Louise Solomon's Yoga & Pilates
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There is an general intro about the benefits, general warnings & guidelines & what equipment you will need such as blanket, stretchy bands, etc. for 6 min, then her stting in a room alone showing you how to breathe deeply normally & toning abs when you breathe out using a stretchy band for 3 min. Next is her talking about your body's structure & aligment for 2 min.
The workout is done on a stark white stage/place w/her in back in a pink top/blank pants w/6 women in the foreground helping to demonstrate w/some modifying.
WORKOUT ONE starts at the 12 min. mark w/everyone laying down & almost a meditative start for 2 min before doing head rolls. Then breathing w/emphasis with ab use & then tilting the hip aligment to slightly stretch the abs/lower back. Next is raising the head slightly for very modified curl up to regular curl ups, then curl ups with elbows to bent knees til the 20 min mark.
Next is straight leg raises, then bent legs to chest for stretching, more straight leg raises w/1 bent leg, then bent knee spinal twist, then repeated to the other side for total of 4 min.
Next is using the stretchy bands sitting up around bent knees for spinal posture, then arm resistance, then leaing back & back up to sitting for abs & back for 5 min.Read more ›
For the past month, I have been doing this workout at least 3 times a week. My muscle tone is almost back to where it was when I quit exercising, and I have lost over 5 pounds without drastically changing my eating habits (in fact, I tend to eat a little more than I used to - my metabolism must be speeding up). The clothes that were once tight on me are now falling off. Even my injured ankle has been strengthened by the workout. I am now able to do some of the high impact workouts I was doing (although not quite as strenuously as I used to).
Louise Solomon promises that you will lose weight and tone muscle through this workout, and she certainly does not disappoint. Plus, this is a great way to relax after a stressful day at work. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be healthier.
I love this DVD. I did some yoga in my twenties, so I am little familiar with it. But I was totally unfamiliar with pilates.
I am also no longer in my twenties, but overweight and out of shape. So I was looking for an exercise program that I could actually do and one without a lot of jerky/straining movements.
The pace on this is good -- I never feel rushed. It may, at first, even appear easy, but some of the poses/exercises are rather challenging. I am still working on doing all of them correctly, especially those in the second workout.
There are two workouts. The first one uses bands and is mainly pilates. The second one incorporates more yoga and less band work -- only a few of those exercises use bands. I have found I really enjoy using a band, it enables me to do some exercises I might not have been able to do otherwise and it also offers resistance. Resistance seems to speed up the toning process.
Note that no bands are included, so I recommend the Gaiam bands.
After using this dvd a month, I have found that I am standing straighter -- it seems my back has more strength -- and my stomach is flatter. I also feel more energized.
You can't ask for much more than that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding, if you have back problems. I no longer need pain pills.Published 24 days ago by Erich L
I have been using this DVD almost daily. I have tried other yoga divd's but this one is better. It helps with back spasms and arm/leg pain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Evie
I really love Louise Solomon's Yoga & Pilates DVD! I use it mainly as a cool down exercise program after doing the Beachbody 21-Day Fix 30-minute exercise routine each day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Betricia
Excellent exercise tool for any level of functioning. It helps you improve stamina at your own pace and loose pounds.Published 6 months ago by shirley A. Smith
Excellent for any level, especially for any beginner, in any type of exercise... She really focus' on breath and proper body alignment , before doing any exercise.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by pen
I bought it as used-but it was brand new! Very happy with workout as well.Published 9 months ago by Edie Valentine
I tried a Yoga video once. I found it as helpful and interesting as watching grass grow (actually I think watching grass grow is more interesting). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary C. Bosco
Glad to have this workout, it's great for getting back in shape.Published 14 months ago by Way Outback