This 90-minute Pilates-based workout, based on the book Body Control The Pilates Way With Lynne Robinson
, strengthens muscles while improving posture and flexibility, "building strength from within". Lynne Robinson is a mature instructor whose instructions are clear and visual: "Imagine that from your knee to your hip joint is a wooden spoon, and your hip is a bowl of porridge, and you're stirring the spoon in the porridge". This is a thorough and clear introduction to Pilates, though you won't master it in a hurry. Section 1, a 10-minute introduction to body alignment, shows you how to do the key postural positions with correct technique before you start the workout. Section 2 (25 minutes) is your "daily warm-up," designed to stretch and strengthen the whole body, starting with breathing and alignment techniques and advancing into slow, controlled movements that target the core muscles and work various body parts independently, all done lying down. Props needed include a scarf, pillow and tennis ball. In Section 3 (45 minutes), you work various muscles in isolation from a standing, lying-down or sitting position. The exercises look deceptively simple--such as twisting at the waist while holding a pole on your shoulders or doing the familiar curl-up--but the alignment challenges for doing each movement correctly are considerable. Section 4 is a cool-down and relaxation. --Joan Price, Amazon.com
Lynne Robinson presents this Pilates workout. Included are an introduction to the key postural positions and correct breathing technique, a warm up, a comprehensive workout including some advanced techniques and a relaxation session.