Power Zone - Mind, Body, SoulDenise Austin
Year Released: 2003
Iím just going to do a short review because I only had this for a brief period some months ago.
This workout has approximately 10 minutes of standing yoga, 20 minutes of standing Pilates and ballet, and 10 minutes of dancy movement / dynamic stretching for a total of 40 minutes. Denise leads two young women in a darkish interior set meant to look like a courtyard. (Itís a nice set; it just needs a little more light for my tastes.) The Spanish guitar-type music was pleasant and suited the workout well, from what I remember.
Iíd recommend this to an experienced beginner (i.e. someone with some yoga, Pilates, and maybe a little dance experience) to low intermediate. I didnít find this one challengingódefinitely a light day workout. At the time I considered myself crossing over from the beginner to intermediate level of Pilates and yoga, and I was at least a solidly intermediate with respect to cardiovascular activity.
I love Lisa Wheeler (who did the choreography); I love yoga, Pilates, and ballet; but I donít love this video, so it went back on the exchange. Itís not a bad video. I think itís more that it just wasnít for me.
Similar videos are Liz Gilliesí Progressive Pilates for Weight Loss, which also has dance and standing Pilates sections; Jennifer Kries Pilates Method and The Method: Dance to Fitness videos, which combine dance, Pilates, and yoga; and Breakthru Pilates Plus, which also has separate ballet, Pilates, and yoga segments. Another video with standing Pilates and ballet-type moves is The Method: Standing Pilates, which I havenít personally tried.
Denise is very encouraging, reminding you how great youíll look, and cues decently (but prior experiences in the disciplines very, very helpful as there is minimal form instruction). She has a breathy voice, for what itís worth. This was my first experience with Denise as an instructor, and I didnít love her but didnít hate her. She is a bit enthusiastic for my tastes, such as when she gets really into the ďseaweedĒ dance step. (ďAnd seaweed! And seaweed!Ē)