Designed by the experts at Prevention magazine, this unique routine is designed to strengthen, tone and stretch every muscle in your body. The Pilates Core routine works the muscles in your abs and back while sculpting yo... more »ur hips, shoulders and legs. The Ballet Core workout elongates and firms your entire body so you'll stand taller and look slimmer. To achieve maximum results with these exercises, you can use the included resistance band, your own body weight, or hand weights for added intensity. Includes "Smart Ways To Live Well" bonus segments.« less
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to strengthen your muscles and tone up, then this is for you. I really like Prevention dvds because they are doable for almost everyone. They provide a 6 foot band you can use in this routine and I found that's helped a lot for my flexability. In this, there is toning done standing up and a floor routine. It's a good way to help your posture and lengthen your muscles. It has a ballet inspired segment (for which you'll need some balance) and I love the unique way that you can choose which music you want - either relaxing or energising. I thought the instructor was really good and she cues well so you know what's up next. The whole workout is done in under an hour and I've done it twice already and found it fun and it worked different muscles that I haven't worked out in a while. I'm going to continue doing this for a while yet, because I really like this one and recommend it to everyone."
Multiple levels for all
ADags | Falls Church, VA USA | 05/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great relaxing video. If your having a tired day you can pop this in and just to a light modified workout, but if you want to build strength in you arms, abs, and legs, just add the resistant band and the free weights and you'll be toned in no time."
High beginner to low intermediate at best
dnk | Boston, MA United States | 03/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A few years ago, I was first in line to buy 10 10 Minute Solution Yoga, and I enjoyed it. Since then, I've tried out most of Hudson's other workouts, and I just haven't found anything as good as that release. Sadly, this was not an exception.
I like the concept: a two-part Pilates workout, half floorwork and half standing, enhanced by the band. I also liked a lot of the movements that she chose, particularly for the standing segment (they're calling this ballet, but I'm seeing a lot of the Pilates Standing Series there). Unfortunately, the movements in both segments take so long to set up that I feel like I lose a lot of the "work" I'd normally get in a more traditional and fluid Pilates program. While there were a couple of movements that made me feel like I was working (the standing Arabesque and prone Arm Circles among them), that was more the exception than the rule. I felt like I hadn't really worked out, and that was after almost 50 minutes. While I appreciate that I might have a more advanced Pilates practice than others, I think a workout that is billed for Intermediates and that includes two modifiers should provide some opportunities for progressing.
This might be challenging for beginners and low intermediates, but anyway past that point will probably not find that this was time well-spent."
Cikk | Malta | 11/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've bought a few Prevention fitness DVDs and found them uninspiring, a bit too much of the same old same old. I got this one because it had Lara Hudson's name on it, and I like her - she uses innovative takes on classic pilates moves,. her cueing is excellent - she gives you time to set up and explains the moves without wasting precious time - and she's pleasant without being loud or overly perky... no whooping, ever - thank gods! (Yes, I am super fussy..... )
This is yet another goody, and the only Prevention keeper. Afterwards, I felt muscles I hadn't felt in a while. There's a floor routine and a standing routine, both make use of the (included) band, but one modifier uses weights. Simpler AND more advanced moves are also demo'd. The whole routine comes to just under an hour. You can of course split it up. I enjoyed it, and it's going into my regular rotation.
I hope to see more DVDs by Lara Hudson."
Good but slow moving
Elaine | 01/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this was well done but too much explanation at the beginning of each exercise. Once thru I got impatient waiting for her to explain. The Exercises are helpfull though."