Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre

Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre

by Helen Vanderburg

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Combine fitness, Pilates, yoga, and barre, and what do you get? An incredible workout that will engage you, challenge you, and change the way you exercise.

Welcome to Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre, the program shaped around your preferences, needs, and goals. You’ll discover an approach combining four disciplines that will help you gain strength, muscle definition, flexibility, balance, and overall mind–body health. Fusion Workouts guides you through a five-step system accounting for your fitness level, goals, time available, activity preferences, and more. Then select from 15 ready-to-follow workouts, or mix it up and create your own.

You’ll find more than 100 exercises and poses along with easy-to-follow guidelines for sequencing them for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, and enjoyment. More Pilates and yoga with less barre? Less yoga and more fitness? No problem. This is your workout!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492521389
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 241,207
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helen Vanderburg, BPE, is owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness, Yoga and Spin Studio and the creator and program developer of Fusion Fitness Training. With a career in fitness beginning in 1982 and experience as a group fitness instructor, yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, personal trainer, and educator, she is an innovator in the fitness industry. She has taught and trained instructors on fusion exercise and Fusion Fitness Training since 2000. Vanderburg is a highly respected leader and conference speaker at regional, national, and international events, presenting at more than 20 conferences annually.

Vanderburg holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology physical education and is certified in yoga, Pilates, TRX, ACE group fitness, and several CanFitPro fitness disciplines. She has received numerous industry awards, including the IDEA Instructor of the Year in 2005 and CanFitPro Presenter of the Year in 1996, 2006, 2013, and 2015. She’s also a consultant, education developer, and spokesperson for some of the world’s most influential fitness companies, including Schwinn Cycling, BOSU, and Total Gym. Vanderburg has been a fitness columnist for numerous magazines and newspapers, including Fitness, Self, Chatelaine, Flare, and the Calgary Herald.

Vanderburg has a lifelong passion for fitness and sport. In 1973 she became Canada’s junior champion in synchronized swimming. At the 1978 World Aquatics Championships in Berlin she won the gold medal in both the solo and duet categories. In 1978 and 1979 she received the Elaine Tanner Trophy and in 1979 she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. Because of the Canadian boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, she was unable to compete in the first Olympic Games to include synchronized swimming. She was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985.

Vanderburg lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Table of Contents

Part I Foundation of Fusion Workouts

Chapter 1 What Are Fusion Workouts?

Benefits of Fusion Workouts

Principles of Fusion Workouts

Fusion Five-Step System

Chapter 2 Getting Started

Understanding Core Conditioning

Preparing for Your Fusion Workout

Gathering Equipment

Practicing Safely

Chapter 3 Mindfulness and Intention

Connecting Thought With Positive Action

Employing Mindful Practices

Setting An Intention

Part II Fusion Exercises

Chapter 4 Warming Up




Sun Salutation

Chapter 5 Standing Strength, Balance, and Flexibility Exercises



Single-Leg Balance

Chapter 6 Floor Strength, Balance, and Flexibility Exercises



Front-Lying Position

Tall Seated Position

Side-Lying Position

Abdominal Brace Position

Shoulder Bridge

Chapter 7 Calming and Restorative Exercises

Forward Bends


Hip Releases

Chest Releases

Side Bends

Soothing Exercises

Part III Fusion Workout System

Chapter 8 Fusion Workouts by Level




Chapter 9 Fusion Workouts by Time

20 Minutes

40 Minutes

60 Minutes

Chapter 10 Fusion Workouts by Purpose

Core Conditioning

Full-Body Conditioning

Lower-Body Conditioning

Upper-Body Conditioning

Restoration and Relaxation

Chapter 11 Fusion Workouts by Activity



Pilates Core

Yoga-Pilates Blend

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Helen Vanderburg is one of the world’s leading fitness instructors and educators and has turned her lifelong passion for health and fitness into creating a fitness program that works for all ages and fitness levels. Fusion Workouts is simple to follow and highly effective, combining the best of fitness, Pilates, yoga, and barre into dozens of sequences. It’s a must-have for a fun, practical, and easy-to-use workout program.” 

Jay Blahnik-- Author of Full-Body Flexibility and Fitness Instructor of the Year for IDEA, canfitpro, and FILEX

“As an international presenter, trainer, and leader in the field of fitness and exercise, Helen Vanderburg has educated and trained thousands of professionals and consumers alike. Her engaging teaching style and genuine passion to help people get fit and healthy make Fusion Workouts a must-read for everyone looking for easy-to-follow workouts.”

Maureen (Mo) Hagan, BScPT-- Certified Fitness Professional, Vice President of Fitness Innovation for GoodLife Fitness, Education and Events Director for canfitpro

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Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CatheMarie More than 1 year ago
What a great book! As it says on the cover, Fusion Workouts, are a combination of several disciplines. Ms. Vanderburg has written a book that will be helpful to novices and those with years of experience. She explains how everything in detail and has a lot of pictures. There are workouts by level, time, purpose and activity for strength, balance and flexibility. There are so many ways to do the workouts you won't be bored with your routine.