In this short workout, instructor Callan Pinckney expands on the hips and behind exercises included in her original Callanetics video. This is a very different form of exercise, as the movements are small and precise but performed for a high number of repetitions (100 of each here).
This video begins with two warmup stretches, one for the entire body and one for the neck. Then it's on to the floor for seated work targeted on the hips and buttocks. While holding onto a ballet barre or the back of a chair, you bend one leg forward and the other to the side; you then gently pulse the leg back and forth 100 times. Each exercise is performed with both a bent and then a straight leg on both sides of the body; following this, the entire series is repeated while kneeling. It's a bit tricky to get the hang of the exercises at first, as you really have to focus on tilting your hipbone downward while simultaneously curving your pelvis forward (which is important for protecting your back). The workout ends with a lying stretch to relax your leg, hip, buttock, and back muscles.
Although it may take a little while to get used to these unique exercises, once you master the form, you can really feel the moves targeting exactly where they are supposed to--the hips and behind. Quick Callanetics is a great way to achieve amazing results in a short amount of time for these hard to tone areas.
Callan is a bit less cheese-y in this video than in the original Callanetics workout. She looks great for her age and offers lots of pointers during the exercises.
Beth (aka toaster)
January 30, 2004