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Energising yet relaxing,
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This review is from: 10 Minute Solution - The Pilates Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Pilates transformed my life in two weeks. I go to the gym or for a long walk every day but this manageable form of exercise makes me feel positive, confident, fit and toned. I sleep like a baby for eight hours and do not wake up with a stiff back any more. My personal belief is that the more efficient muscles I am developing are helping with weight control. I have so far used the Pilates for Beginners and Pilates DVD's by these instructors, who are pleasant, encouraging and ultra effective. In the Beginners disc are five ten-minute segments so that you can do a length of programme of your choosing (10 to 50 minutes) and work your lower or upper body or both. The others are similar with particular parts of the body targeted plus stretches or flexibility exercises. Normally I do one short session after breakfast and another late afternoon and feel great all day. It is true that the teachers in this series move briskly from one exercise to the next but there is a way around this: I listened and watched each movement for the first repetition without doing it, then performed it and finally went through the same 10-minute routine again to remember it. There is always the "pause" button for those who find the pace too fast. This speed does mean that you achieve a good workout in just one segment. The rhythmic, pulsing music low in the background does not irritate me and she gives just enough repetitions to make me work that bit harder: when I feel I cannot do even one more, there is one more and I do it and feel triumphant. If you need light weights you can use two tins of baked beans so that your only outlay is a mat for under £10 and this bargain set.. Apart from a couple of discs of basics for beginners and intermediates, it has more advanced Perfect Body and Rapid Results exercise sessions and, if you do Pilates regularly, you do feel the need for variety, particularly with the repeated instructions. I have tried other DVD's but these 10-minute Solutions are the best. There is just the presenter on a good clear screen whereas some of the others have fussy visuals with distracting extras. These are presented in slim containers and the box is neat and narrow. With this set of four at a very small cost per disc we can all be ready for the New Year on top form. What is there to regret?