Crunch – Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend

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Certified Pilates and fitness instructor Ellen Barrett presents a workout combining yoga moves with Pilates exercises to help tone, strengthen, and burn calories.Genre: Exercise/FitnessRating: NRRelease Date: 7-FEB-2006Media Type: DVDSo here’s a portrait of yoga in the 21st Century: this ancient discipline, created thousands of years ago to enhance the meditative experience (the asanas or poses

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Certified Pilates and fitness instructor Ellen Barrett presents a workout combining yoga moves with Pilates exercises to help tone, strengthen, and burn calories.
Genre: Exercise/Fitness
Rating: NR
Release Date: 7-FEB-2006
Media Type: DVDSo here’s a portrait of yoga in the 21st Century: this ancient discipline, created thousands of years ago to enhance the meditative experience (the asanas or poses commonly used in hatha yoga were in fact designed to enable meditators to sit quietly, calmly and comfortably for hours on end), is now “a total body blast,” with users urged to “get hard core” and “feel the groove,” all so “your torso will look buff.” At least that’s how Ellen Barrett, the relentlessly sunny instructor featured in Crunch Yoga’s Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend, sees it. But while that approach may sound pretty frightening to traditionalists, this can’t in fairness be viewed as a typical yoga video; nor does Barrett, who commingles power yoga moves and what she describes as “core-conditioning power pilates,” make any claims that it is. Many of the poses–including Warrior II, extended right angle, cobra, locust, and others–will certainly be familiar to yogis. But instead of holding these poses for several breaths, as is common, Barrett takes a more aerobic approach, “pulsing” in and out of positions as if this were a calisthenics class; while that doesn’t do much to promote stretching, it does generate a lot of heat and calorie burning. Same goes for the pilates portions, which involve a lot of leg lifts, abdominal work, and other mat-based exercises. One might wish that the instruction were more detailed when it comes to proper breathing, alignment, and so on; it’s also a bit paradoxical that while the “Crunch philosophy” states that their fitness programs are designed for “people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size, or ability,” the only folks we see onscreen are uniformly attractive, bare-midriffed young women in amazing shape. But hey, whatever. Call it what you will, this is a fast-moving, reasonably challenging program that will likely find favor with many. –Sam Graham

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Teedums says:

Super pilates yoga inspired routine… I was pleasantly surprised with this workout, it is invigorating and relaxing but you will feel it working too. Ellen Barrett, who is known for her Crunch and more recently Self magazine workouts is back in what I feel is her best workout ever. Ellen is joined by 7 other ladies including Marni who shows some beginner modifications.This 40 minute workout begins with some power breathing and standing backbends before moving into the first yoga series. You will move into warrior 2…

CPTScott says:

Creative and Challenging Blend Of Yoga and Pilates I literally just walked off my mat from doing this program and wanted to give my freshest impression of it.I’ve been doing Yoga daily for about 10 years and I added Pilates to my daily routine a little over a year ago. The combination is incredible (I also weight train intensely twice a week).I’ve also got well over 100 Yoga and Pilates programs so I’m very familiar with much of what is out there.I’ve liked some of the crunch programs I’ve done in the past…

Little Miss Cutey says:

Good, tough workout 🙂 This is another great workout from Crunch and Ellen Barrett. She’s great in all the workouts of hers I have. She cues very well and this is no exception. This starts with standing yoga and moves onto floor/mat Pilates. The Pilates section is a little longer, and it includes mix of Pilates classics and weight-room-inspired toning routines. This is a good and effective mix of Pilates and Yoga. I really love this; it’s relaxing and easy to incorporate into your other workouts about 4 times…

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