I've been using Hoopla a lot lately for my workouts. You should absolutely check to see if your local library is a part of it. Not only are there lots of fitness and workout DVD's available to borrow, there's also all kinds of movies, TV shows, and audio books. I recently discovered that Hoopla also has quite a few of Mari Winsor's Pilates DVD's. I recently tried my first one, Mari Winsor's Flat Abs Pilates (affiliate link), so I wanted to share what I thought of it.
Workout 1 This workout was called Flat Abs, and let me tell you, it definitely worked my core. In the 20 minutes it took me to complete it my abs felt like they were on fire and I was sore the next day. I haven't done much Pilates previously, so I felt like I was constantly trying to figure out if I was doing things correctly. Mari was good at cuing, which helped to make sure I was working the right body part. It was also helpful that there were people demonstrating the easier and harder modifications. I almost always did the easier version. I can tell that people who do the advanced ones are hard core! The only downside was that it was sometimes tough to see the modifications because for the most part the camera was on the person doing the regular moves.
Workout 2 This workout was 23 minutes long and called Abs Definition. It was tougher than the first one. I definitely struggled a few times with some moves. I just didn't have the core strength I needed to complete them. I think because of this, Mari Winsor's Flat Abs Pilates would be better suited to someone who has a Pilates background. I found this workout a lot less fun than the first one. I think that's because it was so hard and I was struggling to keep up. A lot of the modifications in this workout involved keeping your legs bent instead of straightening them out. This meant you weren't using your core as much.
Workout 3 The last one on the DVD is called the Total Body Workout. Clocking in at 13 minutes, I thought this would be a great add on to a cardio workout. It covered upped body, lower body, as well as core work, all in a short amount of time. This was also my favorite workout of the three.
Despite the fact that this DVD was focused on working the core, there were hardly any crunches in any of the workouts, which was nice. I meant it help my attention and I didn't get bored from doing the same thing over and over. Once again, I think the people that would get the most out of Mari Winsor's Flat Abs Pilates (affiliate link) would be those who have done some Pilates in the past and have a basic knowledge of it already. I think if this was my first introduction to Pilates I'd be a little overwhelmed.
Do you have a favorite Pilates workout? Leave me a comment telling me about it.
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My name is Fiona and I'm a CSEP certified personal trainer, yogi, soccer player, and foodie (baking is my thing) living in Calgary. Thanks for visiting Get Fit Fiona. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into my life and the workouts and recipes that I share.