"I have to laugh at and have a BIG pet peeve with those people who say this DVD isn't "challenging" or "hard" enough for them and that it's "too basic", etc.
People, people, people.......it specificially states under the title of the DVD......."a simplied approach". I have both You Can Do Abs & You Can Do Pilates so I know for sure it says that on the front cover just under the titles.
Why do you self proclaimed critics continually come on here giving such harsh and sarcastic opinions/reviews acting like you're sooooo disappointed in these types of workout videos/DVD's because it's not hard enough or challenging enough for you to do? It's like you're trying to compare apples to oranges when putting trainers like Leslie Sansone up against trainers like Billy Blanks and The Firm. Geezie Pete!!!
If you know anything at all about Leslie Sansone's training, you should realize by now that she doesn't have drill sergeant tactics to whip you into Olympic athlete shape in two days or less in "any" of her tapes/DVD's, whether it's walking, pilates, abs or yoga......ever. However, Leslie IS challenging enough for those people who don't strive to be like or look like superstar trainers with 6 packs abs running around in midrif tops all the time to show them off like say Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser (whom I do admire by the way and am not critizing - if you got it flaunt it).
Leslie Sansone is a trainer who is sensible, fun, and tries to be realistic enough to help people improve themselves and get healthier who maybe haven't exercised in awhile or who just need that push to get back into a regular routine again, or who really are just beginners and need some TLC coaching to help them get on the right track without hurting themselves.
So don't be so critical and harsh on the more down to earth trainers like Leslie Sansone. If you're really all that great of an athlete, then don't buy these kinds of tapes, go criticize the trainers who really do have more challenging and harder reputations!"
Easy but good :->
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 09/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes you want an exercise DVD that focuses only on your abs. This is one of those and it's good, but very easy and not for advanced exercisers. It's really more of an introduction to using a stability ball for building up your core. She gives you a lot of instruction first, so you don't feel totally out of sync on the ball and you'll feel comfortable on it. Then there is the 20 minute workout. During that, there is an optional final part that uses dumbells for arm exercises and upper body work (there are advanced options within that too). All you need is weights and the ball and a lot of balance, but using a ball is really enjoyable because you can feel your abs tightening the whole way through. I really like Leslie. She's experienced and pleasant to listen to and also encouraging. This is a great workout but definately for beginners and way too easy for advanced people. This is a good starting point if you haven't used a ball before."
If you just got a ball - Get This
a reader | , KY United States | 03/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this exercise with the ball. If you just got a swiss ball and a beginner,this is the DVD to get. Great abs workout and upper body workout. It doesn't take long to see results."
Leslie Makes It Easy!
waf | Texas | 02/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After purchasing my stability ball, I attempted to do the exercises printed on the instruction manual. I gave up quickly because the exercises seemed too difficult for a beginner. I am a big fan of Leslie's other walking videos, so I decided to give this one a try. True, it's not the most challenging, but it's a great place to start if you're a beginner to stability ball exercise."
Great for a beginner!
Thelma Wants Thin Thighs | On the shores of the Chesapeake Bay! | 01/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am just getting back into exercising after many years of bad health and I just love this DVD. It is an excellent beginning ball program. Leslie explains and shows you every exercise very clearly. You can make it harder by doing more reps or adding heavier weights. Leslie is very clear and pleasant also!"