Pilates for RunnersLaura Tarbell
Year Released: 2012
Categories: Pilates/Core Strength
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In general, I am not a fan of pilates. I like the idea but dislike the DOING of it (I mainly stick with things like Winsor Bun & Thigh). This video has surprised me! There are modifications shown for nearly every move which were really helpful and do-able. I enjoyed the standing portions! There is a balance/leg-lift segment and a running arm/lunge segment. The standing bits added nice variety but didn't feel killer, though the lunge section did get my heart rate up a little. Like most pilates I've tried, there isn't much arm work, however there are several plank segments or moves where you are placing weight on your arms. Also, during the standing balance moves, you hold your arms out to the sides a loooong time (and then you follow that up with push-ups!) Burn! My most UN-loved aspect of pilates is the ab series (I love the side-lying leg work). This video starts with a core prep/abs segment that wasn't overwhelming or overly challenging...plus they showed modifications that I could do (i.e. resting my head on a yoga block, keeping my knees bent.) No sore neck for me with this video!
Tarbell is professional and seems to know what she's doing. The cueing is okay. I don't think Tarbell mirror cues and a couple of times the background exercisers false start a move before it's time (which kind of reiterates for me that the cueing could be better). If not for that little quibble, I'd have no complaints. I really enjoyed this one!