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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prepare to get your butt kicked! Great workout that really sculpts the body. Love this workout...Published 2 months ago by Rockn Nurse
Great intro to Pilates style workouts with lots of variation for different levels of fitness so it will continue to grow with you as your strength improves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by stacybug
Nice relaxing core work out. Like the 10 minute intervals.Published 5 months ago by Angela Littlejohn
This DVD pushed me when I thought my body was getting used to the Body Scuplt DVD. My stomach got really flat using this DVD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tonya Brewton
Really intense workout especially for the core as advertised. I've been doing pilates for years and my abs were screaming after this workout and sore (in a good way) for 2-3 days... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mcastro
This is my go-to workout DVD for a quick strength training session. It is low impact but still intense, which is great for me because I have had a lot of lower back issues. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Moondog