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Noelle's Powerhouse- A Pilates Method- Focus on Abs

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A Pilates Method is a series created by Noelle, integrating the Pilates method developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. This product teaches the Pilates Method using an uncomplicated, easy-to-follow format, with an uplifting, energetic and motivating feel. Noelle has put together programs of her favorite and most proven and effective exercises that get results. Focus on Abs is a 15-minute workout that targets all the abdominal muscles to streamline and reshape your abs and waistline.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 17 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PW2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robyn S. Barrett on September 14, 2004
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After my first child I was able to gt back my perfect 6-pack abs. After my second child, I had Diastisis (sepration of the ab mucsles)and was told by two PS that I would never get a flat tummy again! I knew I could if I could do the right workout. So I bought this DVD. It was fantastic. I now have my 6-pack back and my waist is smaller than before. I do the workout (approx. 15 min) almost everday. It is easy and fast paced. Buy it and you won't be dissapointed!!!
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For some reason, 15-minute Pilates programs seem to be a rarity--there are plenty of practices in the 20-25 minute range, but the shorter offerings are generally 10 minutes each. At exactly 15 minutes, Noelle's Focus on Abs allows you to work the abs a bit more deeply while still being quick and efficient.

Noelle--who appears to be in her late 30s/early 40s but sounds like a teeny bopper--begins by briefly explaining some Pilates principles. She then starts with the traditional Pilates sequencing of the hundred to the roll up. Next, however, she moves right into the series of five (also known as the stomach series), performing four of the five exercises (she skips the double leg stretch). She then adds some unique moves like the "figure 4," a sort of reverse curl with one foot placed on the other straight leg (forming an upside-down 4). For back work, she does a simple back extension as well as holds several elbow planks. When it comes to the teaser, she performs a modified version, turning it into a kind of bent leg roll-up, but I actually felt this even more in my abs. From the side kick series, Noelle includes only double leg lifts on either side, and this concludes the workout.

Focus on Abs is probably an advanced beginner to low intermediate workout; I don't think there is enough detailed instruction for those totally new to Pilates, yet Noelle provides excellent form pointers throughout. Also, one of her four participants shows easier modifications, while another shows more advanced versions of the exercises. Although I consider myself to be at a more advanced intermediate/low advanced level in Pilates, I know I will use this video often when I want a quick Pilates practice focusing on my abdominals.
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I just did this program this morning and it was exactly what it said it was, a killer Ab routine!

Noelle Stumpf is an excellent instructor who gives easy to follow cues. She gives enough information without "over instructing" so the program really flows smoothly. I also find her to be motivating without being overly peppy

She is definitely more in line with "classic" Pilates rather than what I call Pilates "Inspired", though she does some exercises I've not seen before (and I have about 33 Pilates programs and about 100 Yoga programs). For example she has a leg raising exercise which works the lower abs in a way I've never worked them before, I felt a definite burn in that area which was very welcome.

This program is fairly intense but is very approachable because it's only 15 minutes long. I find I can maintain a pace like this for that length of time because I know I can give everything I have for those fifteen minutes rather than having to back off and pace myself as I would have to do on a longer program.

The set is simple, a studio setting, but it's bright and the music is unintrusive.

Highly recommended!
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