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10 Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners (2010)

Lara Hudson , Andrea Ambandos  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lara Hudson
  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

We have the solution for you, the 10 Minute Solution! Everyone can find at least ten minutes in their day, and we've developed 5 Pilates workouts that are just 10 minutes apiece. Each segment teaches the fundamental techniques and proper form required to reach those fantastic results that only Pilates can deliver! Compact and ultra-efficient, the 10 minute sessions fit into even the busiest of schedules. Split them into 5 separate workouts, mix and match your favorites to fit your schedule each day, or do them all together for one incredible, body sculpting 50 minute beginning Pilates workout.
Core Basics:
In this set you'll use proper positioning to strengthen your abdominals with maximum benefit, and you'll streamline your waistband using core fundamentals.
Lower Body Basics:
Learn how to stabilize your torso as you sculpt your hips, glutes and thighs. As a bonus, you'll get a nice core challenge workout while you create those long, lean legs.
Upper Body Basics:
This fluid segment will not only tone and trim your arms, but also help you develop beautiful definition in your back and shoulders.
Total Body Combo:
In these all-body exercises your hips, spine and shoulders will work harmoniously to strengthen and tone your body from head to toe. Look forward to a new lean physique!
Long & Limber Stretch:
This relaxing sequence can help you improve your posture while using Pilates principles to stretch your legs, spine and shoulders.

Customer Reviews

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Pilates for Beginners release February 28, 2011
I'm a Pilates and yoga instructor, but sometimes I like to follow along with someone else's instruction- turn off the "instructor" part of my brain and just focus on the movements. However, I've found that a lot of popular releases move too quickly for me to feel connected. As I've progressed in my practice, I've defined advanced not by how quickly we move or how many acrobatic moves we can squeeze in, but how well I can be cued to make my smaller muscles tremble.

I trembled here, and you will too. I loved the modifications she showed for the Hundred and the Roll Up in the Core Basics segment, and my triceps were burning halfway through the Upper Body segment- burning as in I needed to skip a few reps, and I felt them for the rest of the workout. I liked the set up for the Lower Body sequence, although Ronde de Jambe might be a bit much for someone just starting out with Pilates and she showed no modifications. I really, really loved the Stretch segment, particularly the Lunge sequence to stretch the hip flexors. Ah, heaven!

Recommended for the beginner to learn basics and anyone else who wants to get a connected Pilates workout.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout for everyone September 8, 2010
I like the instructor Lara Hudson and have done other ten minute Pilates workouts with her as the instructor. That is why, even though I consider myself at an intermediate level for Pilates, I decided to buy this beginner workout. She does good job giving cues on movements and breathing. Like all ten minute solution videos, you can program any combination of sections 1 though 5 below, so that your workout is 10 to 50 minutes long. All you need is a mat and comfortable clothes.

Core Basics

In this set you'll learn to use proper positioning and breathing to strengthen your abdominals with maximum benefit using core fundamentals of Pilates. You start with slow crunches to heat up the core and then went right into the classic 100 (hold crunch position and flutter arms) with legs at 90 or straight out position. Slowly curl down and then roll up bone by bone into seated "c curl." Next, take both hands on one knee with other leg stretched out and switch legs. Do 8 criss-cross elbow-to-knee moves. Lie on your side and stack legs on top of each other. Lift legs up. Switch sides. Lie on back. Bring legs up to table top position (bent legs). Roll body down without assistance of arms, if able. Do that a few times and then done.

Lower Body Basics

This section teaches you how to stabilize your torso as you sculpt your hips, Glutes and thighs. You will also use your core. Lie on your back. Slowly roll hips up and then down. Hold in this position. Next are table top leg hinges. Roll hips up. Lift first one leg up and hold the other in table top position. Then set leg back into starting position and roll hips down. Switch legs. Keep switching lifted leg a few times. Next, put one leg on ground and lift the other straight in air.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upper body workout - not for beginners January 30, 2011
I like that you can pick and choose the workouts. You can do one or choose combos. All you need is a mat. It would be helpful if she said how to breathe during the exercises more often. I do the lower body and core sections only from this DVD. The upper body workout is too hard- after 1 or 2 exercises, she goes into a military push-up position for exercises. It's too hard for me and I'm a beginner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the semi-fit October 12, 2011
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10 Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners is fifty minutes long and was released on September 7, 2010. Lara Hudson leads you on five different palates workouts. All five workouts are floor exercises with the exception of the last one. For Long & Limber Stretch you start on the floor and finish standing. Most of my workout tapes are just the opposite; you start standing and finish on the floor. Since Amy Hilliard goes into great detail on each segment, better then I would have, I will not try to explain each one. What I will say is Pilates for Beginners is for people who are in decent shape will be able to keep up with it. For overweight people like me, then it will take a while to find your grove. I mainly bought it because I am getting rid of my VHS exercise tapes and switching over to DVD. This is replacing my Denise Austin's Hit The Spot: Easy Toning which does not come in DVD and I wish it did. 10 Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners gets a B+.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro for total Pilates beginner! September 15, 2011
I have never done Pilates, and this was very very doable. I finished up the full session thinking "that wasn't so hard" and then as I was walking around I noticed that most of my muscles were trembling. Hunh. That's impressive. You definitely do not notice how hard you are working, and she generally doesn't push too far, it's just enough.

Two exceptions - I did have problem with the knee pushups with the feet in the air - that hurt my knees, and I just don't have the upper body strength yet, so I punked out halfway. Same with a side raise that went just that bit longer than I could do. But if I can only not do 2 exercise in 50 minutes she's doing things right.

One thing I noticed is that my neck is twinging slightly from some of the exercises with unsupported neck raise, I might look to see if there is a way to do a modification. People with neck problems might want to be proactive and do a modification from the beginning.

The instructor has a calm, measured approach that is obviously the result of a lot of advance scripting - some people might find that a bit stiff, but I actually really appreciated that she took the time to make sure of what she was going to say. A lot of workout instructors just have the weirdest things come flying out of their mouths. Lara's cuing was right on the money, and her explanations made sense.

In all, this is a really great exercise video, and I think it'll find a regular rotation... first exercise video in a while that has made me feel this positively!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow, great workout for only being 10 min
For one, she's actually a DVD workout instructor that I can stand to listen to, haha. She's very calming and explains everything very nicely. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginners DVD
This was my first Pilates DVD and I loved it....great for basic training on how to do this type of exercise
Published 1 month ago by amber gray
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love this and all 10 min solutions. The instructor is awesome and really does explain the moves well. I have no Pilates experience and am able to do these workouts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a gift
I bought my friend one and I decided to get one for me too. I recently started taking pilates classes and this will help me do them at home so I can get better
Published 1 month ago by QUEENKIITTY
5.0 out of 5 stars great for beginners
I love how the workouts are broken down into 10 minutes segments, the instructor was very helpful as well. Great for beginners.
Published 1 month ago by Ebony
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging.
Challenging for beginners but like it. It makes me sweat. Lara hudson is very professional and amazing instructor. Worth to have this one.
Published 1 month ago by j lee
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I love this dvd. the moves are easy and relaxing. The moves are slow enough for me cuz im not very experienced
Published 1 month ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and effective
I like the style of this video - it's simple and to the point.

The content is valuable and organized well if you just want to use the different portions.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Lang
2.0 out of 5 stars not a "beginner" video
you need quite a bit of core strength already established before being able to do any of these moves. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Billie Jo Meyers
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
I got this in the post today and started the first Core Basics 10 minute workout. I couldn't do half the poses. The person showing them to you is incredibly fit and thin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Mothers
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