I began working out 4 years ago when I tried the 10 Minute Solutions Pilates DVDs and have been hooked on the series ever since. I have tried other pilates (and other workouts) DVDs, but few have been as fun, enjoyable or effective as those in the 10 Minute Solutions series and this new one is no different. I love the idea of using the ball in pilates, as it presents more challenging ways to get more out of the classic moves and it provides more innovative moves that are not as common. I really love all sections of this DVD. They are as follows: Pilates for Abs-This section focuses of course on the abs, but the ball intensifies the movements. The other thing I enjoyed was that while I was familiar with many of the moves, there were some that were new or that put a new spin on the classic moves. Lower Body Pilates-One of the areas of the body that I find especially hard to work is the inner thighs. This workout enables me to focus on them as well as the rest of my lower body. Upper Body Pilates-I was expecting to use weights with this section, as with the other 10 Minute Solutions Fitness Ball workout, but was surprised when they were not going to be utilized. I wasn't sure if I would be able to work my upper body effectively or efficiently without weights, but I was pleasantly surprised. This workout is a departure from many upper body workouts that I have done and really enjoyed it. Pilates for Flexibility- This section I used at the end of my workout. It was very relaxing and I could feel the muscles stretch after a very challenging 40 minute workout. I can see me just popping this on after a hard day at the office. It is relaxing, but stretches and relaxes all of your muscles very well. Total Body Pilates-It's just that, a great mixture of exercises to tone and work the entire body. I really thought there was a nice variety of moves to work every area very well. Overall, I completely recommend this workout. I consider myself at an intermediate/advanced level and I found this to be very challenging. Some of the exercises that are more difficult I will have to work up to, so I can continue to advance with this DVD. I also love the instructor. She was pleasant without being obnoxious. Her cuing and instruction was impeccable. This will be in regular rotation in my workout schedule. I can't wait to see what other gems will be released in this series.
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes