe this original set will drop in price
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Old 02-12-10, 02:16 PM  
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You don't really NEED both sets and if you don't have the money, I'd hold off. That being said, if you're going to take the plunge with P57 you might want to start with the 30 min or the classic only. Tanya doesn't bug me, but the other instructor did -- I got rid of the arms and abs booster one. I do the 30 min. more frequently than the Classic. They are great workouts but, for me, the Bar Methods are nicer. They work just as well in terms of results but don't hurt so much. I've never gotten horrible DOMS from either (just a nice, worked feeling) but P57 is painful while I'm doing it. Take your time! There's always something new out there!
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Old 02-12-10, 05:45 PM  
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If I had to give up one or the other, I'd keep the bar method and give up p57. If you end up loving barre and want to expand your collection but are short on cash, the p57s are great for mixing in, but I don't think one *needs* all three. I could have skipped the arms and abs one myself. If I had to choose between the express and the classic, I might go with the express because I really like having a 30 minute workout for days when I'm short on time. HTH!

Edits: whoops, I meant express, not classic.
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