AM/PM StretchMadeleine Lewis
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Athletic Stretch
I recently got this DVD. My preference is for athletic stretch videos and very straight-forward yoga stretches. My capacity for the “woo woo” factor is quite low.
First I did AM Stretch and was ready to toss the DVD on my trade pile. There was really nothing WRONG with the workout, it just didn’t keep my attention and didn’t seem as good as the other stretch tapes I have (Yoga Stretch, Slim & Limber, Tamilee’s stretch workouts, etc.). Then, I did PM Stretch and really liked it, so I am keeping the DVD for the second workout.
Keep in mind WHY I so like the PM Stretch workout because it might not apply to you. I have arthritis and the worst joints in my body are (in order) my hands/wrists and my ankles/feet. In this stretch workout, she has stretches for both those areas of the body and they feel sooooooo good to me. I don’t have them in any other stretch tape or DVD, so that is why I am keeping this DVD. On the other hand, she seemed to give less than optimal attention to the neck area, another problem area for me.
The production values are quite good in both the workouts. The scenery is gorgeous. Madeline does the workouts by herself, with no background exercisers. She gives precise instruction with frequent form pointers. Her manner (all in voice over) is matter of fact and descriptive. Personally, I didn’t really like her manner a lot, but I didn’t dislike it either. I can’t even begin to tell you anything about the music – or, even if there was music. I don't think there was.
Her manner is calm and straight forward. She is a good cuer. It's done in voice over, but I also sensed less connection with her than a lot of other workouts, even ones done as a voice over.