I am honestly surprised beyond all relief at the reviews that state that this workout is "ineffective" and "geriatric style". I honestly don't see my 87 year old grandmother being able to do these workouts! All I can think of is that these reviewers are already in extraordinarily good shape or highly experienced at Pilates.
I am neither of these- this is my first foray into Pilates and while I consider myself in pretty good shape, I am definitely not one of those background people in an exercise DVD. I have paired the 21 day plan on this DVD with one workout from Denise's Hot Body Yoga most days. I, like other reviewers, was doubtful of the effectiveness of so few repetitions. However, I was pleasantly surprised- after just a few times of just Shrink Your Fat Zones alone, I noticed that my inner thighs- my most stubborn "fat zone"- were already getting more toned and I am experiencing less chafing from them rubbing together while I walk. After trying multiple workouts and multiple DVDs, this is the fastest and most profound results I have ever experienced. Ineffective, my foot!
I admit I don't work out every day. I watch what I eat, but I don't believe in dieting. And approximately 10 days into my modified 21 day plan, I have already lost over 5 pounds and see differences in my body that previous workout DVDs couldn't give me. While my modification contributes to this, I wouldn't be able to achieve this result if half my workout was "ineffective." I also admit I couldn't stand Denise at first- but I stuck with her and she's definitely made me a believer.