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Crunch - Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend (2005)

Ellen Barrett  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ellen Barrett
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEXF8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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So here's a portrait of yoga in the 21st Century: this ancient discipline, created thousands of years ago to enhance the meditative experience (the asanas or poses commonly used in hatha yoga were in fact designed to enable meditators to sit quietly, calmly and comfortably for hours on end), is now "a total body blast," with users urged to "get hard core" and "feel the groove," all so "your torso will look buff." At least that's how Ellen Barrett, the relentlessly sunny instructor featured in Crunch Yoga's Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend, sees it. But while that approach may sound pretty frightening to traditionalists, this can't in fairness be viewed as a typical yoga video; nor does Barrett, who commingles power yoga moves and what she describes as "core-conditioning power pilates," make any claims that it is. Many of the poses--including Warrior II, extended right angle, cobra, locust, and others--will certainly be familiar to yogis. But instead of holding these poses for several breaths, as is common, Barrett takes a more aerobic approach, "pulsing" in and out of positions as if this were a calisthenics class; while that doesn't do much to promote stretching, it does generate a lot of heat and calorie burning. Same goes for the pilates portions, which involve a lot of leg lifts, abdominal work, and other mat-based exercises. One might wish that the instruction were more detailed when it comes to proper breathing, alignment, and so on; it's also a bit paradoxical that while the "Crunch philosophy" states that their fitness programs are designed for "people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size, or ability," the only folks we see onscreen are uniformly attractive, bare-midriffed young women in amazing shape. But hey, whatever. Call it what you will, this is a fast-moving, reasonably challenging program that will likely find favor with many. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Certified Pilates and fitness instructor Ellen Barrett presents a workout combining yoga moves with Pilates exercises to help tone, strengthen, and burn calories.
Genre: Exercise/Fitness
Rating: NR
Release Date: 7-FEB-2006
Media Type: DVD

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256 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super pilates yoga inspired routine... April 2, 2006
By Teedums
Format:DVD
I was pleasantly surprised with this workout, it is invigorating and relaxing but you will feel it working too. Ellen Barrett, who is known for her Crunch and more recently Self magazine workouts is back in what I feel is her best workout ever. Ellen is joined by 7 other ladies including Marni who shows some beginner modifications.

This 40 minute workout begins with some power breathing and standing backbends before moving into the first yoga series. You will move into warrior 2 and pulse while in that position, therefore called the "warrior pulse", then you will move into side angle pose, then reverse warrior, and sweep your arms around and down to the center for some power breaths up before repeating on the other side. This series is repeated a few more times, but with less warrior pulses. More power breathing finishes this series.

The next series is somewhat similar, but you will begin in triangle pose this time. Once in triangle, you will move back to warrior 2 but twist to the front and raise the arms up, hold them before lowering and twisting back to the front. This is repeated several times on the same side before doing on the other side. Next is the zigzag, Ellen's favorite move which targets the core. You will face front and extended your arms from side to side then scoop down and do the same thing. Then you will repeat the triangle series on each side again followed by the zigzag once more. Then you will move to triangle once more before moving to plank pose then do some knee cross crunches. Then you will stretch out first in downward facing dog, then childs pose.

The next series is the willow series which is much harder than it looks. You will begin in childs pose, then lift up your torso up while trying not to lift your rear from your heels.
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Challenging Blend Of Yoga and Pilates October 28, 2006
Format:DVD
I literally just walked off my mat from doing this program and wanted to give my freshest impression of it.

I've been doing Yoga daily for about 10 years and I added Pilates to my daily routine a little over a year ago. The combination is incredible (I also weight train intensely twice a week).

I've also got well over 100 Yoga and Pilates programs so I'm very familiar with much of what is out there.

I've liked some of the crunch programs I've done in the past and I also enjoy doing fusions of Pilates and Yoga (I have programs like Yogilates and several of the New Method programs). I thought this one looked very interesting so I picked it up when I saw it.

To start with, Ellen Barrett really impressed me as a teacher. She gives clear yet concise instruction and keeps the flow moving throughout the program. I found her to be motivating without being too peppy (I can't stand overly peppy and cheerleader like instructors).

The program is really cool, it starts with flowing yoga sequences where she takes several Yoga poses and links them together into a flow. This creates a lot of heat in the body and allows you to warm up and move deeper into the poses as you go through the sequences. I always like to start by playing my first edge in any Yoga pose and then move deeper into it gradually. With these sequences I liked the fact that I could do this same sort of deepening but with each sequence as a whole so by the time I was into the final sequence I was really deeply into the poses.

The entire program is done using this effective sequencing in both the Yoga and the Pilates inspired sections. I say Pilates inspired because while she uses Pilates exercises this is not traditional Pilates.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, tough workout :-) March 6, 2006
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This is another great workout from Crunch and Ellen Barrett. She's great in all the workouts of hers I have. She cues very well and this is no exception. This starts with standing yoga and moves onto floor/mat Pilates. The Pilates section is a little longer, and it includes mix of Pilates classics and weight-room-inspired toning routines. This is a good and effective mix of Pilates and Yoga. I really love this; it's relaxing and easy to incorporate into your other workouts about 4 times a week. All up, it's about 40 minutes.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottom line August 8, 2006
Format:DVD
I've been doing this dvd every day for a week and a half. Seriously, I can already see results. My husband mentioned last night that he can see the results as well. My thighs are much more defined and my stomach (the bane of my existence) is flatter. After just a week and a half.

I hate exercise, but seeing results this quickly keeps me motivated. I actually look forward to this dvd. I even get up at six a.m. to do this dvd before work and if you knew my night owl, cranky morning self, you would know that is a serious testament to how great this dvd is.

I have ordered Ellen Barrett's other pilates/crunch dvds. She's not annoyingly perky. Her assistants look like normal people.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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Ellen is very upbeat but calm, great presence, she won't bore you & not a fake/chatty instructor. It's set in the usual Crunch stage w/7 other women, one doing the modifications.
Warm Up: is some breathing w/raised arms, tiny back bends & small amount of squats.
Standing yoga: warrior 2 a lot, side angle, slight back bend on that leg placement, breath w/hands & squat & then repeat on other side. Do this 4x on each side. To rest is breathing w/raised arms & down to squats, then small spinal rolls from standing to squats.
Standing Yoga 2: Triangle, warrior 2, warrior 1 & repeat 3x more on that same side. The zig zag is simple arm reach up & down for rest & stretch, very easy/cute. The triangle, warrior 2, warrior 1 on other side 4x & zig zag again. Plank w/knee to chest several times, downward facing dog & child's pose to rest.
All fours Mat work 1: Child's pose to kneeling position w/arms always raised is called "willow" & done a few times. Next is dolphin which is plank on your elbows. Do those 2 exercises 3x more. Next is table yoga on hands/knees & balance on 1 hand & knee w/flexing the raised limbs slightly up.
All fours Mat work 2: Do locust (on stomach raise legs), next is only raise the torso a few times. Then from lying on stomach, go to child's pose back/forth for a spinal loosener & arm toning several times. Locust again with legs moving in scissor then the lying on stomach/child's pose again a few times, repeat 3x. Lying on stomach, leg circles & child's pose.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good "sore".
This was probably the 5th or 6th workout routine I've ever tried on my own, and I must say that it kinda rocked! For starters, it was incredibly easy to follow. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Angelica Bondy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any level of fitness!
Great for any level of "in-shape-ness"! You definitely feel like you got a good workout in about 45 minutes but don't ever feel like you're going to die during it!
Published 22 days ago by RJC
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. WORKOUT
BEST. WORKOUT. VIDEO. EVERRR! I live All of Ellen Barrett's videos, but this is my favorite and Super Slim Down is a close 2nd!
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flow, great instructor
Ellen Barrett is a great instructor. People need different motivating factors and I like her approach. She is what I would like to experience if I ever did a class. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mardou
5.0 out of 5 stars ... gift for my sister in law who LOVES stuff like this. Well received
Purchased as a gift for my sister in law who LOVES stuff like this. Well received.
Published 1 month ago by StephanieReviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school. The only reason I got it was ...
Old school. The only reason I got it was because of my niece and sister. But I should have got a newer version.
Published 2 months ago by Eileen Scudder
3.0 out of 5 stars a little boring, I personaly dont like yoga
a little boring,I personaly dont like yoga ,but other wise ok
Published 2 months ago by Tania Bonini
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Starter video that stays with you when you become advanced!
These four videos have kept me focused on working out. It seems like there is something for every mood, from cardio, to short videos for those on the run, Ellen is a great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing workout
Whenever I do this the first thing in the morning, I have a great day, feeling fresh till evening. I don't know how she achieves this with simple looking exercise sequences. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DallasMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning Workout
I've had this DVD for quite a while, and I still use it. It's a great morning stretch, and a good mix of yoga and Pilates.
Published 5 months ago by Dynamic 353
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what were your results with crunch super slimdown
This is a wonderful yoga/pilates inspired workout program. I use it maybe 2ce or 3 times a week, but i also do cardio every day and use light weights from time to time.
If you enjoy this workout, then you definitely would enjoy MTV Pilates with Kristen McGee. it's awesome.
Feb 1, 2011 by L. Starr |  See all 3 posts
Does anyone know why this is so expensive now?
I talked to Netflix recently and they said that the workout videos should be back up once they finish negotiating the licencing agreement with the company. so that is good, but I wanted to by the DVD's too and there doesn't seem to be any reason for it to be over $50.00. I don't get it!!
Aug 24, 2012 by Michelle Morrison |  See all 8 posts
Tell me about Ellen Barrett
This was my first one by Ellen Barrett. I love it!! It is a light workout but I can feel my muscles burning and working the whole time. I love the fact that it is very dynamic when I compare it to other pilates and yoga workouts I have had. I feel great after doing this DVD and even sweat a... Read More
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