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  • Actors: Lara Hudson
  • 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: Gaiam - Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000MDH5JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Designed by the experts at Prevention magazine, this unique routine is designed to strengthen, tone and stretch every muscle in your body. The Pilates Core routine works the muscles in your abs and back while sculpting your hips, shoulders and legs. The Ballet Core workout elongates and firms your entire body so you'll stand taller and look slimmer. To achieve maximum results with these exercises, you can use the included resistance band, your own body weight, or hand weights for added intensity. Includes "Smart Ways To Live Well" bonus segments.

About the Actor

Lara Hudson is the co-owner of Mercury Fitness High Performance Pilates Studio in San Francisco. She is a Gold Standard Certified Instructor of the Pilates Method Alliance

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite pilates dvds!!!
agent of change
The DVD has "new" exercises that I've never seen before ( that's always a good thing) and it gives me a good workout.
Sarah B
They provide a 6 foot band you can use in this routine and I found that's helped a lot for my flexability.
Little Miss Cutey

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on May 12, 2007
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If you want to strengthen your muscles and tone up, then this is for you. I really like Prevention dvds because they are doable for almost everyone. They provide a 6 foot band you can use in this routine and I found that's helped a lot for my flexability.

In this, there is toning done standing up and a floor routine. It's a good way to help your posture and lengthen your muscles. It has a ballet inspired segment (for which you'll need some balance) and I love the unique way that you can choose which music you want - either relaxing or energising. I thought the instructor was really good and she cues well so you know what's up next.

The whole workout is done in under an hour and I've done it twice already and found it fun and it worked different muscles that I haven't worked out in a while. I'm going to continue doing this for a while yet, because I really like this one and recommend it to everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ADags on May 30, 2007
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This is a great relaxing video. If your having a tired day you can pop this in and just to a light modified workout, but if you want to build strength in you arms, abs, and legs, just add the resistant band and the free weights and you'll be toned in no time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on November 5, 2007
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I've bought a few Prevention fitness DVDs and found them uninspiring, a bit too much of the same old same old. I got this one because it had Lara Hudson's name on it, and I like her - she uses innovative takes on classic pilates moves,. her cueing is excellent - she gives you time to set up and explains the moves without wasting precious time - and she's pleasant without being loud or overly perky... no whooping, ever - thank gods! (Yes, I am super fussy..... )

This is yet another goody, and the only Prevention keeper. Afterwards, I felt muscles I hadn't felt in a while. There's a floor routine and a standing routine, both make use of the (included) band, but one modifier uses weights. Simpler AND more advanced moves are also demo'd. The whole routine comes to just under an hour. You can of course split it up. I enjoyed it, and it's going into my regular rotation.

I hope to see more DVDs by Lara Hudson.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on March 15, 2008
A few years ago, I was first in line to buy 10 10 Minute Solution Yoga, and I enjoyed it. Since then, I've tried out most of Hudson's other workouts, and I just haven't found anything as good as that release. Sadly, this was not an exception.

I like the concept: a two-part Pilates workout, half floorwork and half standing, enhanced by the band. I also liked a lot of the movements that she chose, particularly for the standing segment (they're calling this ballet, but I'm seeing a lot of the Pilates Standing Series there). Unfortunately, the movements in both segments take so long to set up that I feel like I lose a lot of the "work" I'd normally get in a more traditional and fluid Pilates program. While there were a couple of movements that made me feel like I was working (the standing Arabesque and prone Arm Circles among them), that was more the exception than the rule. I felt like I hadn't really worked out, and that was after almost 50 minutes. While I appreciate that I might have a more advanced Pilates practice than others, I think a workout that is billed for Intermediates and that includes two modifiers should provide some opportunities for progressing.

This might be challenging for beginners and low intermediates, but anyway past that point will probably not find that this was time well-spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2015
I haven't worked out for at least a month due to various circumstances so I was looking for a way to get back into exercising with DVDs. This looked like it would be a good all over body workout and it was. I also could appreciate that it was fun and creative. You can either do all the exercises with a band or two small weights. I used three-pound weights and that worked great.

There are four segments to this workout. First there is a lovely warm up section that takes a few minutes and really seemed effective to warm up the muscles. Next there was a core workout to strengthen the midsection and the shoulders and hips. This was followed by a ballet workout which makes you feel a bit like a dancer doing exercises like you'd see on a Pilates workout. Then finally there is a nice cool down stretch segment.

I found the twists and balancing challenges fun to do. I had to modify some of the things. Laying flat on my stomach to do some of the exercises was slightly uncomfortable. The starfish exercise was challenging. But I could do most of the exercises with no real problems. So I'd say this is good for beginners or intermediates.

The instruction was precise and careful. The instructor made absolutely no mistakes and was very pleasant to listen to. I also liked her segment on how to look 5 pounds thinner through posture realignment.

So if you are looking for a fun and creative all over body workout this may interest you. I rented it first but will probably buy it as I could feel it was toning all over and didn't make my back hurt.

~The Rebecca Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B on August 1, 2011
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I LOVE this DVD!
The instructor uses a stretch band for the exercises. She is flanked by 2 participants, one who is modifying her moves to use hand weights (more difficult), and the other particpant is modifying moves for a less strenous workout. I love this.
The instructor uses a 6" wide, 6 ft. long yellow band. I bought one of these and it's perfect for a beginner like me. I love using the band because it's gentler on the joints and I'm 58 yrs old. The DVD has "new" exercises that I've never seen before ( that's always a good thing) and it gives me a good workout. As I get more comfortable ( too comfortable?) with the yellow band, I will buy the next color "up" so I can increase my workout with the more intense band.
I highly recommend this video.
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