Today’s Workout: Pilates

On a day like today, a reliable indoor workout is a plus.

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I’m a huge fan of Pilates and try to do it 1-2 times a week.  Pilates was one of the first fitness classes I really got into post-college.  I took a class at the local Y back in Chicago – the same instructor for about 2 years, the same group of people in the class.  We had the loud breather, the runner (guy) who wore short running shorts, etc.   And it’s when I first started to notice that yes, indeed, I do have a waist.  I always feel a little longer and leaner after a good Pilates mat class/workout.

A great at-home Pilates workout to check out is Mari Winsor: Pilates.   I used the DVD via Netflix.

There’s an express, 20 minute option and a full, 50 minute floor workout.  I use the 50 minute workout which takes me through plenty of abs, lower body toning moves, and core “scooping”.

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The workout provides variations for beginners and more advanced practitioners.  It’s a great DVD if you’re new to Pilates.  I will say that it moves a bit slow if you’re more advanced.

The only equipment needed is a yoga or exercise mat.  Be sure to wear comfy clothes.

Do you have a good at-home Pilates workout to recommend?  Do you do Pilates? What’s today’s workout?

Today’s Workout: Hemalayaa: Beautiful Belly

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was doing this in my living room last week:

But you know what?  It was fun, it was a good way to unwind after work, and it was a real workout!  My abs/core were so sore the next day–good sore.

I’ve seen the Hemalayaa:  Beautiful Belly on Netflix but always discounted it thinking that it wouldn’t be much of a workout.  It popped up on Hulu and I finally decided to give it a try.

It’s about a 45 minute workout including a warm-up and cool-down and a variety of cardio and core work.  For plank enthusiasts, there are planks!

It was fun to let loose a bit and dance like no one’s watching.  Well, this guy was watching and tried to climb in my lap when I was on the floor for the floor work:

Always wanting to be right by me.

Have you ever tried one of Hemalayaa’s workouts?  She has a number of Bollywood-inspried DVDs available via Netflix, Hulu, and Acacia.

And Hulu is a great source for at-home workout options.  Here are a few pages to search:  Get Fit, Stay Fit; Yoga for Everyone; Dance and be Fit.  There are two down-sides with Hulu, though–short commercials (I supposed the up-side is that you can take a H2O break) and the workouts aren’t always available – they expire but then tend to show up again a couple of weeks later.