AM/PM StretchMadeleine Lewis
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Athletic Stretch
This is a really nice 30 minute stretch routine. However, if you are looking for something like Karen Voight's Pure and Simple Stretch, this isn't it. AM Stretch is more like a yoga video, with voiceover cueing and a natural outdoor setting. There is a tiny bit of yoga and core strength mixed in and an emphasis on correct posture.
Instead of doing a single stretch on one side and then repeating it on the other, Madeline works through a series of 5-6 stretches before repeating it on the other side. The transitions between moves are smooth and gentle. Her cueing is excellent throughout – it would definitely be possible to do this workout without looking at the screen at all. She also has a lot of tips for beginners and those who are less flexible.
The workout begins with some gentle seated and supine stretches to get the body moving. She then transitions into some interesting core work and more supine stretches for the legs and back. Next is another supine series for the lower body before moving into a quadriceps stretch and seated spinal twist. The stretches are held for a good length of time – much longer than you would find in a typical cool-down. Using a quadriceps stretch as a transition, Madeline then moves into a seated sequence for the upper body. The next section begins lying on your stomach for some back work, transitioning into a plank move for core strength, some back stretches, and an interesting downward-facing-dog combination. This brings you to a standing position, where the workout is concluded with some upper body stretches and a short posture exercise.
Overall this is a really good stretching routine that works all parts of the body. If you’re looking for something dynamic or athletic, this isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for something that gives you the physical benefits of yoga without the spiritual aspect, this might be for you.
The DVD also includes PM Stretch, a short power stretch routine and an interview with Madeline. A great addition to any video collection.
Madeleine is very calm and straighforward in this video. She seems to focus on good instruction rather than creating any sort of mood. Gentle is a word that comes to mind.