Pilates has taken the nation by storm. This form of non-intensive workout will help you get your body in shape. Better yet, you will build flexibility and muscle endurance. Pilates also works your core. Those who dedicate themselves to their workouts can get washboard abs without having to worry about the muscle, joint, and back pain that often comes with more traditional workout techniques.
Getting started can be tricky. Many people go to Pilates classes to get their first tastes of the workout. Unfortunately, these classes tend to cost a lot of money and that cost will only pile up as you attend more sessions.
That’s where a dedicated DVD can help. You can engage in Pilates from the comfort of your home and save a lot of money. Still, you need to pick the right workout. A poor Pilates DVD is of no use to you. Here are three of the best Pilates DVDs that you can pick up right now.
10 Minute Solution
It’s often hard to fit your workouts around your life. Work places huge demands on your time and what you have spare goes towards your family and social life. You may think you have no time at all to dedicate to your fitness. The 10 Minute Solution Pilates DVD will help you get in shape and still leave you with time to deal with all of life’s other issues.
Voted as the best Pilates DVD of 2006 by Health Magazine, 10 Minute Solution pulls together five 10-minute Pilates workouts. You get plenty of variety and can even pull all of the workouts together when you have an hour to dedicate to your exercising.
Lara Hudson, who is an internationally renowned Pilates instructor, created each of the workouts on 10 Minute Solution. Using a technique called Power Precision Sequencing, each workout targets the core areas of your body that you hope to improve. One helps you achieve the perfect arm and shoulder shape. Another helps you to tone your thighs and buns. Together, these five workouts offer a full Pilates experience.
The shortness of the workouts will ensure you stay motivated throughout. You really have no excuse to miss one. Even if you do, it’s easy to jump back on the horse and pick up where you left off.
10 Minute Solution comes in Region 1 format, meaning it plays on DVD players in Canada and the United States. You can pick it up for $14.98, at the time of writing.
Targeted Toning Pilates for Beginners
Focused on the beginner’s market, Element contains three Pilates workouts that will help you learn the basics of form and Pilates posture before pushing you further as the workouts progress. Element takes things a little further than 10 Minute Solution, offering three 20 minute workouts. That’s a total of 60 minutes of Pilates workouts that you can do individually or all at once.
The DVD features Elizabeth Ordway. The founder of Movement Studio in Los Angeles, Ordway has built a reputation as one of California’s leading private trainers. She brings her expertise to every session on the Element Pilates DVD and her guidance will ensure you keep mistakes to a minimum and get a great workout from every session.
Combined, these workouts offer a comprehensive Pilates package. You will develop a toned and slim body, with even the most subtle exercises contributing. The first workout focuses on slimming down your waistline while the second is all about toning the lower body. The third and final workout brings it all together for the full Pilates experience.
That’s not all. As an added bonus, the DVD comes with another 10-minute workout that features some of Ordway’s signature core strengthening moves. That actually makes a total of 70 minutes of workouts in one package.
Element offers great value for money. Its current price of $7.77 means you pay just over a dollar for every 10 minutes of Pilates exercise. The DVD will play on all Region 1 players and has everything you need to get started with Pilates.
Pilates for Beginners
This DVD’s simple name tells you that you will get straight down to business from the moment you load it up. Pilates for Beginners is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a great choice for those who want to learn about Pilates, be it in preparation for a class or as a starter pack for more advanced workouts.
Pilates for Beginners features four workouts. Two last for 10 minutes, with the remaining two being 20 minutes long. This means the DVD offers the best of both of the DVDs we’ve already looked at. You can take a more intense workout when you really want to push yourself or follow one of the 10-minute sessions when you find yourself really pressed for time.
The DVD features Kristen McGee, a master Pilates instructor who has plied her trade as a private instructor and trainer in residence at some major fitness institutions. She has created a set of workouts that guide you through everything. From the basic form to the more advanced techniques, you’ll learn exactly what you need to know to succeed at Pilates at a pace that suits beginners.
There’s more. Pilates for Beginners comes with a handy instructional manual that walks you through the techniques you’ll see in the workouts. You’ll learn even more about proper form and understand why each technique helps.
All of this comes at the current price of $8.57, making this one of the best-value Pilates DVDs available.
All of these Pilates DVDs offer great workouts, but we have to choose Pilates for Beginners as the best of the bunch. It features instructional workouts and mixed-length sessions. The manual is also a huge boon as it will help you really get to grips with what you’re doing.
Even so, 10 Minute Solutions is great for those who know that they will have little time to dedicate to Pilates. Element offers a tougher challenge, even though it’s intended for beginners. Whichever you choose, you will have a great Pilates DVD with instruction from renowned practitioners.