Quick Fix Total Mix Yoga & PilatesTracy York, Suzanne Donegan
Year Released: 2001
Categories: Pilates/Core Strength , Yoga
I’m reviewing this workout after doing the yoga portion a couple of times and the Pilates portion numerous times over the past few years (but not lately).
General workout breakdown: This DVD contains 8 10-minute segments, 4 of which are yoga, 4 Pilates. All segments move at a leisurely pace, as the instructors leave enough time to set up each move.
*Yoga Energy begins in mountain pose, adding on a standing forward fold and side bends. This leads into a series of sun salutations
*Yoga Strength begins seated, moving to cat and dog tilt and twist while on all fours, plank-low lunges into downward facing dog (including three-legged variation), crescent pose (including moving up and down and then twisting), child pose to down dog to plank to side plank, boat pose, and ends seated.
*Yoga Flex begins in mountain pose, which bends forward with a shoulder stretch; this leads into a forward bend with a twist. Cobra with a shoulder stretch is next, followed by locust and then child’s pose. Seated twists, straddle / open angle stretch with side bends, (reverse) table top, seated forward bend with legs extended, and cross-legged position fill the last 5 minutes.
*Yoga Challenge begins in mountain pose and proceeds into sun salutations. After a few “normal” ones, Suzanne adds variations, such as moving from plank to down dog and back again, then holding plank and bring knee to nose. Next come warrior 2 and side angle pose, while doing the cobra-down dog series in between. The final series is chair pose, which then twists to each side. After a forward bend, you end standing back in mountain pose. (This is the most challenging of the yoga segments and would be best tackled after you feel comfortable with the other three. You could then switch it out with Yoga Energy to make a slightly more intense workout.)
*Pilates Abs begins with breathing / centering, which leads into the hundred, roll up, single leg circle, single leg stretch, criss cross, and double leg stretch; the practice ends with spine stretch forward.
*Pilates Lower Body performs a side leg kick series all on one side first, then the other. The exercises are front & back, “hot potato,” up & down, the one where you hold your upper leg still while bringing the lower up to meet it, little circles, and a little stretch.
*Pilates Total Body begins with a slight backbend (more of a breast stroke prep). Next come heel beats, double leg kicks, swimming, child’s pose, saw, scissors (i.e. single straight leg stretch), reverse plank with leg lift, and plank with leg lift. The segment ends with mermaid stretch.
*Pilates Challenge with what Stott calls a half rollback, which Tracy then has you hold first with feet on the ground and then with them off, adding in some arm movements. Next comes the hundred, backstroke (a reformer move), scissors (i.e. single straight leg stretch), scissor with a twist (i.e. criss cross with scissor legs), double straight leg stretch, and knee drop (with some variations); you end seated. (This is the most challenging of the Pilates segments and would be best tackled after you feel comfortable with the other three.)
Level: I’d recommend this to someone who’s maybe dabbled in either discipline to a low intermediate. If you’re new to either discipline, I recommend also taking a live class or grabbing a book and/or instructional video to help with form, etc. I got this when I considered myself an experienced beginner in both disciplines and was grateful for the modifications. I didn’t use the yoga all that much since I wanted something more from that practice, but I worked my way up through Pilates routine until I felt confident to begin tackling intermediate workouts. I’m now almost a solid intermediate, and these segments are on the easy side for me.
Class: In each segment, the instructor is joined by two women, one of whom shows modifications.
Music: Typical upbeat instrumental Quick Fix music with a beat; it’s better than average fitness video stuff. Perhaps it’s not the most suitable music for a yoga video, but it works for this type of video.
Set: bright interior space, with windows, brick walls, metal door, and various other textures. Furniture is off in the corner, along with some brightly colored wall art of some sort.
Production: typical good quality picture and sound from the QF series, with helpful camera angles.
Equipment: mat (or equivalent). All participants in both workouts are barefoot.
Space Requirements: enough room to lie down with arms and legs extended and be able to sweep your arms and feet to each side.
DVD Notes: The main menu asks you to select the QuickFix Overview, Workouts 1-8, Customize Your Workout, Biographies, and Weblink. Each 10 minute segment is chaptered separately, with no chapters in between; the introductions (which are pretty helpful since both explain terminology, etc.) are chaptered separately. The neat thing about this DVD is the Customize Your Workout, or Workout Blender, feature, which allows you to select any three segments from either workout in any order you’d like.
Conclusion: I think this video is underrated. When I was picking Pilates back up after a year after my thorough Stott class, I didn’t need an instructional video; I needed something that would help me work up to all of those videos out there that assumed I had pre-existing abs strength and flexibility. This video really helped me work up to the beginner / intermediate crossover point, and I’m happy I found it because I might have become too discouraged with my seeming lack of progress to continue pursuing Pilates. Neither practice is the flashiest or most exciting, but they are nice little videos with some good options.
These two Quick Fix videos are definitely easier than either QF Power Yoga or Pilates Abs (which are distinct videos with different instructors) or 10 Minute Solution Yoga or Pilates.
Both instructors do a good job of instructing and cueing. Neither are particularly obnoxious.
Suzanne is more of a fitness instructor than a yogi, but most people who use this workout probably won’t mind that and may even appreciate it. She seems uncomfortable and mannered in front of the camera, perhaps reading off of cue cards. She has a pleasant personality and cues decently.
Tracy is also more of a fitness instructor than a Pilates master, but again that won’t bother most folksbecause Tracy’s pretty knowledgeable about Pilates. She’s more comfortable in front of the camera and upbeat in personality than Suzanne is and cues better, although she trips up a few cues.