Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness! Now you can get a Pilates body faster than ever with this revolutionary workout. Everyone knows that Pilates is great for creating longer, leaner muscles. But we?ve taken Pilates to a whole n... more »ew level by adding some unique "Burn & Firm" elements to this workout! We begin with standing Pilates exercises blended with some simple danceinspired moves for a cardio-blasting "Burn" segment. Second, we add light hand weights to gently speed up the total body toning and re-shaping effect of Pilates. That?s where the "Firm"comes in. Don?t worry, this Pilates routine is still low-impact, easy-to-follow, and won?t leave you feeling drained like traditional cardio and weight training. Best of all, because this program multi-tasks, it makes the most of every minute of your workout time. With Burn & Firm Pilates you can finally get that sleek, lean, elegant body fast from a workout that leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized. All Fitness Levels. A set of light hand weights and a mat are recommended. The CRUNCH Philosophy: The CRUNCH fitness program welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size or ability. We created a workout environment that is not competitive or judgmental. Enjoy these favorite classes with imaginative instructors in an atmosphere that makes working out fun. Meet the instructor: Ellen Barrett, instructor at CRUNCH New York. Certified Pilates and fitness instructor and founder of buffgirlfitness.com. Fitness philosophy: Strive to be the best version of yourself. Favorite splurge food: Anything peanut butter.« less
Jean B. (Snapfish45) from ORANGEVILLE, PA Reviewed on 11/17/2011...
Great workout. Ellen Barrett is very motivating.
Michelle M. from ARAGON, GA Reviewed on 11/7/2010...
Ellen Barrett is good instructor. This workout is a good mix of cardio and toning in a unique "Pilates" format.
Lia H. from DULLES, VA Reviewed on 7/6/2009...
Ellen Barrett is friendly (without being obnoxious) and cues well. The DVD is a mix of light pilates/cardio with some weights thrown in.
Innovative Pilates routine using weights and standing moves
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 08/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is Ellen Barrett's third Crunch Pilates video and the first which incorporates weights into the workout. Similar to in her previous video, Crunch Fat-Burning Pilates, many of the traditional Pilates floor exercises are performed here in a standing position, although Burn & Firm Pilates does include a separate matwork section (see below). The workout begins with a 5-minute warm-up consisting of simple movements such as marches and plies (there are A LOT of plies in this video!). Following this, there was a 7-minute segment that is difficult for me to define; it was too slow-moving to be cardio and might best be described as light toning. In this section, there are additional plies plus some basic ballet-inspired leg movements.
Next comes the "meat" of the workout, a 24-minute cardio segment using light weights to increase the workload. The first series includes alternating side leg lifts (the "saw") with a "swan" movement that involves raising one arm overhead and lifting the opposite leg. Although Ellen stated that we should be feeling this in our inner thighs, I found that it was actually my OUTER thighs and hips that were burning! Next comes more plies interspersed with two moves from the Pilates side series, rond de jambe and leg circles, both performed in a standing position. Continuing on, there is a segment involving knee lifts which turn into lunges and combine with a front arm raise. After that, it's back to MORE plies! This time, a standing Pilates arm zip is performed in-between sets. The finally cardio segment provides even more work for the arms: you will do a front and side mambo that turns into a front and side lunge (a bit awkward to the side) while performing bicep curls the entire time. The cardio section ends with a few additional exercises for the arms such as circles. Overall, I found the intensity of the cardio to be about the same as for the cardio segment of Crunch Fat-Burning Pilates, although this would not have been the case without using the weights.
The final 8 minutes of the video are performed on the floor, starting with arms and abs work in a seated position with the weights. Next, you move on to your back for two additional exercises, knee drops and leg straddles, using the weights as anchors. Finally, there are just two traditional Pilates matwork exercises, the single leg stretch and the single straight leg. The workout ends with a very short (1-2 minutes) cool-down in a seated position for a total of approximately 44 minutes.
I enjoyed this video and liked the addition of the weights, especially since I have been trying to add light weights to many of my cardio routines. What I did NOT like was the absence of a traditional Pilates matwork sequence; I would have much preferred to leave out the light toning segment early in the video and devote this time to mat exercises instead. Although the exercises are a bit more repetitious here, most fans of Crunch Fat Burning Pilates will probably enjoy this video as well."
Standing Pilates Balance Challenge with Weights
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 10/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ellen Barrett takes instruction to new levels of perfection in Crunch Burn & Firm Pilates. I've rarely seen an instructor not only challenge me to my limits, but also keep me informed as to the next exercise so as to keep me in total harmony.
While doing this workout the first few times, you can modify most of the exercises by not using weights. When you do start using the weights it is invigorating and your heart rate will definitely be elevated to a fat burning zone.
There are quite a few completely unique exercises I have never seen in any workout. The "swan extension" is an artistic exercise you accomplish with two weights in hand. You almost feel like you are dancing with weights in some of the segments. Side raises with weights and lots of raising the arms and moving side to side raises the intensity.
Previous experience with Pilates and Ballet will make this workout especially intriguing for intermediate students of both. Ellen Barrett will often alternate between balance and control and then at times require you to balance while controlling the weights and movement of your arms in two different directions. The balance challenges in this workout are exciting and the hand-held weights make you feel much more powerful.
Warm Up Standing Pilates Standing Pilates with Weights - 3 segments Mat Work Cool Down/Stretch
What will you need?
1 Mat or Towel Two 3-pound weights
My only question is: "Why such a short stretching session after such a high intensity workout?" The place I felt this workout the most was in my lower back and the stretching seemed to mainly focus on the upper body. My knees seemed fine during this workout even with the lunges because Ellen makes sure to remind you to turn out your toes and to check to make sure your knee is not going over your toes.
If you are looking for a perfect warm up, high intensity cardio routine and progressive challenges, I think you will love this routine. The footwork is fairly easy with the coordination level being more challenging for your arms so you get a great arm workout.
Crunch Fat Burning Pilates Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates
~The Rebecca Review "
I love this workout
Christina | New York NY | 08/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this workout for a number of reasons:
1. Ellen Barrett is excellent at leading the workout.
2. I have avoided traditional Pilates because I really enjoy something with a little more of an aerobic style - this constant moving routine using weights and Pilates inspired moves makes this possible.
3. At the same time, as I get older, I want less "jumpy" style aerobics - this routine also makes this possible.
4. By the end of this routine I have broken out in a full blown sweat.
5. When I first started doing this routine I too thought it was repetitive, however, the more I did it - the stronger I got and now the segments fly by - although still remain challenging - and I actually look forward to this workout.
6. And lastly, using this workout alone for the past 2 months (at least 4x a week - more if my schedule permits) and improving my diet, I have completely toned and reshaped my body.
I highly recommend buying this DVD - Just do it! "
Others will notice you change too.
Kimberly White | 06/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get this DVD and stick with it and you will see results! You could get on that stairmaster or treadmill but you wouldn't be toning your entire body (which is key). I have been fitness conscious and physically active since my early 20s. My experience as an aerobic/step instructor from my 20s into my 30s had given me a good base of fitness knowledge. Now approaching 43 and having faced surgery induced menopause I have found it more difficult to stay fit, loose weight and get toned. Always tired due to severe sleep deprivation related to (night sweats), I fell into the pit of believing that ½ hour a day on my treadmill or stairmaster (4 or 5 days a week) would be enough and it just wasn't. What I found is that I began to have sagging upper arms and a larger middle section. One day running with (very fit/ripped and trim) sister-in-law (same age as myself) I discovered that she prefers Pilates over any other workout. An instructor herself she now only teaches or takes Pilates. I have read many of the reviews written by other people that claim this DVD doesn't make you sweat enough. To that I say work harder. This video is good but you need to put in the effort and trust me you will sweat and elevate your heart rate. If you feel like you are not sweating enough add in the arm movements earlier (once you get to know the video), use heavier weights or step fuller/wider. Or you could mix it up with treadmill/stairmaster or bike by alternating days. Mix it up anyway, so you don't get board. As for me I have been using this video and others along with some biking and my treadmill. When I choose biking/treadmill/stairmaster over the DVDs, I always include the Ab portion of one of the DVDs. I feel good, I am sleeping better (night sweats - lessening), I AM losing weight and people are noticing. I hope I have inspired you. Good luck and get to it. "
Had Hoped For More
S. E. Nelson | Minnesota, USA | 03/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this workout DVD because I really liked a similar workout that Ellen Barrett did for FitTV's All Star Workouts titled Pilates Sculpt. I have some experience with pilates so I recorded that workout and have used it at least once a week for awhile. That workout appealed to me because it really worked the core, hips and shoulders as well as got my heartrate up. The All Star Workout really seemed tailored for preparing me for the golf season. Unfortunately this Burn & Firm Pilates DVD did not turn out to be the good alternate workout I was looking for but instead a step backward. While this workout had several new exercises I liked, the general difficulty and intensity of the DVD were below that of the FitTv version. If you are not remotely in shape and starting out with pilates perhaps this DVD is an appropriate place to start. Completing Ellen's All Star Workout made me feel like I had accomplished something - this DVD did not."