Quick Fix - Pilates ABS Workout
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Pilates focuses on strengthening the core or midsection, so a Pilates-based abdominal workout is a natural. The first of the three 10-minute sessions led by instructor Keli Roberts utilizes many of the classic Pilates moves: curls, leg circles, the 100, criss-crosses, a teaser sequence, and swan dive. The second set combines some traditional mid-section exercises with Pilates resulting in a mix of sit-ups, the can can, leg stretches, scissors, and rollups. Stabilization is the goal of the final and most difficult series, starting with rolldowns from a standing position, pushups, and rollups back up again. Other exercises use the plank and side positions and require both skill and balance. Fortunately, one of Roberts's assistants demonstrates modifications. With so many variations crammed into each short set, beginners may benefit from watching the exercises first and making liberal use of the pause button as they learn. --Kimberly Heinrichs
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Section one is classic pilates, Keli starts you off with a breathing exercise, and asks you to maintain this breathing throughout all the exercises. The exercises included in this segment are single leg circles (which Lizbeth demonstrates for those with better flexibility), bridge (with added leg lifts and hip presses), hundred, leg lowers w/criss cross action, teasers, rollover, and swan dive.
Section two is called core combination, and the exercises you will see here are can can, rollup, single leg stretch, criss cross, double leg stretch, scissors, rolling like a ball, swimming, a neat twist on extended cat where you extend one arm and opposing leg to the side, and spinal work finishes out this segment.
Sections three is called stabilization and is the most difficult of the three. There are a good amount of planks here, plus pushups, breastroke, and a brief side kick series.
I like this DVD quite a bit, and I always do it in it's entirety, like other reviewers have said the time goes by really fast and I like the way it flows. I would rate this as intermediate, you do need to have some familiarity with pilates as there isn't any instruction so complete beginners should looks elsewhere. Keli Roberts does a really nice job with this video, she is very pleasant and encouraging without being overly perky. Highly recommended.
Though there is some good encouragement on basic pilates principles (breathing, etc.), this is not a basic workout. Once you get about five minutes into the first segment, you start jumping into intermediate/advanced moves.
Second, the format is great in that you can have three separate workouts or one thirty minute, but if you are in good shape, you are probably going to want more, and pilates hard-core nuts are going to want something more whole-body. For example, this would work well to use it like I have - after weightlifting at the gym and use this for your core/ab stuff.
So, great for the time crunch, a bunch of concentrated intermediate/advanced pilates in a short period of time. Does what it says, a quick fix.
The video is challenging but its good because you can see yourself improving the more you do it. Highly recommend!