Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Pilates Core Power - Abdominals Back|
Actor: Karen Voight
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Imagine your body has the posture, lightness and elegance of a dancer. Enjoy this practical approach to Pilates with 50 minutes of matwork done entirely on the floor. Take a break from traditional weights and develop stron... more »
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This workout leaves me feeling GREAT!
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 10/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the VHS version of this video, which was originally packaged under the name "Body Reform: Abdominals and Back." This 44-minute, all-floor routine is a blend of Pilates, yoga, and traditional abs and back work. You'll find many classic Pilates moves such as the hundred and single leg circles, but many of the exercises are done with a twist--eg, modified corkscrew and modified teasers. Similarly, instructor Karen Voight incoporates movement into traditionally static yoga poses such as bridge and boat pose, and finally, she includes some traditional crunches and back work. The result is a smooth, flowing routine that will leave your entire body feeling thoroughly stretched and relaxed.
Although this workout is somewhat similar to the abs portion of Karen's Streamline Fitness video, it is more relaxing and less intense. However, during the last 8 minutes of the tape, Karen offers suggestions on how to incorporate her resist-a-ring (or other Pilates/fitness circle) into the routine, which would definitely make it a more challenging workout. Karen is a great instructor who is warm and friendly while still providing excellent cuing and precise instructions on allignment. She works with an assistant, Sara, who displays more advanced versions of the exercises for those wanting a greater challenge. I use this workout regularly, and I highly recommend it to others of all fitness levels."
Great cuing & explanations
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 04/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This workout was better then I expected. I normally get bored very easily, but I didn't on this workout until 40 min into it & by then it was just about over. She has a nice upbeat voice.
She explains everything including making sure your posture is correct by using great analogies to make sure you do it right the first time. She is very good about explaining the modified version or having her assistant do the more challenging versions. She seems to be very aware of her body & any possible restrictions a body may have.
My only main complaint is the music could be louder & more interesting though. There could be a better cooldown.
There's a trailer at collagevideo com"
Try "Totoal Body Training Pilates" instead
Customer | Washington, DC United States | 01/02/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although this is a good workout, Karen Voight has many the same workouts in different titles. This workout contains in her "Totoal Body Training Pilates" Karen Voight: Total Body Training that has another pilates workout with resitant ring. The price is almost the same (depends on Amazon's sales price - ASIN: B0009KA8IA ) so if you purchase the other DVD, you can get this Abdominals & Back workouts as well as Total Body Training with resistant ring ~50 min and a bonus of how to use the ring ~8 min. Read fine prints and actual workout tiltes for KV's workouts. She has the most confusing titles.
PS. She has two total body pilates workout titkes: "Total Body Pilates" and "Total Body Training Pilates." The latter one is cheaper for the same workout with bonus (and see my review)."
Emily G | MA | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love all the videos and DVDs I've bought from Karen Voight. This will be by far my favorite of her collection, and I've only used it once! It's a challenging workout, but can be modified easily for beginners and more advanced fitness gurus. I felt the burn (and the soreness the next day) and am seeing great results only after one workout.
My reason for purchasing this product was to help stabilize the physical work I have to perform at work where I lift very heavy bags of dog and cat food, lift and restrain animals, and do repetitive motions such as mopping and vacuuming. I have two pinched nerves in my back, and lifting anything over 15 pounds agitates them. However, this workout has already helped my back feel better, become stronger, and regain stability so that my pinched nerves aren't as agitated while lifting heavy items.
I'd highly recommend this for anyone seeking more strength, stability, and toning in their abdominals, back, shoulders, and behind :-) It's also easy on the joints because it's all completed on the floor. The workout is approximately 50 minutes, and there are no required tools although a pilates mat or soft surface helps a lot to cushion the spine."