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Yogalates: Complete (Box Set) [DVD]
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Australian Louise Solomon has combined the ancient system of yoga with the modern system Pilates, resulting in her own Yogalates. Her intention is to unite yogas breathing, its internal workout, and its benefits for stress and anxiety together with the Pilates focus on strengthening deeper muscles. But her promise that this can help you lose weight in 28 days cheapens her premise. The implication that neither system is adequate is also misleading. Nevertheless Yogalates will appeal to older, professional women looking for a toning regime. Solomon is not at ease as a presenter: as a teacher her style features constant talking and instruction, which is good if you want your mind occupied, but stressful if you want to clear your mind and relax. Her strengths lie in encouraging knowledge of the body, notably the spine and the natural curves. Those familiar with yoga will gain most from this, otherwise following it can be confusing. The other key problem is that many of the stretches involve a particular resistance band. You can try and make do with a pair of lycra leggings, but eventually youll give up. This looks deceptively easy--its not. If you can stick it through, the chances are you will tone up in 28 days. But dont expect it to be fun. --Lorna V --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The DVD's in the boxset are as following:
- Yogalates: Look great in 28 days!
- Total Body Toner: 4 Workouts, Abs, Upper Body, Lower Body and all 3 together for the advanced student.
- Ultimate Yogalates: Sculpts and tones buttocks and legs, arms and abs.
- Yogalates Energizer: Workouts using the resistance band which is included with this DVD.
- Yogalates Firm, Fit & Flexible: Focuses on stretching and strengthening.
All of these DVD's are available seperately.
I think this boxset is a great purchase, you are spoilt for choice with workouts as on average there are 2-4 workouts on each dvd so you can do 1 section of a DVD that takes 20 mins or do the whole dvd and do an hour.
In most of the reviews I have read people have said that they don't like Louise's voice and that they find it patronising. You have to realise that as being a yoga teacher she talks very slowly, and a lot, in a very soothing voice. I don't find it irritating at all, the commentary helps me to do the moves, especially when I'm all bent out of shape and I can't see the telly to follow the students! I'm not particularly confident at Yogalates so I appreciate the continual breakdown of moves.
You don't really need any kit for this DVD. A resistance band is included with Yogalates Energizer, but if you haven't bought that then you might want to consider buying either a resistance band or the DVD (though the DVD is probably cheaper!) as I find the resistance band is really useful to do difficult moves.Read more ›
To describe the actual process: well, it's calm and slow, meditative, yet very intensive. Sometimes it's as little as holding a pose like you've paused midst-crunch, and it feels like it lasts forever, building strength into your abs. yet, it's so gentle no never feel like you're straining joints, etc. There's no annoying background music, Louise talks through the exercises which helps sometimes (reminds you to relax face muscles which you didn't realize were clenched) and sometimes you have to have extra breaths to get back in time with her breaths, as she talks so long sometimes. Still, never a problem. Once you've done the exercises enough, you should have it memorized. I do, and the other day when my dvd player wouldn't play, I did my own routine using my favourite moves. It utilizes yoga poses, of which I'm not familiar, as I never did exercise like this before, but they're like intense stretches. It strengthens the core muscles around your spine and if you're a true beginner, follow her beginner routine.Read more ›
This DVD is short - about 70 minutes whereas others can be as long as 240 minutes.
For this length of time, the DVD is quite expensive. It was £3.99 when I bought it!!!!!
The statement 'lose weight and look great in 28 days' is the type of thing I hate on dvds. You won't 'lose weight and look great' JUST doing this dvd, and certainly not in 28 days. Yes you'll be more flexible but over-hyping the 'breakthrough workout' was not necessary.
The exercises/postures are fine - nothing special.
The choreography is fine but there are few suggestions for adaptations. At one stage, there are 6 other people also doing the exercise but as they are all doing them at exactly the same level and all wearing black, this is a bit pointless - not even interesting to look at. The most inspiring set of moves is before the introduction and sadly these don't actually feature in the work out.
If you are looking for a flowing, clearly explained workout that really does combine pilates and yoga, try the excellent Stephanie Fosters Advanced Yoga Workout instead. It is suitable for all levels and I have used it regularly for years and always feel great afterwards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've just read 'Lorna c' description of Louise Solomon's workouts, who works for Amazon and I'm here to tell you this isn't accurate. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julie
This is excellent for toning and improving muscle control. It is an easy and gentle way to improve flexibilty without having to be young and fitPublished 16 months ago by M G
These videos are great and they all have new moves to try you! Really helps with flexibility and I feel so relaxed and calm afterwards. Highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by jane
I wish I could give 4 and a half stars. My main gripe with it is the lack of the resistance band that is quite an important peice of equipment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by lou1990lou
I love this product and this is the second time in over 10 years I'm purchasing it, because the regime is simple and effective. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ajibola Dahunsi
A good workout but I only did it a couple of times as the woman's voice us really irritatingPublished 23 months ago by Rach