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Now you can get a Pilates body faster than ever with this revolutionary workout. Everyone knows that Pilates is great for creating longer, leaner muscles. But we’ve taken Pilates to a whole new level by adding some unique “Burn and Firm” elements to this workout! We begin with standing Pilates exercises blended with some simple dance-inspired moves for a cardio-blasting “Burn” segment. Second, we add light hand weights to gently speed up the total body toning and reshaping effect of Pilates. That’s where the “Firm” comes in.
Don’t worry, this Pilates routine is still low-impact, easy-to-follow and won’t leave you feeling drained like traditional cardio and weight training. Best of all, because this program multi-tasks, it makes the most of every minute of your workout time. With Burn and Firm Pilates you can finally get that sleek, lean, elegant body … fast (from a workout that leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized).
The Crunch fitness program welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size or ability. We created a workout environment that is not competitive or judgmental. Enjoy these favorite classes with imaginative instructors in an atmosphere that makes working out fun.
Ellen Barrett, instructor at Crunch New York, certified Pilates and fitness instructor and founder of buffgirlfitness. Her fitness philosophy is strive to be the best version of yourself. Favorite splurge food is anything peanut butter.
DVD has chapters.
Crunch: Burn & Firm Pilates
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.
Aerobics Impact: Lower
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
Aerobics Choreography: Basic
Basic: The easiest to follow. It ranges from simple walking-style marches to sports and athletic movements.
Complex: More intricate combinations and patterns. They're ideal for people who like to dance.
Moderate: More interesting than Basic, less dancy than Complex.
Toning Emphasis: Total 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.
Instructor: Ellen Barrett (Instructor Profile)
Runtime: 46 min.
Street Date: 09/01/2004
Fast-paced cardio that smoothly incorporates Pilates-inspired concepts and movements. Elevating your heart rate with lots of “four-limb movements,” you'll burn fat as you focus on balance, control and core strength (e.g. a step-touch sequence that includes Pilates-style arm routines and ab contractions). It all ends with a solid series of traditional Pilates matwork. Both the aerobics and floorwork use light dumbbells to add intensity and improve body positioning. Ellen Barrett's Pilates-conscious instruction features easy-to-follow “visual imagery” cues (e.g. “imagine your hips are in cement”). Requires 1 to 3 lb. dumbbells. ©2004.