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December 19, 2007

Crunch - Hit the Spot Pilates with Ellen Barrett

Posted in: Beginners, Mat, Reviews, Video, dvd

This workout in three sections of “Belly, Thighs, and Butt” is too slow for the content in the video. Even too slow for a beginner, as Barret routinely gets us into a pilates position which we hold while she endlessly talks.

Going over the how-to of creating an imprinted pelvis gets her a few brownie points, as does her display of modifications; however, Barrett makes the mistake of assuming that the viewers know when to actually use the modifications.

Furthermore, she falls short on giving consistent breath cuing. Barrett changes her breath cuing sometimes in the middle of an exercise. Have you ever tried to take two inhalations in a row while holding a sit-up?

People who purchase this video simply do not know what is available to them for pilates videos.

  • Pace -Too slow
  • Level - Beginner
  • Clear breath cuing - No
  • Inclusion of pilates principles - A few attempts
  • Explanation of the goals of an exercise - No
  • What you get out of doing an exercise - No
  • Target muscles - No
  • Common errors in specific exercises - No

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