3 thoughts on “10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates

  1. 134 of 136 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice Variety – Good Boredom Buster, August 14, 2006
    By 
    Kelly A. Daly (New Jersey) –
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    This review is from: 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates (DVD)

    I knew I’d like this – I have Lara’s 2 other videos and I like her style. She cues well and has a nice, calm demeanor. Rapid Results is different from her other pilates video. In this there are pilates classics with a twist. In the arms section you’ll do saw with weights in both hands. I really felt that all over. The bun/thighs section has floor exercises: frog, bridge and side lying leg lifts with lots of leg variations. The abs section was very effective. Again, leg variations make you really feel it in your lower abs. The total body section was tough and I also felt like the stretch was a workout! If you like variety over endless reps you’ll love this workout. It’s not the same old pilates moves. Lara doesn’t show many modifications; but I don’t think this was meant for beginners. It’s a fluid workout and I was challenged by each 10 minute section.

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  2. 95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome workout w/ no excuses….everyone has just ten minutes to spare!, September 15, 2006
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    MLRapp (NY) –

    This review is from: 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates (DVD)

    This workout DVD is fabulous- I love how its broken down into 10 minute segments so that you can customize it depending on your time constraints a/o fitness needs, or can do the whole thing for one terrific workout!

    What makes this DVD better than some of the other pilates DVD’s on the market is: (1) very good breathing and technique cues (SO important); (2) instruction while doing the moves as opposed to wasting time explaining what you’re going to be doing (so that you’re actually moving for all 10 minutes of each segment); (3) really rigorous segments- you’ll work up a sweat in just ten minutes no matter which one(s) you do; (4) short reps which really focus in on technique and doing the moves the right way to reach results; (5) some new and interesting moves- not merely the same old ones you see on every other DVD out there; (6) NO excuses allowed- everyone can find just 10 extra minutes at the very least to squeeze in a great workout; and (7) something for everyone- whether you’re looking to tone your core, arms, hips, butt or legs, you’ll find a great workout.

    If you’re new to pilates, you may want to watch it first before attempting to follow it to make it easier, as the moves a/o techniques may be new to you.

    My only gripe is that she recommends doing exercises- particualrly in the “core” segment- with a rounded back and not in neutral pelvis position (which I’ve been taught is the correct pilates position). Apart from that one complaint, its an awesome workout and you’ll feel it the next day whether you do one segment or all of them!

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  3. 90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Unnecessarily complex, mildly effective, August 20, 2007
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    SapphireMoon (USA) –

    This review is from: 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates (DVD)

    First off, let me say that I do cardio, weights and Pilates exercises on a regular basis and would consider myself an intermediate level exerciser with good overall flexibility and a strong core. With that said, I have mixed feelings about this DVD. For one, I agree that it’s not totally Pilates, but more of a mish-mash of Pilates, yoga, isometrics (during the arm segments) and a lot of gymnastic-based movements. That in itself is perfectly okay, since I value effectiveness over purism. However, I didn’t feel like these exercises really worked or challenged my legs and abdominal muscles enough, although I thought the arms segment was rather effective using only light dumbbells. What I especially noticed with this workout is that many of the exercises are unnecessarily complex – when much simpler movements can offer greater results without all the hassle and risk of injury to the neck (especially) and even the back. Even the glamorously named “Mermaid stretch” places unnecessary strain on the neck when one should be feeling most relaxed and free of tension at this point. It should come as no surprise that the instructor, Lara Hudson (whom I actually like) was herself a child gymnast. Her transitions are fluid and graceful and her cuing is up to par. And while it is beautiful and impressive to watch and even imitate, much of it is `smoke and mirrors’ – in that it is more acrobats than it is serious exercise. So do this if you’re trying to improve your overall balance and acrobatic skills over trying to reshape your legs and abs.

    I would actually recommend her previous “10 Minute Solution: Pilates” DVD over this one, which I feel is simpler but more effective and truer to the Pilates Method. Her “10 Minute Solution: Yoga” DVD is also nicely done. For another fantastic and well-produced Pilates DVD that is divided into 10 minute segments, try Denise Austin’s “Hit the Spot: Pilates”, which potentially offers more `rapid results’ than this.

    I will say however, that I did all five segments in a row and time flew by. I love the music and the simple set as well.

    Rating: Fair

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