As you’ve probably gathered by now, I enjoy nontraditional exercise. I’m really not sure what the pull is for me – maybe I just dislike the pounding, the jumping, the mindless sweating. But I still want to get good workouts – programs that I can feel, that I can see, and that I know from personal experience work – those are programs I am drawn to. I’m up for trying just about anything. A few years ago, I came across the original Callanetics videos and started them. Besides the crazy 80s vibe, the weird music, and Callan’s “perfect little peach” terminology, I did enjoy it.
So when I more recently saw there is an online program – The Callanetics Studio – that offers online classes (some for free on youtube as well), I was very happy to try it out! While it is still the Callanetics that Callan Pinckney developed, there are little tweaks and improvements as well. I love the focus on proper body alignment, of really listening to every muscle and fiber of your body, or relaxing while at the same time pulsing (which in some ways is easy, yet hard!). The instruction is very detailed, and I never got lost or felt like it was at a pace that wasn’t right. It’s definitely a program you can grow with, that’s for sure!!! I found myself feeling extremely relaxed and calm, but never tired, after completing a workout. The owner and co-owner, Sandra and Adelaide, are so sweet and so personable! The online workout option really makes you feel like you’re a part of a class – the environments are bright and clear, sunny, and high quality. Love their accent too. The only issue whatsoever I had with the online format (and more an issue with my setup and computer, not the concept) was that I could not see the screen well when doing the floor work, and at times my computer would cause the videos to buffer. But I would just pause the workout and let the entire thing load and then play it through. I am focusing more heavily on another program this month, but I plan to sign up and start The Callanetics Studio again next month, just make sure to make my environment more conducive to seeing a small computer screen!
Besides the great variety of workouts they offer, from beginning to expert, from very short to very long, they also have a blog and a cafe, which are areas you get to learn more about them, the program, ask questions if you need help, and connect with others who are also doing Callanetics. HERE is a recent blog article Adelaide wrote that’s definitely worth a read (as are all of the blog posts).
The Callanetics Studio Youtube Channel (great to get an overview of their workouts!)
Pricing is very affordable, with the first month being $6.95 and then $14.95 a month after, or $145 for a yearly membership.
As amazing as it would be to train with them in Australia, the reality of that happening for most of us would be nonexistent. But with their online classes, you can feel as if you are with them and do so at a time that’s convenient for you.
Here is a preview for one of their full workouts (emphasis on the butt and thighs, definitely the areas I need the most emphasis on!)
I’d love to know your thoughts on Callanetics! Have you ever heard of it before – did you try the original Callanetics? Are you up for trying a month of The Callanetics Studio? I definitely don’t think you’ll regret it!
** I was given a month free in exchange for my honest review.**