Hit the Spot PilatesDenise Austin
Year Released: 2005
Categories: Pilates/Core Strength
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Denise leads this workout with one or more backgrounders (depending on the segment) in various outdoor settings. I like the outdoor sets she uses. The dvd is 75 minutes long with 6 ten minute segments and one 15 minute segment. The dvd is fully programable so you can mix and match as well as "play all." You wont need any equipment for this workout.
There are three 10 minute core/ab segments that get increasinginly more difficult. There are also three 10 minute lower body segments-hips, thighs, and buttocks. Most all the segments include some standing and floor work. The 15 minute segment is a bonus routine that I *think* is new footage.
I am no pilates pro so keep that in mind but I really enjoy this dvd because of its versatility and the nice outdoor setting. Denise isnt really annoying or overly chatty either (I dont think she said burn butter once). I like using segments of this dvd to add on to other w/o's or to string together. I would rate this an intermediate pilates w/o but I may not be the best judge :)
This DVD is divided into 6 10-minute segments: core, waistline, power abs, hips, thighs, & buns. It also includes a 15 minute "Pilates Challenge" for the whole body, and offers a matrix type menu you can use to select the specific segments you want.
Each segment seems to have different background exercisers, and Denise is by herself in several. The backdrops include a pretty studio and an outdoor unidentified tropical location.
Denise usually annoys me with her perkiness, but I felt she was better in this DVD. I liked the moves which were selected--not all strictly pilates moves with which I was familiar, but all appropriately targeted. I found this workout to be very time-efficient and enjoyable.
Her extreme chattiness has annoyed me in other workouts, but not so here.