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01-14-2004, 11:21 AM
I'm wondering if any of you use the Winsor Pilates tapes and if you do, do you like them? I'm starting Pilates Reformer classes tonight (DH bought me a class package for Christmas) but they are expensive and I'm looking for something to "supplement" my practice. I've seen commercials for Winsor Pilates and it sounds like it's a good, effective program, but I'd like to find out from someone that's actually using it before I buy it!
01-14-2004, 01:31 PM
I use them occasionally, but frankly I find her to be pretty annoying, so I can't use them more than a couple of times a month. The workout is good, though, and she does a good job of explaining the exercises.
01-14-2004, 01:33 PM
I bought the DVD's last summer at Target and have yet to look at them. I guess I need to be in the mood.:rolleyes: :o ;)
01-14-2004, 01:40 PM
I do the advanced workout (about 50 minutes) to supplement my weekly class found it challenging but somewhat boring (can't really explain why though). I like it and hoping to see some more definition here soon :) , but I can't compare it to other tapes for you since it's the only one I've tried.
01-14-2004, 03:18 PM
I have them, and like them and use them. They do get boring though, in that once you've learned the correct form and positioning, etc., you don't need to hear it each time - and you have to wait for her to finish her explanation before you can start the move. So in that sense it is boring. And she uses a phrase "TWEEZE" your buttocks when she means to squeeze and tighten your buttocks - but it drives me NUTS!!!!!! Should I be plucking the hairs off my buttocks with a tweezer??!!! ACK!!! BLECH!! My skin crawls when she says this. But her tapes are good, and I do get a good workout from them.
01-15-2004, 09:29 AM
I have the tape and use it occasionally. I don't find her particularly annoying but I've only done the short program. by the time I'm done with cardio and weights I find I'm sick of exercising & for some reason this seems to take forever. I'll have to listen for the "TWEEZE" command, I've never noticed.
01-15-2004, 09:38 AM
Well, I had my first Pilates reformer class last night and absolutely loved it! I did mat classes for a long time and really enjoyed them, but using the reformer and resistance feels like much a much better workout. Based on your comments and my experience with the reformer, I might not bother getting the DVD's afterall, I probably would be dissapointed. I guess I need to add Pilates classes to my budget and take a few other things out:-)
01-15-2004, 09:47 AM
I have a Denise Austin DVD that is pretty good - a pilates mat workout. It includes one regular pilates focused on abs, one that is pilates mixed with yoga, and a bonus, short, "hips, thighs, and rear" workout. I really enjoy them all. Check out www.collagevideo.com and search through their pilates options. They have just about every exercise video ever made with lots of good info and - my favorite - the ability to watch a streaming video sample of the video, which is critical to determine if an instructor is annoying.
01-15-2004, 10:02 AM
Thanks for the tip, TerriS! I might have to check those out. Have you ever had the chance to use a reformer before? It's fantastic. I'm a bit sore today, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I just wish the classes didn't cost $16/hour. Luckily I'm set for probably 6 weeks if I go twice a week...
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