Has anyone really changed their shape by doing Callanetics? Sounds too good to be true.

(155 Posts)
naturelover Mon 12-Mar-12 14:11:55

Because I've bought the DVD because I'm ever hopeful!

I can't complain about my weight, BMI is and has nearly always been 22 and although I'd like to be thinner I realise that with my big bone structure it's never really going to happen. But I reckon that with the right kind of exercise I might be able to change my shape a bit (thinner thighs and flatter tummy would be good).

My youngest is now old enough that I should have long ago done something about the tummy - it's not huge but as I'm flat chested I feel a flat tummy would enhance my whole figure.

So has anyone done Callanetics and is it as effective as it claims to be? Or can you recommend any other good exercise for reshaping?

Thanks

pootros Thu 01-Aug-13 22:23:47

Have just had a blast from the past with my callenetics DVD. (10in10). Am 8 weeks after baby2- have been gagging to excercise for ages as have been a blob of untoned wobble since the 1st baby. Love those 80s leotards!
I used to love Callenetics -just used to use the book. i was wondering if anyone who shared their measurements at the start of the thread fancy a little boast to inspire me to continue?

CambridgeBlue Sun 30-Jun-13 08:19:25

I managed to find the book yesterday after searching every charity shop in town. It'svery 80s (the same one I had back then in fact!) but if it works - which I might if I actually do it instead of just looking at the pictures - then I'll be happy.

Abra1d Wed 26-Jun-13 17:23:15

Oooh, must look at Super Callanetics. Yes, boredom can be the killer. So many repetitions and variations of repetitions.

FoxPass Wed 26-Jun-13 16:14:33

Super Callanetics is great and definitely a good idea if you've mastered the original and want to mix it up. I find it quite useful to mute the sound and play music too, helps with the boredom!

naturelover Wed 26-Jun-13 14:57:36

I'm the OP and I did the Callanetics DVD quite religiously twice a week for a few months last year, lapsed a bit, but started again this spring, once a week. I definitely feel the benefit when I'm doing it regularly, in terms of flatter tummy, higher bottom etc.
But I confess I am getting a bit bored of it now - inevitable I suppose. I wonder if I should invest in the "super callanetics" DVD for a bit more of a challenge.

FoxPass Wed 26-Jun-13 13:00:09

"Just picture your thighs jiggling while you walk, and you'll squeeze all the harder" grin

Back on the callanetics train, have done it off and on since I was 18. Always come back to it and I can do the orignal workout in under an hour so can fit it in even on busy days. On session 5, so currently wondering if I now look 5 years younger grin

Abra1d Wed 26-Jun-13 12:20:28

Yup--we can always do with reminders to do more hip and thigh exercises and open-and-shuts, etc. Good ol' Callen, RIP.

Funnily enough my friend has just started doing Callenetics again and is raving about it, says its the best thing for toning and saw results very quickly. I`m having a little think about having a go, but am doing weights and squats at the moment and thats killing me.

SilverSixpence Wed 26-Jun-13 10:42:37

Didn't realise it was a zombie thread! looks like its been revived a couple of times smile

anyway, it inspired me to do the TA Mat DVD I've owned for 3 years according to Amazon!

Abra1d Wed 26-Jun-13 10:36:09

This zombie thread (dead for a year and then back to life) has reminded me that I need to do the Callan hip and butt exercises.

MoodyDidIt Wed 26-Jun-13 10:30:32

ooh this sounds amazing....have read first few posts and am marking place to return to later!

fedupofnamechanging Tue 25-Jun-13 22:13:08

I have just bought the beginning callanetics DVD - I remember my mum doing the video in the 80s, so feel all nostalgic! I find yet voice quite soothing. Really hoping it works for me because I high impact stuff - I get really breathless because I am so unfit. Feeling quite excited at the possibility of being toned!

SirRaymondClench Tue 25-Jun-13 20:04:23

By the way you can find Sandra Hannah on Facebook and ask any questions about technique there, also read any previous questions.
Also it's worth knowing that you are supposed to life your pelvic floor while doing the exercises.

SilverSixpence Tue 25-Jun-13 16:30:20

how often do i need to do tracey anderson for it to work?

sair1234 Tue 25-Jun-13 14:13:22

That is really sad, I had no idea she had died! Thanks for the information will try that. had to laugh about the porn star comment!!

SirRaymondClench Tue 25-Jun-13 13:44:21

God I love Callanetics! I must get back into it!
The answer to your question Op is yes, I did.
Callan Pinkney died last year which was very sad, but her DVDs are ace if you can overlook the 70s porn star men and frankly odd looking people in her videos.
Sandra Hannah has taken on the baton and is a bit more modern and I used to do a combination of both of their videos. You will like some of both of their vids and I found it more enjoyable to do that.
It's very meditative too.

sair1234 Tue 25-Jun-13 13:23:16

I have got the am/pm calanectics dvd, but used to use the original calanetics on video used so many times its worn out!! That was the one that toned me up. Will let you know how I get on with the am/pm, but if anyone has used that one please let me know if it works?

JazzDalek Tue 25-Jun-13 12:42:43

Impulse buy. Have just ordered the DVD. Am slimmish but have noticed thighs and bum really starting to go downhill the last year or two blush

Cambridgeblue I ordered this one:

www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00064K0RI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

CambridgeBlue Tue 25-Jun-13 11:57:40

I'm quite keen to try this as I've lost a lot of weight over the past few years (around 4 stone) but still really need to tone up. Which DVD do we reckon is the best one to get?

sergeantmajor Tue 25-Jun-13 11:56:34

Nostalgic joy! Is Callanetics really back? I remember that "wobbly thighs" comment itdidntoworkout! (in fact it has haunted me down the years wink). Callanetics was how I spent my skinny teenage years, convinced that my tummy stuck out, when it didn't. I would try it again now, as long as I don't have to wear the frosted eye make-up to match.

sair1234 Tue 25-Jun-13 10:21:26

I am starting today am/pm dvd, 5 weeks until my hold abroad. I used to it years ago and it really worked lost 3 inches from my hips!

gracelesslady Mon 18-Mar-13 14:05:26

I've just bought a book.... I'm hoping for a pert backside in a few weeks ;)

Ruari888 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:17:48

ps you can improvise in the living room by using the sofa back as the bar or a side cabinet anything is possible with improvising.

Ruari888 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:15:37

I love callenetics and yes it can change your shape. I lost 3 stone of baby fat using callenetics and it toned me really well. I wouldnt hesitate, its really relaxing music and exercises you can do when the kids are in bed or napping and not something to have to drag yourself out to do. Have funsmile

smallmole Wed 25-Apr-12 22:43:39

Well after your recommendations I've bought the book (10yrs in 10hrs) and I don't think it's working. I've only done about four hours so I wasn't expecting massive changes but from reading people raving about it on here I was hoping to notice something at least. Nothing.

I am finding the book quite hard to follow - the pictures aren't great and there's not a huge amount of instruction. Am I expecting too much to see some changes already or am I too fat (size 16) to be able to see the changes to the muscles underneath? I'm quite disheartened with the whole thing and I had such high hopes that Callenetics would give me back my pre-babies shape.

I'm doing them wrong, aren't I?

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