- Actors: Denise Austin
- Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
- Run Time: 81 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000AABDQU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,869 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Denise Austin: Hit The Spot Pilates
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Seasoned fitness instructor Denise Austin offers seven different Pilates workouts, each of which targets a different trouble spot. Her customized routines focus on effective methods for achieving leaner and tighter hips, thighs, abs, and buns. Filmed on beautiful and inspiring sets, these workouts utilize one of the most popular exercise regimens to garner the desired look in a safe, effective way.
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The DVD is divided into five parts:
abs and waist
I'll say that this is not recommended for beginners and even as an intermediate I found it difficult to follow Denise A. She talks a lot and most of the times, her talk is not that helpful and prevented me from staying focused. In addition, she keeps turning her face to the camera instead of facing straight which is a wrong posture.
She also does not say how many times they're going to do a movement and then suddenly switch while talking about how this exercise is beautiful and blablabla. She does offer a lot of encouragement but I would have preferred more tips on the do's and don'ts and words like "it's a beautiful exercise, smiling face" etc.
Overall it provided some variety but beginners stay away especially if you're unfamiliar with the moves and might end up doing the exercises with the wrong postures.
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I had to reverse the order of the first three, because, by the time I got to Power Abs, my energy was almost depleted. I do the Power Abs first, then the core, followed by the abs. The rollover is extremely difficult, and it will be another month or so before I can actually perform the move.
Overall, I love the DVD. I perform the first three exercises roughly three times a week. The core is easy enough, but my core needs strengthening to perform the rollover, so, for now, I will concentrate on these three exercises.
The exercises for hips, thighs, and buttocks are also difficult, but that is okay. This DVD challenges me to move to the next level, which I like. Overall, I enjoy this DVD by Denisr because the moves are more difficult. These exercises are not for beginners, but geared towards those who are already familiar with Pilates.
This DVD offers a completely customizable workout; each section is ten minutes long. Sessions include "the core," abs and waistline, power abs, hips, thighs, and buns, plus a bonus segment called "power Pilates." Each session includes stretches for warming up and cooling down. All sections will strengthen your "core." These core muscles provide a central foundation for all other muscle groups and lie deep within the torso. Training the muscles of the core corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries such as lower back pain. The biggest benefit of core training is to develop fitness that is essential to both daily living and regular activities.
Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Denise Austin adheres to Pilates guidelines, using fewer, more precise movements, that require control and form. In addition, each session also adds isometric components, a form of resistance exercise in which one's muscles are used in opposition with other muscle groups to increase strength without using free weights. The exercises also emphasize proper posture, stability, and breathing. This dvd does not provide high-powered cardiovascular exercise, but you will sweat and you will feel yourself becoming more limber and strong.
Denise Austin has a great, encouraging tone and an engaging manner. She helps keep you motivated but is not overly perky. She is in such amazing shape that it is hard to believe she is nearly fifty years old. She performs all the exercises in lovely, tranquil outdoor settings. The music is pleasant and enhances the workouts.
I have seen very rapid results using this dvd. It is especially effective for toning women's common trouble spots. It has become my only workout tape because it doesn't bore me, it is highly effective, and--dare I say it--it's actually enjoyable! If you use this regularly along with a good diet you will soon develop long, lithe, and lean muscles.
Denise's cues are as always great. However, she, her voice rather, can grate on one's nerves. I like Denise, though, because she emphasizes certain important factors in her workouts.
The setting is beautiful, and as always, Denise looks great, (and asks for a smile:-). The music is nice.
Part of the time, she is cuing another partner on the set, and other times she is by herself. I found this a bit quirky. Her outfits are so cute, and she has a different one for each segment.
The segments progressively get more difficult, so one can adjust. I can't do the "teaser?" ("V" position) very well. However, she makes it easier by having you get you to recline first and ease into it. This is a very important Pilates move. Very deep into core muscles.
I feel as though I picked the right Pilates DVD.
The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because on a few of the segments her cues are off. In addition she dosen't fully explain some of the moves, even does one or two of them differently then she instructs you to do them. I figured a few things out for myself and I still really like it - regardless! Enjoy and God bless :)
different body areas. I have found it cumbersome to work
through because each set of exercises has a different segment to
choose on the DVD, so you must stop periodically to click on a
However, in fairness I have to say that they DO provide
an option for creating your own program, which is probably
the best way to do it.
Denise does her usual excellent job of giving precise,
simple-to-follow directions, and provides lots of variety
here too. A beginner could probably negotiate through this but
I would rate it as being better for an advanced beginner or