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Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

Learn More About Barre Method Level One

Barre Method Level One CD Art

Barre Method Level One CD Art

This workout will change the shape and feel of your entire body. You will be transformed by performing these small, powerful movements.

You will need a sturdy chair, counter, piece of furniture, or you can purchase a ballet barre. Light hand weights and an exercise mat will be useful but not mandatory.

We have designed this workout so that it can be done as a whole or in segments. You can mix and match the components to tailor a routine that's right for you on any given day.

This workout is not recommended for people with knee problems.

Jennifer Kern describes each move thoroughly and is a pleasure to listen to with her upbeat nature and encouraging, descriptive style.

Listen to Sample

Buy Barre Method Level One from BlindAlive

If you are interested in purchasing a barre for yourself, this is the one I have and I like it very much.

Fitness Descriptions Provide More Detail

These detailed fitness descriptions are in addition to our audio programs. They explain in more detail the exercise movement, as well as modification, in both audio and text format. They were created by a blind exercise advocate to make the exercises easier to understand and provide a more in depth workout experience. Below is just a sample of a few movements in this workout program. Fitness descriptions are included with every workout.

Segments and Track List

There are 7 different segments to the Barre method level one workout, each segment has a list of exercises you will find below.

1 - Introduction

2 - Warm-Ups

1 - Plie and First Position, 2 - Second Position, 3 - Step Tap with Arm Sequence, 4 - Marching with Arm Sequence

3 - Arms

1 - Overhead Press, 2 - Front Raise, 3 - Arm Pulses Up, 4 - Criss Cross, 5 - Arm Rows, 6 - Lateral Arm Raises, 7 - Rotator Cuff Pulses, 8 - Tricep Extension Pulses, 9 - Tricep Extension Pulses In, 10 - Triceps Bend and Stretch, 11 - Triceps Deep Bend and Stretch, 12 - Tricep Push-Ups, 13 - Child Pose, 14 - Arm Stretches

4 - Thigh Work

1 - Thigh Chair Pulses, 2 - Chair Pulses Up and Down, 3 - Thigh Squeezes In, 4 - Squats, 5 - Calf Raises, 6 - High Heel Chair Pulses, 7 - High Heel Chair Pulses Up and Down, 8 - High Heel Inner Thigh Squeezes, 9 - High Heel Squat, 10 - High Heel Outer Thighs, 11 - High Heel Clams, 12 - High Heel Tail Tucks, 13 - High Heel Tail Tuck Pulses, 14 - Kneeling Lunge Thigh and Side Stretch, 15 - Downward Facing Dog

5 - Glute Work

1 - Introduction to Glute Work, 2 - Straight Leg Lift Pulses, 3 - Straight Leg Circles, 4 - Bent Knee Pulses, 5 - Bent Knee Up and Hold, 6 - Figure Four Glute Stretch

6 - Core Blaster

1 - Half Curl, 2 - Half Curls with Arm Floats, 3 - The Hundreds, 4 - Bicycles, 5 - Double Leg Stretch, 6 - Double Leg Lift, 7 - Scissors, 8 - Back Dancing Tail Tucks, 9 - Back Dancing Thigh Squeezes In, 10 - Pelvic Lift

7 - Stretch

1 - Introduction to Stretch, 2 - Spinal Twist, 3 - Butterfly Stretch, 4 - Lateral Side Stretches