Instructor Amy Brown and her guest Liza Fromer present another entry into the Pilates For Life series with 20 MINUTE PILATES BUTT & HIPS. Amy and Liza work on key areas of the body to help produce a trimmer figure on this ... more »program. A fun and easy-to-follow guide to Pilates, Amy's series is aimed at the beginner and intermediate levels.« less
Creator:Amy Brown Genres:Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Pilates Studio:BRANDXTENSIONS MARKETING INC. Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006 Original Release Date: 01/01/2005 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005 Release Year: 2006 Run Time: 1hr 0min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"I just purchased this video last week and only previewed it so far. But, I wanted to let others know that the cover on the case is misleading. I purchased this video thinking it was a stability ball workout (well, she is sitting on a stability ball on the cover), but no where in this video does she use the ball. It does seem like a good video and I do look forward to trying it out."
Nice lower body-focused Pilates workout
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 08/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pilates for Life Butt & Hips is a Pilates workout focused on the lower body. Instructor Amy Brown begins with Pilates breathing; remaining in a reclined position, she leads you through hip lifts, a hamstring stretch, and leg circles. Moving on to a side position, she does a series of moves that are somewhat similar to the popular Winsor Buns & Thighs video: there is a front leg extension and several variations of clamshells (opening and closing the bent legs). Heel beats are performed before transitioning to the other side. The final part of the workout is done on all fours, and this section reminded me of the butt segment from Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates. Here, Amy leads you through several extended leg moves, including leg circles, heel lifts, and knee ins. The workout concludes with a brief neck stretch (very nice!).
Overall, this is a good lower body Pilates workout that I would rate at an experienced beginner or low intermediate level. Although the case claims that this DVD offers two workouts, Beginner and Intermediate, there is really only one: the "Beginner" workout is simply Amy's assistant Liza showing beginning modifications (which she does not do very often here). Similarly, the "Overview" option takes you to the same workout but with added instructions appearing on screen. Finally, although there is a stability ball pictured on the DVD cover, no ball is used for this workout."
Good workout... but false advertising
BC Girl | Victoria, BC | 04/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have completed the workout(s). On the cover, it advertises that there is a 20 min beginner workout, 20 min intermediate workout and 30 min overview. I expected 2 different workouts and I was sorely disappointed! Please be aware: the beginner and intermediate workout is *exactly the same*! The only difference is there is slightly more emphasis on Ms Brown (who is placing her hands differently- say on her hips rather than the floor). Otherwise, it was a good workout... The *only* refuge is the fact I only paid $7 for the dvd. And because of the "false advertisement" I will never buy another one of her dvds again."
Not worth it
Jedidiah S. Slaboda | Brooklyn, NY United States | 01/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This video made me laugh. Pilates is not Yoga. This 20 min workout did not make me sweat. (that to me is a good workout). It seemed to me 2 ladies set up a video camera in the living room and over dubbed the vocals. I was very disappointed."
Another oddly designed Pilates workout
dnk | Boston, MA United States | 03/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am, unfortunately, not a fan of this series. While this workout was more effective than the Pilates for Life: 20 Minute Overall Workout, it just didn't do it for me. The fact that the workout was 17 minutes did not help either.
The workout begins with Pilates breathing, then moves onto Bridging and very modified Leg Circles. Then we move onto our side for circles and the clam series. Then its onto all fours for circles and kicks, then Heel Beats. We end with a neck stretch, then we're done.
I felt this workout more than the 20 minute Overall Body workout, but again I was staring at the television when we were done. There were so many movements that could have been added from the Pilates mat repertoire- I have no idea why they chose to end three minutes early. Also, the voiceover instructions were sometimes not coordinated with what was happening on screen- I was confused at least three times while trying to follow her instructions and what was happening on screen. I'd have been better off not looking at the television at all in some places.
This will give your lower body a workout, but there are better lower body Pilates workouts that will do a better job in about as much time- check out Liz Gillies Core Fitness - Progressive Pilates - Four 10-Minute Target-Tone Workouts for starters."