Crunch - Fat Burning Pilates
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Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness! Get the best of both worlds and the most for your effort with this winning combination: calorie-burning cardio along with Pilates-based toning. Impact safe yet so effective, it maximizes your fat-burning potential. You'll start with easy-to-follow cardio that skillfully blends dance and low impact cardio with standing Pilates-inspired moves into one routine to challenge your aerobic fitness, improve your posture and put you more in touch with the power of your "core." Then, kick off your shoes and hit the floor to tighten and tone your favorite body parts, including abs, butt and thighs. Get long, lean, sexy muscles with our series of Pilates mat exercises, sure to give you a year-round bikini body! For faster results than Pilates alone, this combo workout can help you sculpt your body AND burn fat! For all fitness levels. A mat or rug and bare feet are highly recommended for the Pilates floorwork.
"Calorie burning cardio plus Pilates-based toning," promises this 40-minute Crunch program, which combines Pilates-influenced standing and mat exercises. In the cardio section, instructor Ellen Barrett uses Pilates terminology (e.g. "standing imprint") as she adapts Pilates moves to rather repetitious standing exercises--mostly squats and leg lift variations--which work the core muscles of the abdominals and back as well as legs, thighs, and buttocks. The moves are sometimes slow and rarely "travel," so your heart rate might not stay elevated, although your lower body and core muscles will get a good workout. The toning section consists of Pilates mat exercises which work abs, back, thighs, and buttocks. One exerciser demonstrates easier modifications. The background music is dominated by a lively drummer who keeps the workout upbeat and enthusiastic. --Joan Price
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First off, the worst part of this workout isn't actually the workout itself. It's the camera work. The camera tends to move around more than I feel is necessary, making it harder to follow the workout when you're still "learning" it early on. Not to mention, what's with the long closeups of the drummer? Sure, he does a good job drumming, but as he's not doing the workout, it's a bit annoying when Ellen is talking about what you should be doing, but you can't see it. The camera work is really what takes away from this workout the most.
The workout itself is pretty good - while I don't break a sweat, it also takes a fair amount for me to do so (everyone sweats differently!), and I definitely feel warm after the cardio portion. I like that she reminds you about your core throughout it as well, as that's the thing I need to be reminded of occasionally, even after a year of Lindsay Brin doing it. As I mentioned before, I wish the cardio portion was just a bit longer, as I'm always left wishing for a bit more with that. The floor work at the end is a very nice end to the workout, and provides some nice ab work. As for Ellen herself, I enjoy her as an instructor. She has a pleasant voice, and she's not at all annoying during her workouts, this one included. That being said, I actually prefer her Power Fusion workout a bit more than this one. Beyond the fact that it's barefoot throughout (saving one the frantic shoe removal in the middle, which I do realize my lack of desire to pause the disc is my own issue), I just feel a bit more "exercised" overall after that one. The camera work is also a lot better on that one.
Ultimately, if you want to purchase only one Ellen Barrett workout, this is not necessarily the one I would list as my top choice. I would definitely choose the Power Fusion one over this one. But, if you're looking to add to your Ellen Barrett collection, or want another workout that isn't high impact but still leaves you feeling good, then I'd recommend this one in addition to some of her others