Miranda Loves: Sleek Technique DVD Set

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Sleek Technique DVD

As those who have read my About Me page, or follow me on Instagram will know, I’m a huge fan of Sleek Technique, an online dance fitness company run by ex-professional dancers, Victoria Marr and Flik Swan. I generally do about 6 online live classes a week and get a little tetchy if I have to miss class several days in a row (seriously, who needs a social life?!). I love that the online classes allow me to workout from the comfort and ease of my livingroom, whilst still being able to chat to the instructors and other people in the class.

I was then naturally very excited to order Sleek Technique’s first DVDs, which arrived in the post this morning. 10 minutes after unwrapping the parcel, I’d popped the Sleek Full Ballet Sculpt DVD onto play and had selected the Upper Body and Arms workout. Phew, it was a tough 10 minute blast! I’m attending a wedding as a bridesmaid in 2 and 1/2 weeks though, and as my dress is strapless, I’m grateful for any extra upper arm toning I can get! The DVDs are great value for money: £24.99 gets you 3 DVDs, with 2x 60 minute and 1x 50 minute workouts. Each DVD is broken down into smaller workouts, though, so you can mix and match them.

If you’re looking for a fun (but effective! trust me, it’s tough!) way to negate the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas mince pies that are looming on the horizon, then I can’t recommend Sleek Technique enough. Although you don’t need any ballet or dance experience at all to do the live classes, I know that people can find the idea of them a little intimidating, in which case I’d definitely recommend starting with the DVDs and gaining familiarity and confidence with some of the steps at your own pace.

And now I’d better start getting ready for my class tonight! Do you workout from home at all? What are your favourite fitness methods?

  • Heather

    I love dancing and go to classes and also teach younger students 🙂 as for working out at home, I’ve tried the 30 day yoga challenge of youtube 🙂

    Heather x

    • Dancing is such a fun way to stay fit, isn’t it? How nice you teach as well! I haven’t heard of the 30 day yoga challenge – what’s it like?

      • Heather

        It’s a set of youtube videos, one a day for around 20 minutes for 30 days. It’s a bit of an introduction to yoga and I really enjoyed doing it 🙂

  • Lizzie

    I’m quite enthusiastic about exercising at home. After my daughter was born I frankly felt too fat to be allowed out, and so I got a Wii Fit. This worked well for a bit – when my daughter was very young it made it a lot easier to stick to an exercise routine because the little Mii characters were appealing, and then as she got older she started joining in with the yoga. I’m afraid my expenses couldn’t run to a second Wii Fit board, so I conned her with a white book to stand on!
    Around the 2012 Olympics there was a noticable mood swing towards health as a part of beauty; our role models changed; and publications like Vogue and Harpers started featuring people I genuinely found inspiring. I was never sporty – memories of PE and school sports are still abhorrant, so for me, this was the first time I could really connect the dots between then things that made up my life (babies, magazines, lipsticks etc) with the things I’d always been interested in but felt excluded from: yoga, nutrition, running…
    My faves dvds for workouts have been Rachel Brice’s belly dance dvd – there is a yoga for strength and support workout which is excellent – and Darcey Bussell’s Pilates dvd – utterly infuriating in terms of it’s presentation, but effective! I’ve recently had an “AHA!” moment though, with Tai Chi. It is more gentle than hardcore but a good thing in a stressful world 🙂
    The Sleek Technique dvds sound fantastic! I wonder if you have done any Ballet Beautiful classes/dvds? If so, how would you compare? I really want to be good at Ballet Beautiful but even the warm up kills me 🙂

    • Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. Yes, it’s so true that it has become much more fashionable to have a good level of fitness (with the whole ‘fit not thin’ motto). I’m so happy this is the case – fitness has always been important to me, and it’s wonderful to have some truly inspirational women celebrated. I’ve also always abhorred any kind of sports and got into trouble at school for constantly skipping P.E.! I grew up doing 21 hours a week of ballet, and I’m so happy to have found a programme that works the muscles the same way and is a return to some of the beautiful movements I came to love. I used to do loads of Ballet Beautiful, before I discovered Sleek Technique. I still do some of the BB DVDs, and enjoy them, but I have to say Sleek is definitely my favourite! It’s *so* *so* much more affordable them BB, for one thing. I love being able to do the mix of live and streamed online classes, which Sleek offers to members for £48 a month, as opposed to Ballet Beautiful’s $280 a month, which I could never afford (and even a single live class is $35, as opposed to Sleek’s £7-£10 for a single live class). Also, the truly greatest thing about Sleek (in my opinion) are Flik and Victoria, the founders. They are so incredibly lovely and still teach the majority of the classes, so you’re in the care of people who really know their stuff! They helped me get over a knee injury that has niggled me for years, and they’re so kind and encouraging, offering lots of ways to work at different levels if you’re finding certain moves too tough. If you’re struggling with Ballet Beautiful, I’d def recommend Sleek – the ‘beginner’ level classes that you can watch online are a good place to start, as they’re a bit easier. Also, try a live class where the instructors will always help you out! Sorry to be going on and on – you’ve just got me going on one of my favourite subjects!!! I can’t help myself – I adore sharing the things I love! Hope you’ve found this a little useful anyway 🙂

      • Lizzie

        I’m going to have a go at a beginner class while my little one is at school next week (so she can’t “help”). I will let you know how it goes! I’m aware there’s a huge gap between what I want to be able to do and what I actually can do, so fingers crossed 🙂

        • I *adore* Strictly Come Dancing (not that that’s probably much of a surprise!). I’m excited you’re trying out a Sleek Class – do please let me know how it goes (and give me a wave if you’re ever in a live class!). Enjoy those plies…. 😉 xx

          • Lizzie

            I’ve just had a go at the free 15 minute class…….oh my, it is so much fun! Although I’m not sure I can stand up anymore.
            Definitely going to have a go at something else next week.
            Thanks for the recommendation!

          • Oh yay! So glad you enjoyed that one. Don’t worry – I’m much the same. Sleek *always* kills my glutes, even now I’ve been doing it for months! Let me know how you get on with the other videos 🙂 xx

          • Lizzie

            So not being able to move properly the next day is normal? 😉

          • Completely normal 😉 xx

  • Lizzie

    Also, do you have a barre at home Miranda? Or do you hang off the radiator or something? 🙂

    • I do have a barre! I ordered it from the Sleek Technique website. I did use a chair for a while (and you certainly don’t have to have a barre to do the workouts), but I find a barre easier, especially for when I want to do some more serious stretching. The one I have is terrific – super light and portable!

  • Kristina Collins

    I still really want to try Sleek Technique–it sounds amazing–must get my life organized! And very envious of your barre 🙂 xx

    • Oh yes, Kristina, you should try it! I’m sure you’d enjoy it – it’s so much fun! (and it would be fun to wave at you in class hehe). xx