Body Target: Hips & Thighs
Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Toning Emphasis: Lower Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
Certified instructor description:
Two best-selling exercise programs — combining Pilates and Yoga — on one DVD!
The first part of the program,Pilates Lower Body Workout with Jillian Hessel, includes a warm-up to identify the "pilates powerhouse." The workout itself uses a variety of mat exercises to strengthen the hips, buttocks, and thighs, and help reshape and redefine the lower body. The cool-down refines posture and improves balance.
The second part of the DVD, Lower Body Yoga with Suzanne Deason, includes, a warm-up to prepare the mind and body. Next, the active workout stretches, tones, and strengthens the legs, hips, and thighs, and improves balance.
About Part 1:
Pilates Lower Body Workout
The foundation of a strong body lies below the waistline — in the abs, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Concentrating on the lower half of the body can help you strengthen your abdominal core, or "powerhouse," which is the source of all Pilates movements.
Filmed entirely outdoors in the stunning Canadian Rockies, Pilates Lower Body Workoutfocuses on the muscles of the lower body, including the legs and feet. Certified fitness instructor and master Pilates trainer Jillian Hessel guides you through an invigorating workout that engages the powerhouse in unison with the breath. For those with limited flexibility and strength, instructor Tara Russell simultaneously demonstrates a modified version of the workout.
With regular practice, Pilates can give you more energy, strength, and tone. Add this workout to your daily exercise routine, and you can begin to sculpt the long, lean lower body you want.
The complete 30-minute workout includes:
- Warm-up exercises to identify the powerhouse and align the body
- Mat exercises to condition the abs, hips, buttocks, and thighs
- Vertical alignment exercises to refine posture and balance
This is a great workout for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners!
Recommended props: Pilates mat, Pilates Bodyband™, cushion.