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Works, but at what cost?
Member Name: Feathers
Date: 20/08/00, updated on 20/08/00 (4680 review reads)
Advantages: I did get a flatter stomach
Disadvantages: Back problems, long and complicated routines
I did Callanetics for years and, yes, it did work. I certainly toned up my flabby bits and became more flexible. I then went through a very unhealthy period and became very unfit indeed! When I got back into exercise the fitness world had moved on and I decided to try other things. It's then I realised what a complete waste of time Callanetics had been. I did four one hour sessions a week of Callanetics and they actually took longer once I had moved all the furniture around to set up a makeshift barre etc. Callanetics involves no cardiac work whatsoever so anyone who is into fitness would need to add on some aerobics sessions. I have found that I can achieve the same results nowadays with short workouts using weights. The complicated and uncomfortable Callanetics bottom-toning exercises have been replaced with lunges. The worst thing about Callanetics is that I constantly suffered from back pain when I did it. I rather stupidly thought this was due to being unfit and it would soon go. Recently I picked up a fitness magazine and read a piece on how Callanetics had lost favour with the fitness world and back problems was one of the reasons. If you do still fancy Callanetics I'd advise you to go to a class (if they still have them), but you'd probably be better off doing pilates.