Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness! Get the best of both worlds and the most for your effort with this winning combination: calorie-burning cardio along with Pilates-based toning. Impact safe yet so effective, it maximizes y... more »our fat-burning potential. You'll start with easy-to-follow cardio that skillfully blends dance and low impact cardio with standing Pilates-inspired moves into one routine to challenge your aerobic fitness, improve your posture and put you more in touch with the power of your "core." Then, kick off your shoes and hit the floor to tighten and tone your favorite body parts, including abs, butt and thighs. Get long, lean, sexy muscles with our series of Pilates mat exercises, sure to give you a year-round bikini body! For faster results than Pilates alone, this combo workout can help you sculpt your body AND burn fat! For all fitness levels. A mat or rug and bare feet are highly recommended for the Pilates floorwork.« less
Actor:Ellen Barrett Genres:Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Pilates Studio:Starz / Anchor Bay Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003 Original Release Date: 01/01/2003 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003 Release Year: 2003 Run Time: 0hr 43min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
""Have fun, work hard and get ready to change your body." ~Ellen Barrett
Ellen has created an energetic, highly creative routine to encourage you to develop long, lean sexy muscles. This workout is also filled with intense leg work and you will burn those calories. In fact, the first time I did this workout, I broke into a full-body sweat which I guess is a good thing and has rarely happened when using workout DVDs. I had no idea that a Pilates workout could bring that type of intensity to my day.
Ellen is an excellent instructor who is not only highly creative; she keeps you focused on perfect posture. She has cute names for various moves, like angel arms or elegant arms. She adds a real sexy feminine touch to this workout all while subtly motivating you to a heightened level of determination.
The routine starts with a Dance-based cardio routine. Ellen incorporates Pilates moves into a low-impact, but rather fast-paced (nothing is slow, let me tell you) cardio section. The warm-up is quite effective and by the time you do the stretching, you are warm enough for the stretching to count. If you have knee problems, this might not be for you. I noticed that as you become stronger, you can handle the knee bends in this workout. I could not have handled these moves a few months ago. Ellen focuses on the "powerhouse" throughout both sections.
The second mat-based Pilates Floorwork Routine is best done in bare feet and a yoga mat is quite useful. You start flat on your back, which feels good after all the dancing. She starts with the "hundred" with a focus on breathing. Then, you move to scissors, single-leg pull, double-leg stretch, crisscross and back extensions.
If you are familiar with Jennifer Kries' workouts or Winsor Pilates, this will all be very familiar to you. A new move is the "arrowhead" which I've never seen in any workout before. This workout also includes the Child's pose from yoga. The hip circles are challenging, but there are modifications.
Introduction Warm-Up Pilates Steps and Imprints Swan/Mermaid Angel Arms and Pilates Pushups The Hundred and Oblique CrissCross Back Extensions Reclining Twists and Forward Bends
Lime green/Periodot, purple/Amethyst, orange/Citrine, red/Ruby are the colors you will find in this workout. The stone textured floor and wall in the back give this workout an almost primitive-dance feel. Of course the cute drummer on the left at the back of the room adds to the appeal. The sapphire yoga mats add to this jewel-toned set.
You will love the music in this workout because it changes in intensity just when you need an extra boost of energy. I'm watching this again while typing and I can hardly sit here because I just want to go do this routine again. The music is highly motivational.
Crunch: Fat-Burning Pilates might just be the Pilates workout you have been craving. It truly will leave you feeling more alive, polished and definitely glowing. After finishing this workout, you might start to feel a sense of tranquility, have more passion for your life and think more clearly throughout your day.
Also look for "Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates" Winsor Pilates is also perfect for anyone who is just learning the Pilates moves.
Books for additional research:
Jennifer Kries Pilates Plus Method Ultimate Pilates by Dreas Reyneke
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A light cardio routine combined with brief Pilates matwork
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 05/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fat-Burning Pilates consists of two separate routines: a 26-minute cardiovascular workout (the "fat-burning" part) followed by 14-minutes of matwork (the "Pilates" part). The cardio section is Pilates-inspired in that instructor Ellen Barrett frequently reminds you to keep your abdominal core area tight, and she also adapts a few traditional Pilates floor exercises to be performed in a standing position. Overall, however, this segment consists of standard, low-impact aerobics moves such as squats, knee lifts, step-touch, and also some ballet-inspired exercises. Although this part of the workout is fast-paced enough to raise your heart rate, given the extended warm-up period (7 minutes) as well the low-intensity nature of the movements, advanced beginner to intermediate exercisers will probably find this to be a light aerobic workout at best. The cardio section concludes with two short sets of Pilates-style pushups.Following the cardio workout, you move to the floor for more traditional Pilates matwork. Ellen begins with The Hundred and continues with moves from the classic Pilates stomach series. However, she also adds her own twists to many of the Pilates exercises as well as suggests easier modifications. Most of this section is performed while lying on your back, but there are a few exercises done from stomach down, kneeling, and seated positions (none of the Pilates side kick series exercises are included). This entire section went by very quickly, and at the same time, my core felt challenged by only a few of the movements.Ellen is a likeable, friendly instructor who provides good form pointers, but she frequently fails to adequately cue new movements, which makes it initially difficult to learn some of the moves. The workout is performed on the standard Crunch set with a room full of about 10 participants. In addition to the background music, there is a live drummer on set; some other reviewers didn't like the drummer, but I found him to be an interesting, non-distracting element. Overall, this is a nice workout for those who enjoy blended routines and who are looking for some fresh twists on the traditional Pilates exercises."
An Engaging Workout
Lion Ess | Mays Landing, NJ USA | 10/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first journey into Pilate's and I loved it. The video is fast paced, but not too complicated. I've been doing the routine six days a week for the last three weeks and I am already seeing results. The combinations are interesting and the routine it engaging enough to make you want to start exercising. I feel much more energized now and I notice how my body feels toned and active. I would recommend this video to people looking to start a routine that will keep them motivated to exercise."
Perfect for new Momma's!
Heather Pinto | KY United States | 01/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVE this workout! I bought it on New Years Day and have been addicted ever since and doing it everyday. Ellen is the best instructor that I've encountered yet. Her voice is not annoying and she motivates and gives clear instructions. I had never done pilates before this video, but she gave me a pretty good understanding of how to use my muscles and breathe. I saw results the first week, mainly my legs, arms and thighs. The squats are working magic. This workout is good for beginners and not too difficult to follow. Everytime I use the video I get better. I'm more limber, energized, my waist is shrinking and my abs are getting defined. I love Ellen and I recommend this video to all you Momma's trying to get back into shape that don't have time to go to the gym. Give it a try, stick with it, you will see results fast."
Not for those with sensitive knees
susixx3 | Michigan | 01/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I thoroughly enjoyed this very challenging workout for a good six weeks, my knees would not take all the squats any more. If you have some extra weight, just bad knees or previous problems with repeated squats, this may not be a good choice. I'm putting it on reserve for when I have less weight and less pressure on my knees."