This was the first pilates work-out that I actually enjoyed. I have had this DVD for about 8 years and it is always a good choice when I need a recovery day or when I’m injured and can’t do any of the hard core work-outs that I prefer.
Ellen Barrett is the instructor. She makes it very easy to understand the moves and preform them correctly. It is set up like a real class and one of the other people demonstrate modifications for most of the moves. She also continually reminds you to inhale and exhale since that is such a big part of pilates.
The DVD is broken down into 4 – 10 minute sections. You can do any or all.
Belly: 10 minutes of core work. This section does a good job of hitting all of your abdominal muscles in a short time. None of the moves are super difficult but it is still a nice ab work-out.
Butt: 10 minutes of glute work. Again, a nice range of exercises that will give you a short, quick work-out!
Thighs: 10 minutes. The exercise in this section are great for both the inner and outer thigh areas. The variety of the exercises are good.
Bonus: 10 minutes total body. This section is really great when you are time-crunched and just want a little toning. There are ab moves, butt exercises, and thigh toners all mixed in.
Overall I really enjoy this DVD. It is far more geared to toning than stretching and I like that! This is not a work-out that will get your heart rate up or cause you to sweat so if you are like me that sometimes makes it hard to consider it a true “work-out” but it is a nice change of pace!