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|10 Minute Solution Pilates Perfect Body|
Actor: Suzanne Bowen
Director: Andrea Ambandos
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
No time to exercise? We have the solution for you- the 10 Minute Solution! Everyone can find at least ten minute in their day, and we've developed 5 innovative workouts that are just 10 minutes each. Because many of the tr... more »
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Really really good :-0
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, I must say that Pilates isn't my favourite type of workout and I normally avoid it, but I thought that buying a dvd like this where the pilates is 10 minutes long per segment, would be a great way for me to get to like it more and get better at doing it. I was right. This is a fantastic workout that anyone could do - even if you're like me who doesn't always enjoy it.
Suzanne is a great instructor - not intimidating in any way and instructs really well. She leads you through classic pilates mixed with dance and even strength-training to mix it up and make your results amazing. There is standing and floor work and a really good stretch at the end (or beginning if you play it that way). Overall, this is a routine done at a faster pace than normal with a little more intensity but it's fine if you are beyond a beginner exerciser. I think you need to already be familiar with Pilates to avoid getting frustrated that you don't know how to do the moves. My two favourite segments are the arms workout and the stretch.
I really enjoy this and as always, love knowing that I can do as little or as much as I'd like, or can fit in, and I know this is very effective. I really recommend it to intermediates and advanced exercisers."
The best pilates DVD workout
fit149 | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This pilates workout had my muscles shaking and burning in the first few reps.I loved every segment- It was very intense, easy to follow, and flowed very well. There are no fluffly moves in this workout- you can feel every exercise working. Suzanne is upbeat and keeps the workout moving...there is no room for boredom- this workout is so unique and creative. Every segment is so effective so you don't have to do the entire 5 segments. I was pleased to finish the workout with a great stretching segment, and trust me you need it after working so hard!!! This workout is definitely for all levels because she offers modifications. This is such a well-rounded workout. You will feel every muscle in your body worked!! My muscles felt stronger, more toned, and lengthened after doing this DVD. Pilates Perfect Body is a must have!!!"
Awesome Pilates Workout for intermediate to advanced
Megan Alderton | Hagerstown MD | 01/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I considerd myself pretty well-versed in Pilates after mastering Lara Hudson's two DVDs and Suzanne's other "Slim and Sculp Pilates" DVD. I was excited when I found this DVD because I loved Suzanne in "Slim and Sculpt" and "Belly Blast." She is cute, fit, and gives GREAT instruction on form, timing, and breathing.
This DVD is nothing short of an amazing workout. My only caution is... don't use this as a beginner or if you are not familiar with Pilates moves. This is a fast-paced, high intensity workout.
The belly section is cool because it's not all the same tired pilates moves, and you can definetely feel it working.
The arm and shoulders uses not just the hand weights, but also just your own body weight to challenge you. Again, some new moves, and some variations on old ones. VERY EFFECTIVE. I can still barely keep up with it after months of doing it.
The Buns and Thighs is just as fast and just as effective. My husband likes watching me do the last move, where you are on your knees and you have to circle your hips. It may seem like a come on, but trust me, it's a great way to tone your thighs.
Silhouette is probably my favorite segment because you get to work all the muscles in your body at once. It's actually very fun and the 10 minutes is up before I know it.
The Stretch is quite beautiful. Suzanne moves so gracefully in this segment, you can't help but want to mimick her. It also leaves you feeling great. It will help you relax and ease any sore muscles. I would suggest isolating thi segment for use after ANY workout. Continuation of this stretching will help you become more graceful. The entire practice of Pilates has improved my posture, balance, coordination, and grace. Not to sound sexist, but that is why I love Pilates because I feel it was designed for women to help us stay sexy and still hold up that air of refinement at the same time."
Nice complement to Pilates matwork, not without flaws
Reviewer | Anytown USA | 01/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was my first introduction to Suzanne Bowen and I was impressed with her style - she is not in the least bit annoying and for the most part gives clear instructions, except they're a little rushed. The production values are top notch and you feel like you are in a living room with your own personal trainer.
If this was intended as a way to help you build on your existing Pilates routine by adding more "oomph" to your toning and sculpting efforts, or as a way to just grab some quick fix ten minute exercise breaks here and there, it delivers well. Especially on the arm section, which classic matwork doesn't do a lot for. I am planning to use this as a complement to the classic matwork, and probably won't do the whole DVD from start to finish.
Now for the flaws. Since you can mix up your own segments in any order you want, it's easy to overlook the stretching segment altogether. Mistake! None of the individual segments includes a warm up or cool down -which given the ten-minute format makes sense, but you still need to do it anyway or your muscles won't be warmed up and you could easily pull something and hurt yourself - especially if you have not excercised for a while and are out of shape.
I think this DVD is appropriate for all levels from beginners who have been exercising for a while on through to advanced exercisers as there are quite a few challenging moves. However, in performing a couple of the more challenging exercises in some routines, the instructor says "if you're up for the challenge - do this." So if you are not up to that particular move, you'll either be sitting there doing nothing or fast forwarding as there's no modification for those. Also, the instructor goes through the moves in each segment very quickly. Even the stretching seems a bit rushed, rather than fluid. The importance of stretching and warming up is only mentioned there, and not in the other segments.
From what I observed here, aside from some of the abdomonial and legwork segments - particularly the "sidekick" series of leg moves - much of the work bears little resemblance to classic Pilates moves and offers virtually nothing in the way of philosophy on the importance of breathing, keeping the right form during movements (such as turning the legs out in the Pilates stance when standing and aligning the "box" - shoulders over hips - when lying down) and these oversights may offend Pilates purists. I think the issue could be resolved if DVD's like this one were referred to instead as Pilates-inspired exercises.
All in all, I liked it for the boost it will give to an existing Pilates routine. If you are looking to learn about the philosophy behind Pilates and get a good introduction to the matwork, I would recommend Ana Caban's DVDs highly - particulary beginning Pilates Matwork or Easy Pilates to start out with, and as a next step, her intermediate matwork DVD. I would also recommend two books - Pilates - Body in Motion by Alycea Ungaro and The Pilates Body book by Brooke Siler, two of the most informative works on the subject with great illustrations and photos on getting the technique right."