Crunch - Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend
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Certified Pilates and fitness instructor Ellen Barrett presents a workout combining yoga moves with Pilates exercises to help tone, strengthen, and burn calories.
Release Date: 7-FEB-2006
Media Type: DVD
So here's a portrait of yoga in the 21st Century: this ancient discipline, created thousands of years ago to enhance the meditative experience (the asanas or poses commonly used in hatha yoga were in fact designed to enable meditators to sit quietly, calmly and comfortably for hours on end), is now "a total body blast," with users urged to "get hard core" and "feel the groove," all so "your torso will look buff." At least that's how Ellen Barrett, the relentlessly sunny instructor featured in Crunch Yoga's Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend, sees it. But while that approach may sound pretty frightening to traditionalists, this can't in fairness be viewed as a typical yoga video; nor does Barrett, who commingles power yoga moves and what she describes as "core-conditioning power pilates," make any claims that it is. Many of the poses--including Warrior II, extended right angle, cobra, locust, and others--will certainly be familiar to yogis. But instead of holding these poses for several breaths, as is common, Barrett takes a more aerobic approach, "pulsing" in and out of positions as if this were a calisthenics class; while that doesn't do much to promote stretching, it does generate a lot of heat and calorie burning. Same goes for the pilates portions, which involve a lot of leg lifts, abdominal work, and other mat-based exercises. One might wish that the instruction were more detailed when it comes to proper breathing, alignment, and so on; it's also a bit paradoxical that while the "Crunch philosophy" states that their fitness programs are designed for "people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size, or ability," the only folks we see onscreen are uniformly attractive, bare-midriffed young women in amazing shape. But hey, whatever. Call it what you will, this is a fast-moving, reasonably challenging program that will likely find favor with many. --Sam Graham
Top customer reviews
In response to some of the 1 star reviews, you may be doing some of the moves wrong. Always follow her directions in regards to tightening your abdomen. This DVD enforces quality not quantity, so really concentrate on how your body is positioned and make sure the movement is very controlled. The warrior pulse at the beginning was a little much for me at the start, but I have come to realize how much I love the warrior pulse. It really gets your body energized for the remainder of the workout.
There are moves from this DVD that are really great to have in your workout arsenal. Opposite arm Opposite leg, warrior pulse, little piece of heave, all of the leg work and plank moves. Some of the moves from this DVD I have memorized and can use them when I don't have the DVD, like in a hotel room, or on vacation. And just doing a few of them in the morning makes me feel very energized, and also tones really really well.
The only reason I am giving this 4 stars and not 5 is because of the price listed here. I am confused by this. I bought this in 2005 for somewhere around $10 and since then I have recommended this to many people. I came to buy it for my sister and was shocked at the 69.99 price. I mean, its worth it, but I won't be paying that for a 40 min workout DVD. Try to find it elsewhere.
Just so you know, I tend to be on the lazy side. I don't heavily monitor my diet, but I limit fried food. I scavenger eat other people's. The kids are used to it. Lol. I received my video, and keep your eye on price, I did not pay $50 for mine. The workout is challenging, but not in a way that you can't get through it. What I love about this type of workout is that it's actually relaxing as well. I have a very overactive brain and this really helps me focus on my body and it quiets my mind. I also have daily upper back pain and this really helps with that. I am used to just loading up on ibuprofen and making my hubs rub it. Now that I typed that, I realized that I am hardly taking any ibuprofen anymore.
I have been doing it at least three times a week for a little over two weeks and I can already tell a difference in my body. I did Kosama for almost a month and didn't see this much of a change. It's not a huge change, but I can see it in my abs and a little in my tush. Plus, my clothes are fitting a little looser. Subtle but appreciated change.
If this will be the first time you have ever done yoga or Pilates, I will tell you that there isn't much information on the importance of breathing and how to do it. It's vital to the workout. I still catch myself holding my breath, so I really have to focus. If you are breathing right, it's almost like doing a stomach crunch every time you breathe.
Don't look at this as a workout. Look at it as a way to become in touch with your body and appreciate yourself. It's a great way to relieve stress.
I love it! Give it a go!