Maintenance Pilates for Weight Loss
with trainer Ana Caban
You will love it if:
These are fairly classical Pilates workouts. Pilates is ideal for protecting the spine, improving core strength and posture, and offering a no impact workout that can be done in a tight space. It is also virtually impossible to hurt yourself while doing Pilates mat work. Pilates is a very specific workout routine developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. While the workouts included on this DVD diverge slightly from Pilates’ original vision, they do not diverge greatly from Pilates’ method, so you will see a lot of the same moves repeated during each of the workouts. So this video series offers enough variety to allow you to spice up your workouts a little if you plan to do Pilates every day, but in order to stay fairly close to the Pilates’ method, they are a bit repetitive.
Ana Caban has a nice, soothing voice, and gives good instructions and reminders throughout the video. She does not crack jokes or shout messages of encouragement—so she has the perfect personality and voice for a relaxing workout. Though the workouts feel relaxing, Pilates is anything but easy when it is done with proper form. Pay attention to the instructions and pointers, use control while doing the movements, and you will get a great core workout.
The best thing about this DVD, as compared with other Pilates DVDs, is that it includes three workouts of different lengths—27 minutes, 15 ½ minutes, and 8 ½ minutes. I like that the workouts vary in length so I have more options to fit my schedule. The 8 ½ minute workout is also an audio workout so you can take it with you wherever you go. I loaded that workout onto my i-pod, so I can do it pretty much anywhere. At first, the idea of an audio workout sounded crazy to me. I was sure I would have difficulty figuring out what I was supposed to do. It was actually really easy to follow along, and I liked that I could do the workout with my eyes closed or in a natural setting (like at the beach).
The only equipment used in these videos is your body! It is an ideal workout to take with you when you travel. However, you will want a soft rug or workout mat to perform the workouts on since you will be lying on your back and/or side for each of the workouts.
The workouts require very little space. If you can lie down on your back and extend your arms overhead and out to the sides, you will have enough space to complete this workout.
If you have already have experience with Pilates and know you can do the standard Pilates mat moves, you will be able to try these videos. If you have never done Pilates before, but you can easily touch your toes and hold a plank position for a few minutes without resting, you will also be able to start with an intermediate level Pilates videos. This was my first Pilates video, and I was able to do all but one of the moves with proper form just based on her instructions. (I have since watched instructional videos and found my feet were lined up incorrectly for one of the moves.) However, if you have trouble imitating other people’s movements or maintaining proper form, you may want to watch some instructional videos on YouTube or buy a program that includes an instructional DVD—I would recommend the instructional video that comes with the Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Workout Set.
What NOT to Expect
Do not expect to get a cardiovascular workout or strength in your arms and legs. Pilates does not target the muscles in your arms and legs—it focuses on the butt, hip, back, and abdominal muscles. It is also a toning video that is done in a slow, controlled manor. Your breathing will also be slow and controlled and your heart rate will increase only slightly during this workout.
How does Maintenance Pilates for Weight Loss compare to other similar programs?
This is my favorite Pilates program because it comes with the audio workout (which I love having on my i-pod so I can do Pilates no matter where I am), and includes workouts of a variety of different lengths—8 ½, 15 ½, and 27 minutes. However, all of these workouts are an intermediate level. If this is your first time trying Pilates, I would highly recommend Winsor Pilates: Basic 3 DVD Workout Set. This is definitely the best Pilates program for teaching proper form, and Winsor shows you how to both beginner and intermediate versions of every move during her workouts. This allows you to start as a beginner and progress to an intermediate level. If you’d like something longer than 27 minutes, Winsor Pilates: Basic 3 DVD Workout Set also includes a longer 52 minute workout. If you want a wider variety of workouts, 5 Day Fit Pilates includes four different intermediate workouts that are all about 25 minutes long and one 13 minute beginner workout. If you are a Pilates enthusiast or really want to learn Pilates according to the classical method as Joseph Pilates intended for them to be done, you might try Classical Pilates Technique: The Complete Mat Workout Series.
BETTER FOR BEGINNERS
Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Set
SHORTER WITH NON-PILATES MOVES MIXED IN
10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Pilates
5 Day Fit Pilates
BEST FOR LEARNING CLASSICAL TECHNQUE
Classical Pilates Technique
BETTER FOR YOUR BOOTIE
Winsor Pilates Bun & Thigh Sculpting
Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Set
MORE CHALLENGING NON-PILATES MAT WORKOUT
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout