10 Minute Solution: Pilates On The Ball
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Pilates for Abs-This section focuses of course on the abs, but the ball intensifies the movements. The other thing I enjoyed was that while I was familiar with many of the moves, there were some that were new or that put a new spin on the classic moves.
Lower Body Pilates-One of the areas of the body that I find especially hard to work is the inner thighs. This workout enables me to focus on them as well as the rest of my lower body.
Upper Body Pilates-I was expecting to use weights with this section, as with the other 10 Minute Solutions Fitness Ball workout, but was surprised when they were not going to be utilized. I wasn't sure if I would be able to work my upper body effectively or efficiently without weights, but I was pleasantly surprised. This workout is a departure from many upper body workouts that I have done and really enjoyed it.
Pilates for Flexibility- This section I used at the end of my workout. It was very relaxing and I could feel the muscles stretch after a very challenging 40 minute workout. I can see me just popping this on after a hard day at the office. It is relaxing, but stretches and relaxes all of your muscles very well.Read more ›
Obviously, each segment makes use of a stability ball and that enhances the effectiveness of the workouts. It's great for your core and they use it in here to help increase your range of motion and it adds a balance element. My favourite workout here is the abs section and like all the other workouts they do, you can program the workout to be done in any order or do only one or two or three etc workouts in one hit. It really is a no excuse workout because anyone can find the minimum of 10 minutes, and before you know it, you might even increase it to the maximum 50 minutes and while you're doing this, you're having fun. Lara is a great instructor and motivating too.
I highly recommend this to practically everyone. It's mainly intermediate to advanced, but doing shorter sections, beginners can gain a lot here too. It's great for a total body workout and it's fun. I enjoy it and hope you will too.
The first time I used this, I used the Abs, Total Body and Flexibility workouts. The DVD earned five-stars that night. Hudson effectively combined traditional mat Pilates with Reformer on the Mat movements in both the abs and total body sections. Yes, I have done the majority of the exercises before, including the difficult Pike and Shell, but her explanations and set ups helped me connect them to their Pilates origins and get more out of the exercise. The Flexibility section was deceptively thorough- I got off my mat feeling like I had stretched every muscle in my lower body, and that has been evading me for months.
In the interest of thoroughness, I did the Upper Body and Lower Body sections the next day. Wow- in the good way. The Upper Body segment used a lot of movements I've done before, but this time with just the right set up to get the most out of every muscle of my upper body. The Swan, Side Plank and Twisting (not sure of the actual name) felt amazing on my upper body- worked into the smaller muscles, but not so much that I couldn't move them afterwards. The Lower Body workout was also very effective, although probably a little bit more recognizable, with variations on the Single Leg Kick, the Double Leg Kick and Bridging. Regardless, I felt just as good when I got up off my mat the second time around as I did the first.
In addition to being tough on Lara Hudson, I am also someone who generally turns my nose up on workouts that use the ball (or band or weight or what not) in every single exercise. But I still loved this and would willingly do it again.
Two thumbs up!
The not so good bit: I personally found the music and atmosphere of the DVD rather hectic, that is to say not relaxing, and rather lacking the elegance and harmony of what Pilates, in my opinion, is all about.
I would not recommend this video for beginners as it is rather lacking in cues for breathing, and seems to assume a prior knowledge of the techniques of employing one's core strength.
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This is an edited post; I accidentally posted about a different 10 minute video product first.
Here's the accurate one:
I love the 10 minute video series! Read more
Previous to purchasing this workout DVD, I was not familiar with the 10 Minute Solutions line of videos, so I didn't quite know what to expect with such short workouts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Destiny Noel
This is one of my favorite exercise DVDs. You use your own body as resistance on the ball. Also you can mix and match your 10 minute routines or do all of them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah L.