An OK workout
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There are two 20-minute workouts on this video. The first uses light weights and focuses on the upper body (all standing moves). The second uses ballet moves and matwork to focus on the lower body. Much of the video seems to be taken from the Method TV series because the lower body instuctor does one side of the body during the matwork and suggests doing the other side "later in the day." Then there is a choppy break, and the instuctor proceeds to do the other side. The background and "music" are typical of the Method series--complete with drums. I did enjoy doing the workouts, but I would recommend the Method's very similar but less choppy Precision Pilates instead--20 minutes for the upper body, 20 minutes for the lower, and a short flexibility segment."
An average workout
Michael Patrick Boyd | Waukesha, WI | 01/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"New Method 20/20: Target Toning is forty minutes long and was released on September 12, 2002. The two workouts are both nineteen minutes long and are done by two different instructors. The both target people who are beginners or beginner\intermediate. Here how the workouts are broken down.
Workout 1: Instructor Lisa Wheeler
Lisa begins with two sun breaths then goes in a sun salutation that includes the cobra and downward dog poses. Lisa then goes into a series of stabilization exercises. She then shifts into child pose, the eight yoga presses, and child pose again. The warm-up is done is done without weights and last five minutes. Once the hand weight begins, the class (Lisa and five adult females) is in standing position with the feet in a tri-pod position and a series of hand & arm workout begins. Chest expansion is the only one she names during the workout. After several standing exercises with weights, the class comes to the floor and starts off with one called Shave the Head. Lisa then switches to Hug the Tree which is done lying on you back and with your knees bent. Thirteen minutes into the workout, the hand weights come to and end and she then starts off with some dips. After the dips are done we come up to a table top. Her final workout consists of L workout, V sits, and arm presses.
Workout 2: Instructor Marjon Conteau
Marjon begins her warm up with some arm and leg stretches that last six minutes. Then the floor exercises begin with Cat & Camel and then she switches to Active Cat. On the hand & knees Marjon begins a series of knee and extended leg stretches. After that she lies on the left side and begin leg lifts showing different ways on how to do them. She then lies on her stomach and start doing leg stretches. Marjon repeats the above exercises on her right side. After the leg lifts are done she does something called Scissors. Next the class begins doing crunches with the knees bent and switchers to straight leg crunches. Finally the crunches end with knee bend. The class ends with some pelvic lift workouts.
Both workout out are good and have some minor difficulties. New Method 20/20: Target Toning gets a B-.
Select Workout One
A) Warm Up
B) Focused Sculpting
C) Cool Down
Select Workout Two
A) Warm Up
B) Precise Toning
C) Cool Down
Great way to stay in shape!!!
Maya Elena | Chicago, Illinois | 12/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After constantly hearing about how the rich and famous are getting and staying in shape with Pilates I decided to check out a few tapes at my local library. Amongst the tapes I checked out was one from the 20/20 Method Series. I liked it so well that I have go on to purchase almost all of the tapes in the series. After doing aerobics and cardio exercises for years I was conviced Pilates could do nothing for a person. Was I wrong! Not only have I lost inches and shaped up my body, I have tons more energy and my asthma has done a complete turnaround. Lisa Wheeler is easy to follow and does not lose you in quick or complicated moves.