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Prevention Fitness Systems - Slim, Strong & Firm by Lara Hudson (2007)

Lara Hudson  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000MDH5JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

Product Description

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.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great toning workout ;-> 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Multiple levels for all May 30, 2007
By ADags
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
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff November 5, 2007
By Cikk
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High beginner to low intermediate at best 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous ! August 1, 2011
By Sarah B
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! April 13, 2011
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I buy a lot of workout videos and I can't tell you how many sit on the shelf b/c after one or two times, they just bore me to death. I think I have every video Lara Hudson made. She is so NOT annoying. She's easy to follow and I actually look forward to doing the workouts. This particular video is good for beginners, intermediates and advanced! You can feel the burn the next day so I know I'm getting a good workout! (Just remember to rotate your workouts, so you keep "feeling the burn")
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right pace right degree of difficulty July 23, 2007
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The instructions are clear, the movements are simple yet challenging if you want to make them flow. The class is not so exhausting that you cannot do it every day (or very other day in combination with something else). I also like the fact that the class is divided into 2 segents one pilates one ballet core- so that you can do one 1/2 if you have a very limited amount of time. The key for me was to figure out how to place the band so that it would not snap out. I would recommend this tape. actually, I bought the same for my mother- who loves it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite pilates dvds
Lara did it again. One of my favorite pilates dvds!!!
Published 1 month ago by agent of change
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Like Lara Hudson a lot. Her cueing and voice is just like an instructor at the gym. I felt the movements when adding the band.
Published 5 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice
This is a good DVD. I'd originally gotten at the library. It shows different levels simutaneously, so you can follow the person at your level.
Published 19 months ago by Teresa Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Two workouts (Pilates and ballet) using a toning band or optional...
I recently came across this DVD at a used book sale. I've been trying to add more Pilates workouts into my fitness schedule, and shorter routines particularly appeal to me, so... Read more
Published 22 months ago by doctor_beth
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely satisfactory. That's as far as I'll go.
I think that this video would be excellent for anyone just getting started into a workout routine. As always, Lara Hudson is an excellent instructor. Read more
Published on March 5, 2011 by Neophyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Beginners
I bought this because of so many good reviews. But it wasn't my cup of tea.

Just some background on me: I am 25 and wanted to get into exercising. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by SimplyStated
5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse, different moves
This gets everything. The moves are somewhat involved, you have to pay attention where to place the band. Alot of variey that I havent seen in other workouts. Read more
Published on October 4, 2008 by love2workout
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow moving
this was well done but too much explanation at the beginning of each exercise. Once thru I got impatient waiting for her to explain.
The Exercises are helpfull though.
Published on January 7, 2008 by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Bands for Pilates
What a great idea and so fun. Just what Pilates needs for the arms.
Published on August 4, 2007 by Nat Shriver
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