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Fred DeVito , Elisabeth Halfpapp , James Wvinner  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fred DeVito, Elisabeth Halfpapp
  • Directors: James Wvinner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acacia
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZI23G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Bonus workouts
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Editorial Reviews


FitSugar Readers' Top 8 Favorite Fitness DVDs -- FitSugar

Five 10-minute segments that work every part of your body, especially the ones you never knew you had. -- Albany Times Union

For those seeking real results, the DVDs are the perfect fusion of fitness and fun. -- American Spa magazine

It's the overall feel that makes these programs unique -- low-key instruction combined with an intimate, spa-like setting, plus a personal-trainer-style focus. -- USA Today

Prevention Tested: 5 New DVDs We Love! Target each muscle group with laserlike precision -- Prevention magazine

The Best "Core" Workout I've Tried -- Real Simple Magazine blog

Winner -- Health magazine's America's Healthiest Buys award - fitness DVD -- Health Magazine

You have nothing to lose but your thighs. -- Dolce Dolce Newsletter

Product Description

"Exhale’s Core Fusion will tone you from head to toe" --Prevention

A quarter of a million people have transformed their bodies at the exclusive Exhale Spa--now you can get these same results at home.

Named "Best Fusion Class" by New York magazine, this unique program is one of the quickest, most effective ways to get a thin, sleek physique. In five segments of 10 minutes each, the Pilates-based moves deliver washboard abs, perfectly sculpted arms and shoulders, and a tighter, higher backside—fast.

The secret to Core Fusion Pilates Plus is that it works from the inside out, integrating your core with every move. The deep-toning approach goes far beyond the surface muscles, working hard-to-reach areas that traditional exercises can’t reach. Infused with yoga-inspired postures and core-conditioning exercises, this invigorating workout produces real results and will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Core Fusion creators Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp have over 50 years’ combined experience teaching Pilates, yoga, dance, and Tai Chi, disciplines that inform the Pilates Plus workout. They are founding team members of Exhale, a leading mind/body spa with locations around the country.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEALED MY BACK!!! December 21, 2008
I hurt my back, was unable to fold forward, or sit. When given the go ahead by my doctor to move again, I found the Core Fusion Pilates DVD, and the Core Fusion Body Sculpt DVD, to be the only workouts that I could do without increasing my injury. In fact, it helped do the exact opposite and helped HEAL my back. After 6 weeks, I went from having a severe condition to being clean and clear. I did not take any drugs. I went to the chiropractor regularly, iced my injury, and did Core Fusion, and I feel better than ever!!! Not to mention I lost inches from my waist and hips, and am the strongest, leanest, and most flexible I have ever been! This dvd is AWESOME and empowering!
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another take on the Lotte Berk Method December 10, 2008
The creators of this DVD- and the Core Fusion program at Exhale Spa- were instructors for the Lotte Berk Method years ago. As such, there program has the same elements- ballet exercises (they demonstrate with a chair instead of a barre), yoga, Pilates and orthopedic exercises. This release emphasizes more yoga (lots of planks and stretches) and their take on Pilates principles (they fall into the "tuck" school vs. the neutral spine). Based on the clips of the companion Body Sculpt release, it looks as if that one emphasizes more of the ballet work.

Others have criticized the amount of stretches in this and other Lotte Berk Method derivatives, but I think that's one of the method's strengths (no pun intended). I like that they integrate the stretches into the sets so they are difficult to skip- people don't stretch enough, particularly through their hips- but I'd prefer that they both waited a breath or two longer before the stretches began and held them for a longer period of time.

This release contains no weights- "just" body resistance. They more than make up for that with a long plank sequence and their variant on Knee Dancing (who knew that could work your obliques so well?). The star of the release is probably going to be Pure Core segment. While they include some classics like the Roll Up and some crunch variants (my least favorite ever), it's their take on the flat back work that might leave you breathless. First they start with a rounded back in a seated position then move the legs together, bent, straight, on the ground, and lifted, with variations of all. Then they do the same against a wall. This tough, and you'll feel your abs as well as your upper body and quads.

I thought this was a challenging practice, but maybe a little too much.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PILATES "A" PLUS! December 2, 2008
Exhale: Core Fusion Pilates Plus

I absolutely love this program. I am a Pilates lover and although this is not a typical Pilates routine - the practice is based on Pilates principles - it's great to throw in, tone and sculpt, and mix things up. The instructors are easy to follow and explain each move thoroughly. It's no wonder this spa is so popular with the stars - I can feel a burn instantly. I highly recommend this program for any Pilates lover looking to mix up their practice and try something new.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I agree fully with YogaGirl's great review. I finally rented this recently after seeing the trailer, and I thought I could get past he robotic sounding voiceover, but knew it could be an issue.
Within 5 minutes it reminds me of being in school where they suck the life out of you, or any idea of creativity, fun & enjoyment. The voices of Fred & Elizabeth are so devoid of emotion, they are robotic. Everything is said carefully & with the intention of only burning calories or strengthening muscles, there's no body awareness intention. Fred always has an uncomfortable or pained look & Elizabeth has also an uncomfortable fake smile most times.
The production qualities are top notch, the expensive spa theme is beautiful, but too relaxing, it cemented with the voices of me wanting to sleep rather then move & the music is so bland I don't even notice it. Having Fred show the moderate to hard levels of the exercises while Elizabeth did the more modified versions was great.

Workout Chapters:
Upper Body Core - push ups, forearm planks, etc.
Thigh & Gluteus Core - kneeling & leaning back with different arm movements, camel, cat/cow, hands/knees w/leg lifts, seated spinal twist
Flat Back/Round Back Core - sitting & just lifting the legs straight or bent at different angles/degrees to work the abs & different parts of the gluts/thighs are great & more challenging then they look (really works great, good for while watching tv or on the phone!).
Pure Core - crunches, holding crunches w/leg lifted static (really works great, good for while watching tv or on the phone!).
Core Flexibility - resting at first, then yoga bridge, stright leg to face stretch, reclined yoga twists, etc.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toning integrated with the mind-body connection August 18, 2009
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I was surprised at how much I've enjoyed this video. I do 1-2 segments weekly tacked onto other exercise, so it's really easy to fit into my routine and I've found these to be quite intense bursts. I'm sure the whole video done at once would feel energizing from head to toe.

I've been doing pilates for 10 years and no longer have time to attend classes. I'm sure the Exhale classes are great in person, but I don't have much time or the $35 per class to go to them! I've done a few barre videos in my day, many are forgettable. I just can't get into Callanetics or Lotte Berk, the videos I've done for them I've dubbed "body-perfecting barre-torture DVDs" full of weird thrusting and repetition. Not so with this DVD!

The instruction is in clear voice over. The instructors, who I found out are married but the chemistry is very low-key, are attractive without being intimidating and they even keep their abs covered so I'm not sad I'll never look like that and can focus on the strengthening benefits I'm getting. Most importantly, they have very grounding voices and guidance.

The segments are divided by what part of the body is being worked. The one focused on pure core was brutal in a good way, and I found the glutes one remarkable as I felt muscles I didn't know I had working. The moves seem to have a deep impact! They balance each section with a walking-in-place warmup and a stretch, and the final stretch is very relaxing.

This is, bottom-line, user-friendly. This relaxed approach is not passive, there's intensity. Overall, it's very balanced.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Carol Caiazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tape for Toning Up
Good tape for toning.
Published 14 days ago by Amy Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite pilates video
Great video, great instructors, great routines! Love that it is divided into 10 minute sections and that it has modification options for beginners
Published 28 days ago by Shelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Whyyy?
I got this from the library & I was surprised when I saw the first exercise! I guess these people don't believe in warming up BEFORE you begin exercising because I can't see myself... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lady V8SS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout
These two teachers are great. Give you alternatives when your fitness level isn't as high as you would like. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie hojnacki
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I bought this to go along with my yoga dvds. It is a very thorough version that I use in the morning to jump start my metabolism.
Published 4 months ago by DinDada
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Pilates
This is not your ordinary Pilates. The workout was a bit different than what I'm used to doing, but it still kicked my butt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased !
I'm limited as to what I can do and this work out I've modified it a little. When sitting in a chair and other moves I can do . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Targeted Short Sections
Good combination of Pilates and some extras that help tone and get in shape.

Very focused and targeted, so select what you want and go for it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jessica Adjei
5.0 out of 5 stars very effective
I work out with several DVD's and I must say this one, along with core fusion thighs & glutes has made quite a difference in
just a couple weeks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by karen schwartz
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