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

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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?


Judydreamsofhorses Thu 28-Jul-16 11:03:55

I'm still at it. I'm on holiday so doing four times a week just now. I'm a teacher so the long holidays can be dangerous in terms of eating and drinking too much - at least I will keep my "peachy behind"! It definitely works, you just need to persevere because it is very boring. I think a routine helps, so in term time I do it about 6pm when I've got in from work, Monday and Wednesday, before dinner, then it's just done and out of the way. I don't think I could be bothered with more than the "quick 20 minutes" so this works for me. (I usually do about 15,000 steps a day as well, it's not my only exercise.)

il0vew1ne Thu 28-Jul-16 10:14:00

Just bought this, hope it works anybody still doing this ?

Sillymegetsfit Fri 15-Jul-16 23:40:48

Do you remember how long it took before you noticed a difference?
I'm in a total slump and need some motivation! Needless to say, I haven't been doing them faithfully since my last post :-(

dementedma Sun 12-Jun-16 19:55:17

They do work.i used to do them and they really did make a difference.
Still have the book so think will get onto it again.

Judydreamsofhorses Sun 12-Jun-16 19:45:36

I do the 20 minute DVD for hips/bum a few times a week - it definitely works. I did it every night until my saddlebags were noticeably reduced, then just maintenance afterwards. The chat on the DVD is hilarious, "you will have a behind like a 10 year old", and the like.

gardenangels Sun 12-Jun-16 19:29:16

I have just started daily Callanetics and low carb diet. Want to loose 3 stone in 4 months...

Sillymegetsfit Thu 10-Mar-16 01:54:39

I've just begun am/pm Callanetics this evening. I've been wanting to get back into shape after having my daughter but can't seem to take bouncy workout DVDs anymore! They just make me dread the whole process!
I've done Callanetics off and on the last 10 years and thought I should try again and really stick with it this time to see what happens. Glad to see others have had some luck :-)

gerbiltamer Wed 08-Jul-15 18:12:34

Good luck. I will dig the book out of my parents' house.

Ghostlife Wed 08-Jul-15 01:13:31

I am just about to start 21 days of 10/10 Callanetics in the hope of seeing a huge difference.

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.

OneStepCloser Wed 26-Jun-13 10:46:20

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.

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