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December 19, 2007

Hilary Burnett’s Intermediate Pilates

Posted in: Beginners, Intermediate, Mat, Reviews, Small Pilates Props, Video, dvd

Though Hilary Burnett’s pilates video kept me moving at a constant tempo there was too much time spent on breathing and not enough on warm-up. I would have traded some of the breathing for more warm-up, instead of jumping right into the hundred.

And though Burnett’s descriptive visuals were good, she often left out key cuing points for exercises - like the pelvic placement or spinal articulation.

Sometimes she didn’t name the exercises until halfway through them, and some of the exercises only had three repetitions! Call me “mean” but I like to get in a few more repetitions before I call it quits.

A good workout includes flexion, extention, lateral flexion, and rotation of the spine. I would have liked to have seen more lateral flexion and extension of the spine in this workout.

This video is short - 32 minutes - which would be great for a lunch time workout. It has a nice tempo but lacks many other qualities that other videos are now offering which help you reap more out of a workout. Why would you pay for a video knowing that there are superior ones on the market?

  • Pace - Good
  • Level - Intermediate
  • Clear breath cuing - Sometimes
  • Inclusion of pilates principles - Not really
  • Explanation of the goals of an exercise - Sometimes
  • What you get out of doing an exercise - Not Really
  • Target muscles - Few are mentioned
  • Common errors in specific exercises - Not enough

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