There are six “The Studio by Ellen Barrett” workout videos and five “Ellen Barrett Live” workout videos - 11 in all - that can be used on a weekly basis in rotation. Here are my recommendations as to how to incorporate them into your life. As always, I encourage you to be “intuitive” with your workouts and allow your own body to lead the way.
Inspiration From Ellen
I’m a girl’s girl and I love feminine vernacular. Instead of nice, I’ll say something like “super cute” and instead of “pink” I will be more specific and use words like “fuchsia” or “magenta”. Instead of “lean”, I prefer “skinny”. I’m actually very attached to the word skinny. To me, it’s non-clinical, happy and fun.
Counting calories is not the way to long-term weight release or weight management. The word calorie is too vague. Our food has been de-mineralized through its soil, genetically modified through science, overly processed, and ultra-pasteurized. Because of this, calories from a cup of microwaved soup are very different from calories from a freshly picked apple.
In the 50’s people were fat because they ate too much. Today, people are fat because the food industry has screwed with our bodies and our minds. The high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified ingredients, pesticides and factory farming coupled with shrewd marketing strategies have ruined our food supply and in turn clogged our digestive systems and fogged our minds.
I grew up going to church every Sunday, and to be honest, I blanked out in there. The mood was somber and no one smiled, so for the hour-long service I’d enter into a sort of trance, where I didn’t really think or daydream, I’d just become completely still while my eyes and ears didn’t take in any outside information.
In 2001, I took a class that blew me away. It was called "Floor Barre" and was offered at a Ballet center, led by a striking woman with long silver hair pulled back into a low braid. (She wore all black and never cracked a smile.) It was a perfect workout experience. It felt great during and after.