10 Minute Solution: Pilates

Lara Hudson
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Pilates/Core Strength

I have never done a review before without doing the tape first but this tape I will never do. I flipped out when I saw what it was like. This video is very cheaply produced and it looks like someone is in the back of the room of an aerobics class with his video camera on a tripod taping while the class goes on. The instructor that is teaching is in front and the rest of the class is behind them but they are all in front of a mirror so it looks like you are in the classroom along with them. Seems like every other person messes up while learning the steps and the whole thing is totally confusing, I have never had to learn step like this before. The camera shots are going in all different directions and I don't see how anyone could learn the steps. The workout is taught by about 9 different instructors each teaching for about 15 mintues but since there are so many different combinations, nobody seems to know what they are doing. Sorry this is such a negative review but this is one workout that I will never even give a chance, way too awkward for me. Too many confused people not knowing what they are doing just doesn't interest me.

Instructor Comments:
There are so many instructors that you can't pick just one to comment on.

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 weights. However, I have enjoyed branching out into Pilates and workouts on the ball as well. I have been looking for a Pilates workout with short segments that I could use as “sparks” or “add ons”. I think I have found it in this DVD.

This workout includes five sections: Pilates for Abs, Pilates for Buns & Thighs, Sculpting Pilates, Pilates Burn, and Pilates for Flexibility. Each section is ten minutes and she packs a lot into each ten-minute segment. I found some of the sections hard, especially the one for buns and thighs. The DVD allows you to choose a number of segments, repeating a segment if you wish, in any order you like.

This is NOT a beginner’s workout where she teaches you how to do the moves. However, she does give descriptions I haven’t heard before and that clarified some of the moves for me. Some of the sections were not pure Pilates, but veered into Pilates-like moves. However, many of the moves were standard Pilates moves.

She is straight forward and descriptive.

Laura S.