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Good for an easy workout
on June 6, 2012
This is a 35 minute pilates workout led by Ellen Barrett. I have done some other pilates videos, but, I just didn't like this workout much at all. There seemed to be too much time explaining the workouts and unchallenging collection of exercises. Ellen leads two background instructors, one who demonstrates beginner Level 1 and one who leads advanced Level 3 (Ellen demonstrates Level 2). Ellen starts everybody off at Level 1, then leads 2&3 onto Level 2, then gives the Level 3 modification. It just seems like it takes along time to progress onto the Level 3 move, which doesn't feel adequately challenging to me.
The standing portion was really slow moving, boring, and repetitive - nothing like her later Studio Fat Burning Fusion or her Crunch workouts. The side mat series was a little better with side plank and leg lifts, but again it moved too slowly and didn't have a congruous flow like other pilates workouts I have done. The mat portion was really not challenging at all.
All in all I would say this might be good for somebody new to pilates because Ellen takes the time to explain the exercises. For somebody who has already been doing pilates, I think they will find this excessive and redundant, even for Ellen fans.