Happy Friday!!! I know it’s been a few weeks since I did a Power Foods Friday. Honestly, I was starting to get a bit bored of it, so I decided to give myself a break, but I’m ready to get back into the PFF tradition, so it’ll be in full swing next week…promise!
I had mentioned the Total Body Pilates DVD I had purchased a few weeks ago and I wanted to give you my review. During my current cardio hiatus I didn’t want to stop exercising all together, so I searched for alternative exercises that wouldn’t put pressure on or hurt my foot (update coming on Monday). The best option I came up with was Pilates. To be quite honest, Pilates isn’t my favorite form of exercise and while I do have a few Pilates DVDs at home from Mari Winsor, I’m really not a fan. So, after doing some searching online, I discovered the Total Body Pilates With Mini Ball Kit by the Element (you check out a short video clip HERE).
I’ve been doing this DVD for several weeks now and surprisingly, I’ve really come to enjoy it and not only that, I’ve really come to enjoy Pilates. Who would’ve guessed that!?! I wouldn’t say this DVD is super challenging and doesn’t leave me extremely sore the next day, but It has helped me focus on body awareness and my breath, and has helped with strengthening my core. It also has a relaxing element to it, which is perfect after a long stressful work day.
The DVD consists of one 20 minute workout and one 30 minute workout. FYI…I’ve been combing the workouts in order to get in a really good Pilates session. The setting is beautiful, the music is calming and the instruction is top notch.
The only equipment needed is the mini ball (which comes with the DVD) and a mat. The mini ball is truly amazing. It’s meant to mimic the barrel or reformer in a Pilates studio. It helps engage certain muscles of the body that wouldn’t necessarily be active if you weren’t using the ball.
Since it’s purely a mat workout, it’s a perfect DVD for anyone with a foot or other lower body injuries (with a doctor’s consent, of course). I wouldn’t necessarily want to do this DVD as my sole workout, but I think adding it to my usual workout regime would be perfect. If anything, it’s great for stretching after a workout that leaves your muscles sore. Overall, I’m definitely happy with this purchase and look forward to making it a part of my usual exercise plan.
Are you fan of Pilates workouts?
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Any fun weekend plans?