Ten Minute Solutions: Pilates
In all honesty I would rate this DVD as a 7 out of 10 with 10 being the best. The workout is broken up into 5 sections that are organized into 10 minute sections. This gives you the option of doing 10 minutes of pilates or 50 minutes of pilates.
The Likes: You can do the whole workout with your shoes off. This is FABULOUS. I REALLY like the arms segment “sculpting pilates” and the “pilates for buns and thighs.” I also like that you can choose which order you do things in for example you can work your abs, arms, buns, cardio, flexibility OR you can get the cardio out of the way first and then your buns, abs…. I like that you can make your own workout as you can with all ten minute solutions.
Dislikes: The instructor doesn’t do each side equally. I hate this. One would expect you do 8 reps on the left to 8 on the right…but she doesn’t quite to it that way. For example, at times she will have you start an exercise and while one is holding and squeezing one’s left butt cheek with your bum in the air she will go off in a tangent and explain the concept behind the exercise. After her explanation, she then does the full exercise with several reps. But when it comes to switching to the right leg, there is no “hold” period so the right side doesn’t get the same exercise as the left side. Gah, it annoys me so much. I also think she should have a beginner version and an advanced version. Having her explain and SLOWLY show us “The Mermaid” every time borderlines ridiculousness.
(I tried to get a picture of Gooner and myself here but she wouldn’t cooperate.)
It isn’t an intense workout, which is nice IF you want to do 10 or 20 minutes after a run. I tend to feel a little jiped if I do the full 50 minutes as my workout. I NEVER end up sweaty and I feel like I used my muscles as opposed to seriously working them out. But if you alternate a strong cardio day and follow up with this workout the next day it IS a good workout.
Have you tried pilates? Do you like it?
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