Today's Review: Element: Total Body Pilates With Mini Ball Kit
Lisa Hubbard, 2011 ***** (5 of 5 stars)
This dvd comes with an inflatable mini ball and is led by Lisa Hubbard. The dvd has one 20 minute total body w/o and one 30 minute total body w/o. The dvd is voiceover and the Lisa works out alone outside in a beautiful lush green set, with a view of the ocean in the background. You will only need your mini-ball for this pilates mat w/o.
20 Minute Total Body Workout: Lisa uses the ball for all the exercises in a variety of positions (in both w/o's). Exercises include: C curve, oblique crunches, hamstring pull, the hundred, pelvic tilt, toe drops & scissors while on the ball, bicycle leg drops, mermaid, side & cat stretches, tri pushups on the ball, low back extensions, single leg teaser 2, and hip flex stretch. Great core work!
30 Minute Total Body Workout: Different exercises than the 1st w/o. Exercises include: pelvic curl to bridge, side knee drops, long leg drops to sides, cork screw, supine mermaid, double & single leg stretch, roll like a ball, saw, side leg lifts, superman, breast stroke, etc. I really felt the work in my lower body & core.
This is def a new fav pilates w/o for me! I love the use of the mini-ball with this! It really amps up the intensity in my opinion. I would rate this an intermediate pilates routine. I really like Lisa- great demeanor, form, pointers, and cuing. The set is gorgeous and Lisa does a fantastic job of creatively using the ball in a ton of different ways to enhance the exercises, really making this an effective & unique pilates workout. Received this dvd to review.
Weekend Party Pics: Went to a bday party the other day. It was an old school slumber party! Fun fun. I didnt stay the night but DH came & picked me up at like 2am so I basically did. We went swimming at like 1:00 am when it finally "cooled" down LOL...heres some pics of the fun.
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