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|Hit the Spot - Pilates|
Actor: Denise Austin
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
In Hit The Spot Pilates, the new Denise Austin Pilates DVD, consumers have the benefit of a customizable Pilates workout that targets specific areas such as hips, thighs, buttocks, abs and waistline ?all with a Pilates twi... more »
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Melissa P. from GRESHAM, OR
Reviewed on 2/12/2011...
Denise's workouts are very user friendly. You can play any segment in any order, making it fully customizable, as well as efficient for time crunched home exercisers. I like this workout and think Denise really shines in her pilates offerings. This particular dvd is probably best for beginners to intermediates. Advanced will probably not find a challenge here. I had a baby 3 months ago and when first I tried doing this workout (a few weeks post-delivery), some moves were a little tough for me. The whole thing is quite doable and has a nice outdoor setting. Recommend!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Danita M. from BRUCETON MLS, WV
Reviewed on 11/24/2010...
I like the way Denise focuses on the core, essential for a overall fit body. She does a variety of exercises, focusing on different body parts, has good reminders for body alignment, proper technique, essential for maximum benefit, so I am happy to add to my collection of dvds. I am an intermediate to advanced student, found it challenging, enjoyable, and liked how she did standing pilates, as well as floor, which is a nice change. Good for toning, nice switch from cardio.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dawn M. from LEESVILLE, LA
Reviewed on 12/19/2009...
I got this for my daughter and she hasn't reviewed it yet. But she has sen Denise's show and thinks she'll like it!
0 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
7 Targeted Workouts
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 12/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you only have 10-minutes to workout or you want to add a Pilates routine after walking or a cardio session, this Denise Austin DVD gives you 7 10-minute target workouts or you can select specific workouts and play them all at once. You can also choose to exercise for 30 minutes, either focusing on the Abs and Waist Line or Lower Body. There is also a 15-minute Pilates Challenge.
The intermediate pace makes this an invigorating workout routine and Denise's "double the workout in half the time" exercise are unique and creative. While this is mostly Pilates, there are a few Yoga poses. Denise Austin also takes familiar exercises and combines them or increases the challenge.
I am finding this DVD to be most useful as a customizable routine. This allows for more variety and that makes exercising more fun. The new Denise Austin DVDs are encouraging, vibrant and very enjoyable. The outdoor settings are healing and the exercises are creative.
~The Rebecca Review
Denise Austin Pilates
Dorrie Wheeler | 01/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chances are you have heard the word "Pilates." If you don't know much about Pilates, the best way I can explain it is that it seems like a form of yoga mixed with body stretching and bending. Pilates is a total body work out.
Whether you are just getting started with Pilates or consider yourself an expert, Denise Austin-Hit The Spot Pilates is a very effective home Pilates exercise routine. The dvd includes two segments.
The Abs and Waist Line
This segment consists of three 10 minute work out routines. These techniques will help you define your abs, trim your waist and improve your posture.
The Lower Body: Hips, Thighs and Buttocks
This segment includes three 10 minute workouts, each zeroing in on each body section.
Overall, Pilates is a form of working out using your body. You don't need a lot of extra equipment. Despite appearing somewhat easy, if you have any physical problems you should probably check with your doctor before beginning a Pilates program. Several of the work outs include a lot of bending, stretching and squatting, so if you have bad knees be careful. Denise Austin Hit The Spot Pilates is a great way to start a Pilates workout program in the comfort of your home. This was my very first time doing a Pilates workout and I felt like this work out was very easy to understand."
Denise's Most Challenging Workout
soylatte | Florida, USA | 10/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Denise has tweaked the Pilates moves on this workout for the ultimate challenge to the deepest muscles in your core and lower body. During certain excruciating parts, I actually have to stop and recover before I can resume. But Denise keeps encouraging and motivating throughout, so I happily keep going. As a plus, the tropical setting is the loveliest I've ever seen on an exercise program and the music is pleasant-yet-lively.
Since this workout mainly emphasizes the core and lower body, I like to do it in between days where I do one of Denise's dvds that work out the upper body. The 7 chapters (3 levels of intensity for the abs, 3 for the legs/hips, and one full body challenge) can be arranged to play by the viewer's preference. I start with the 15-minute Pilates challenge (which really gets me going), followed by one 10-minute leg chapter and one 10-minute ab chapter. By arranging it this way, the dvd offers three different 35-minute workouts. It's a similar set-up to Denise's Personal Training dvd.
I saw Denise promoting this dvd and her new nutrition book on Larry King. She is a very articulate and intelligent person, and her sweet, bubbly enthusiasm seems to be completely sincere. Her workouts have really improved the quality of my life, and I plan on picking up her new book too."