Body Ring Workout

Ana Caban
Year Released: 2001

Categories: Pilates/Core Strength

With strength work, I am an intermediate exerciser, who doesn’t really want to move up to advanced work. Most of the time, I do traditional strength work with weight. However, I have enjoyed branching out into Pilates and workouts on the ball as well. Most recently, I have been on a quest to find good workouts with which I can use my Pilates fitness circle. So far, I’ve tried one of Moira Stott’s workouts and Karen Voight’s workouts, and then this one.

The box says that this workout is 40 minutes; and it is if you watch from the FBI warning through the credits. I did it in 35 minutes.

The workout is set on a dock by a lake. I’ve seen it before in another Ana Caban workout. Tara joins Ana in this workout as a background exerciser, but she does not show modifications. They do the same moves throughout the workout. The workout is done with voice over and it is accompanied by light instrumental music. Ana gives form pointers throughout the workout and describes the moves in a clear way. A few stretches are inserted between more strength-oriented moves throughout the workout.

Below are the moves contained in the workout. In each case, you hold and/or use the fitness circle in some way.

Warm up with stretches and twists
Roll ups
Single leg stretch
Double leg stretch
Criss Cross
Spine stretch forward
Leg press downs
Leg press ups
Double leg lifts
Back extensions
Leg lifts
Heel beats
Pelvic lifts
Seated leg press downs
Single arm press
Double arm press
Chest presses
Lat pull downs
Spine twists
Arm circles
Leg presses
Final stretches

Between “seated leg press downs” and “final stretches”, the moves are done on a chair. To me, this workout felt like a traditional Pilates workout with the insertion of moves specifically for the fitness circle.

Of the three workouts I’ve tried with the fitness circle, I think this is my favorite. Moira Stott’s is a bit dry and I had trouble doing a couple of the moves. Karen Voight’s left my inner thighs BURNING, but she didn’t use the circle with the entire body and much of it felt like traditional floor work, something I generally don’t enjoy as much as Pilates. This workout wasn’t super intense, but it did leave me feeling pleasantly worked out.

Instructor Comments:
Ana has a calm, straightforward manner and gives form pointers throughout the workout.

Laura S.