Denise Austin, 2010
This dvd has three 15 minute zone specific (upper body, lower body, and core) pilates-esque routines on it. The dvd allows you to mix & match or select an individual workout. Denise works out in an open space with wood floors & multicolored window type panels with 4 background exercisers. You will need a towel (or stretchy band) and dumbbells for this workout.
Zone 1 Abs & Core: This routine utilizes a towel (I used a stretchy band) to vary the intensity of the moves. or support the neck, or to put between your knees to intensify the lower ab effect. I really liked the use of the towel & it definatly added variety and intensity to the work. Some of the moves include: C-curves, side bends, roll downs, toe dips, roll ups w/ torso twist, doulbe leg stretch pulling the towel over & under the legs, bicycle, can can (fun!), saw, lower abdominal crunches, straight leg drop variations, modified T-stand into a twist, knee to elbow pull on all 4's, plank with leg lifts, etc. Very enjoyable & effective-my favorite section.
Zone 2 Upper Body: This section uses light dumbbells (1-5 #s); I would consider it a flowing -light toning/pilates routine. Moves include bug w/ back fly, pilates stance & pliets w/ chest scoops, pliet w/ preacher curls, side lunge while circling your weights, pulsing chair pose w/ tricep kickback, side lunge w/ a row & torso twist, a flowing move that includes overhead tricep pres - kickbacks - and a soft lunge, renegade rows, pilates- type pushup variations, pec fly w/ leg extension, pec fly while bicycling the legs, and a reverse plank.
Zone 3 Buns & Thighs: This section requires no props and I would consider it a flowing- light toning/ pilates routine. Standing exercises include: pilates style lunge & side lunge to curtsy, torso twist, balancing stick, 1 legged squat w/ knee lift, & pliet. Floor work includes: donkey kicks while lying on your belly, single leg swings (lying on your side), inner thigh lift variations, & leg cirlces in modified T-stand.
I really like shorter, mix & match, or add on type pilates routines. It is rare that I would do a 60 minute pilates workout, so I am a big fan of the multiple shorter routines on 1 dvd. Denise is fairly mellow in this one and her cueing and form pointers are very good. I like this workout and will definately be using it often as an add on to other w/o's. I would rate this high beginner level. It is perfect for those of us who arent huge fans of pilates or for those looking for "not your typical pilates" routine.