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Love these two compact, comprehensive Pilates workouts!
October 13, 2017
This DVD is the third BoneSmart Pilates DVD and Volume 2 of the Aging Strong Series. I also own the other two BoneSmart Pilates DVDs and I like all three of them, but I think this one is my favorite. I like that the two workouts on this third DVD are challenging and comprehensive but compact—each one only takes about 25 minutes yet they work the body from head to toe and include balance work in addition to strength and flexibility training. I can easily squeeze in one of these workouts when I only have a small window of time to get some exercise in. And I have to say that they are indeed comprehensive—I worked and stretched muscles doing these workouts that I hadn’t worked or stretched in quite some time!
The Pilates classes I take at my local YMCA are great, but they seem to be targeted towards reasonably fit 30 year olds. I often worry that I will hurt myself attempting something I am not yet ready for. As with the other Bone Smart Pilates DVDs, the workouts on this DVD are created and taught by a licensed Physical Therapist who is also a certified Pilates instructor. You can tell from the instruction that she is extremely knowledgable about anatomy and the human body. And she is experienced in working with clients in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, so every workout she creates is functionally based to be safe while improving balance, strength, and flexibility. The workouts are designed to avoid positions that can compromise your spine and the modifications are clearly spelled out so you can start where you are and move up as you get stronger.
This video follows the format of the previous two DVDs in that it offers separate tutorials to help the viewer learn to do the exercise properly and avoid common mistakes. Purchase of this DVD also includes access to a private discussion board where you can ask the instructor questions about the exercises and modifications.
The second workout ends with a bone building “dance.” It took me a couple of tries to get the admittedly simple moves down, but once I caught on I found it to be a fun way to wrap up a workout and get in some stomping to improve my bone density.