I ordered Lizbeth Garcia’s 10 Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates off Amazon a few days ago, and tried it out as soon as it arrived on my doorstep. I had been getting bored with my exercise routine, so I decided I needed something new to switch things up a bit. I also liked the idea that I could squeeze in a workout – even if it’s only for 10 minutes! I’ve only done Pilates a few times in the past, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but really excited to try!
Ruby is modeling with the DVD case because she decided to use it as a chew toy – naughty puppy! Maybe she wasn’t impressed with my living room performance :)
The 10 Minute Solutions DVD offers 6 different 10 minute segments – 5 are prenatal and 1 is a postnatal bonus workout. So in theory you could create a workout ranging from 10 to 50 minutes all with this one DVD! All you need for “equipment” are 1-3 pound hand weights, a yoga mat and a pillow. Easy peasy! The 5 10 Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates workouts are as follows:
- Pilates for Buns and Thighs
- Standing Pilates
- Core Pilates
- Pilates for Flexibility
- Total Body Pilates
So far I have tried Buns and Thighs, Standing and Total Body. I did all three in a row on Saturday and then again today. I really liked each segment! My body felt challenged, but at no point did my “bump” feel too uncomfortable or that I had gotten myself into some sort of dangerous position. Lizbeth is easy to follow and clear about the movements and breathing expectations. The camera angles are basic and the music is and actually quite nice (which is seldom for fitness DVDs)!
The Buns and Thighs segment reminds me a lot of a condensed Brazil Butt Lift, and I can definitely “feel the burn” by the end of the 10 minutes, haha. The Standing Pilates is probably my favorite because it really loosens up my back and hips. It incorporates a lot of lunges and some good stretching with weights. The Total Body segment is the hardest for me. I’ve never had great upper body strength, so my arms are on fire about 3 minutes into the workout. It’s a good challenge though, and I could definitely use the toning!
I’m excited to try the 10 Minute Flexibility segment! I’ve realized in the past few months how much of my flexibility has disappeared (no more splits for this girl!). I think staying limber will help ease the aches and pains associated with the finals weeks of pregnancy as well. I’m a little apprehensive about the core segment. My core is another historically weak area and with my growing belly, I’m more conscious than ever about my midsection. I know a solid core is essential, but I am a little worried about doing something I shouldn’t with a baby growing in there. Maybe I’ll watch the segment once before giving it a try :)
Overall, I am REALLY happy with this purchase, and I will definitely be using the 10 Minute Solutions segments throughout the week! I would highly recommend it to anyone, pregnant or not!
Have you ever tried Pilates? What are the main criteria for your exercise choices?