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Tonya Larson's Power Stretch & Sculpt
|This is a TREASURE|
|What a wonderfully relaxing workout dvd. This is exactly what I've been looking for and I'm so glad to have this dvd. There are 5 separate workouts that you can do individually, or you can do them all as one 47-minute workout. The individual sections are: 1) Opening Stretch & Warm Up 2) Sculpting Stretch 3) Deep Stretch 4) Abs & Core Focus 5_ Relaxation Stretch. The music is soft throughout, most of it very light & soft piano music, and some of it softly sung Christian music. The music and her cuing were very well balanced. In some parts she uses exercises that would be used in a yoga workout, but there is no yoga-speak at all. She just guides you through the moves in a very gentle way. Well cued, excellent instruction, great personality. I loved it. - posted by Marla on 8/31/2012|
|3.5 stars -- good beginner stretch but some issues|
|I really wanted to love this dvd, mainly because I admire Larson's outspoken faith and apparent concern/love for others. (This dvd sends partial proceeds to a humanitarian effort in Africa.) That said, I don't see myself using this on a regular basis. The dvd is nicely chaptered, with moderately long title screens between chapters. For the majority of the dvd, you'll hear instrumental piano music, though at a few points there are vocals, one song being "It is Well (with my soul)". I thought the music overpowered Larson's instruction at several points. The workout can begin with an optional "Spiritual Warm-up" which is NOT generic in nature (mentions Jesus, talks of repentance, quotes the Bible). I didn't find anything in it offensive (though I am of Tonya's faith), but it isn't something I'd listen to each time I did the workout. The main workout begins with an OPENING STRETCH (11.5 min). It's gentle, with poses like child's pose, cat/cow, shoulder stretch/arm threading, neck & side stretches, standing forward fold; this segment also includes some plies with taps/arm movements to warm up the body. In the entire workout, Tonya describes these moves, never giving them a yoga name. The next segment is SCULPTING STRETCH (12 min) -- this includes a sun salutation sequence, movements in Warrior 2 and tree pose. DEEP STRETCH (10 min) is next; this segment includes pigeon, seated hamstring stretch, seated twists, camel, butterfly. ABS & CORE FOCUS (5 min) is short & sweet and completely do-able, probably because she is marketing this toward a postpartum audience. It starts with some leg extensions, a brief crunch segment, and then planks. COOL DOWN/RELAXATION STRETCH (8 min) starts in savasana (lying on back), ankle rolls, twist leg to the side, quad stretch, kneeling hamstring stretch, etc. Overall, this is a good, basic stretch dvd ... but it was just lacking the *something* that would make me want to pull it back out and use it again. I definitely say it's more stretch than sculpt, and while it is beginner leveled, it is --at times-- lacking form cues. If you are looking for a dvd with short yoga-inspired warmups or stretches (easily accessed from the main menu), this dvd is a good option. - posted by Alison on 6/28/2012|
|Great DVD to help ya get your body in shape. Stretches are fabulous. - posted by Rachel on 6/7/2012|
|Gentle but powerful|
|Don't let this soft-spoken woman fool you...she leads you through a powerful stretch that will strengthen all your muscles! The stretches move gently from one pose to another and are well-cued. I am 60 and have been practicing yoga stretch for 20 years so I am in good shape; I don't find this workout too easy or too challenging either. I appreciate the slower pace of the video, the quiet music in the background and the instructor's gentle voice. This is a good toning and stretching workout! As a Christian, I appreciate the spiritual aspect of the video as well. - posted by Jane on 6/2/2012|
|Good stretch that is a little challenging for beginners.|
|The segments on this DVD add up to about 47 minutes of the following sections:
1. Opening Stretch & Warm-Up
2. Sculpting Stretch
3. Deep Stretch
4. Abs & Core Focus
5. Relaxation Stretch
BONUS: An optional Spiritual Warm-Up including Scripture meditation and prayer.
The warm up includes the cat/cow and childs pose. Then, as we move into the sculpting stretch segment, she includes some moves that are strength building including Sun Salutations, forward folds, planks, cobras, etc. You do this flow several times and then move into some other moves like a warrior pose, triangle, etc. After that is the Deep Stretch with the pigeon, forward folds, and spinal twists. The abs and core focus includes a few core moves, then we moved to our backs and relaxed. But, the routine then includes leg stretches, another spinal twist, and stretches for the legs.
Tonya leads the workout with one back-up exerciser. They both do the same moves, but the back-up exerciser goes deeper into the stretches and shows harder options. There is soft Christian music playing in the background. It includes lyrics with some songs, but is mostly piano music. The set is bright and clean and it is easy to see the exercisers.
Tonya created Power Stretch & Sculpt to flow seamlessly from meditative and relaxing stretching into more challenging strengthening and sculpting exercises and back to more relaxing options. This workout isn't going to build much strength unless you are getting into exercising after a long break. This 47-minute workout requires no equipment other than a mat and if you have carpet, you may not need even that. You can do the workout in its entirety or you can choose the segments you want individually from the menu.
This workout is marketed as one that can be done as a post natal workout. At the time it was filmed, Tonya was about 9 months post natal and the background exerciser was four months post natal. In the introduction, they are both holding their babies (Tonya has one and the background exerciser has twins. It's sooooo cute.) I have never been pregnant, so I can't validate that claim, but it seemed to me like it could be true. - posted by Laura on 5/16/2012|
|Great Stretch Variety|
|This has become one of my favorite stretch workouts and while the pace is slow, I enjoy adding a segment on after my cardio/strength workout to fully unwind. It is nicely chaptered and the music and Tonya's voice is very soothing after a hard workout. The chapters include: Warm-up (spiritual or not); Sculpting Stretch (more yoga-focused); Deep Stretch; Abs/Core; & Relaxation Stretch. I love that these segments are around the 10 min. mark - just perfect for an add-on stretch or in place of the cool-down. Tonya is very inspirational as always and it was a nice touch to show their babies at the beginning! - posted by MRS on 4/14/2012|
|OK but too slow|
|Good stretch workout but in a very slow pace...too slow for me. Maybe good for someone who just had a baby... - posted by Sam on 4/12/2012|
|Relaxing..just what my soar muscles needed.|
|This is a very mellow stretch DVD. Tonya gives clear and calm instruction. I loved the music...it makes you feel like your on a retreat. Great job Tonya can't wait for another one. This is a great beginner yoga video but also nice for those who want their muscles to relax and unwind. I have over 100 yoga videos and this for sure in the top 10. - posted by Phoenix on 4/12/2012|