AM/PM Stretch

Madeleine Lewis
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Athletic Stretch

General workout breakdown: This DVD has two 30 minute routines and one 20 minute routine. The A.M. includes some core (abdominal and lower back) work and posture awareness in addition to the stretches, meaning itís more energizing than relaxing. The P.M. stretch is good for relaxing at any time. It includes a quick foot and lower leg massage (lovely!) and a brief relaxation segment in addition to stretches. The Power Stretch has some yoga-inspired moves but isnít yoga, so if you want the benefits of yoga but arenít into yoga, this might be the thing for you.
Hereís the lists of exercises:
AM Stretch: warm up (shoulder shrugs, deep breathing, spine stretch), alternating knee to chest, ankle circles, back, hip, arm circles, pelvic tilts, core strengthening, torso twist, hamstring, buttocks, quadriceps, right hip rotator, butterfly, neck, left hip rotator, abdominal, (elbow) plank, shoulder, back, [transition from floor to standing] hamstring stretch, triceps, side, deltoid, chest, wrist extension, and standing postural awareness.
PM Stretch: standing warm up (arm raises, chest, shoulder circles, lower back), knee lifts, ankle rotation, hip flexor, runnerís lunge, wrist stretch, quadriceps, back extension, side, hip & back, seated spinal twist, angle stretch & foot massage, prone back stretch, inner thigh, prone spinal twist, hamstring, cool down (relaxation, mermaid, shoulder circles, triceps & deltoid, and neck).

Level: Iíd recommend this to an experienced beginner through an intermediate exerciser. Iím solidly intermediate but still have limited flexibility. Iíve found these workouts appropriate.

Class: Madeleine only with instruction via voiceover.

Music / Set / Production Notes: The instrumental music is pleasant. All workouts are filmed outdoors in the Canadian Rocky Mountains; one is on a patio overlooking the mountains and the other two are by mountain streams.

Equipment: mat (or equivalent). Madeleine is barefoot for all routines.

Comments: You do not need a lot of space to do this workout. You should be able to lie down with your arms and legs extended and be able to move your limbs around freely.

DVD Notes: The DVD allows you to choose your workout, pick a chapter (intro, warm up, workout, or cooldown), or turn off the music. It also has an interview with Madeleine about her background. The short booklet included breaks down of the AM and PM workouts and has a few helpful suggestions about how to use the routines.

Conclusion: I donít do this often, since I regularly do yoga instead of athletic stretching, but Iím holding on to this DVD. The PM is definitely my favorite and is relaxing. This is similar to but slightly more intense than Tamilee Webbís Stretch for Flexibility (which also starts standing and moves to the floor, pausing for a brief relaxation segment, too).

Instructor Comments:
Madeleineís voice is clear and pleasant. She cues well, and the cues are well coordinated with the movement compared to most voiceovers. However, she is not always very precise with her description of movements or naming of muscles, and she doesnít always mirror cue. She does work each side evenly.