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10 minute solution Pilates


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Have just done the 10 minute solution workout and thought it was brilliant. From my previous post I am trying to lose weight and get my flexibility back. Has anyone tried this dvd, if so what were the results, how often did you do it and how long did it take to notice a difference?

Many Thanks

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WendyMichelle

I thought the title of this was "The 10 minute Pirouette Solution" and was like, "Oh, I need that!"

 

I've not heard of this particular workout. I know for me to see results with pilates (especially core strength) it's usually anywhere from 20-30 minutes. I don't really think pilates helped me lose weight by itself but it definitely helps to tone you up.

 

WM

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tangerinetwist

I have used this dvd in conjunction with other ab workouts since my second child was born a little over two years ago. Really the only section I use is the "Pilates for Abs". I love it; I just did it yesterday for the first time in a long time and can really feel it today.

 

Although conditioning work is good for weight loss, things happen much more quickly when an aerobic activity is also added. Especially during the summer when I am not teaching, I use several aerobic dvds and walk like mad(pushing a double stroller that weighs about 75 lbs with the two of them in it). Happily, I am down to what I was when I got married. Unfortunately, it is all readjusted now and no amount of Pilates or anything else is going to repair some of the damage. Thank goodness my girls are cute B)

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Don’t know what the 10 minute solution is. I do a 5-minute Pilates as part of a one hour exercise session. I just pick 3-4 traditional Pilates exercises and do them continuously, without rest, for 5 minutes or longer depending on my mood. By the end my abs are burning as they say—a form of tummy torture. I look for that burn, as that is the stress that causes your muscles to adapt and become stronger. Emphasizing control and doing the movements more slowly than one might usually do them helps create the burn.

 

I should say that I don’t regard this abs work as the major part of the session. I do it at the end and afterwards do a few minutes of easy stretching. I integrate my major stretching with other parts of the exercises I do (a real mish-mash of things). Doing ab work twice a week is enough for me.

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I've tried pilates dvds, but never this '10 Minute Solution' one. Is it a good one for beginners? I just can't seem to 'get' pilates I always end up with a sore neck and a bad temper.

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tangerinetwist

I would consider this workout to be well beyond what most beginners could safely handle without supervision, especially movements like the teaser.

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WendyMichelle

Mazanderan,

 

The sore neck is probably from pulling up with your neck instead of your core. I always had a sore neck after we did pilates after class and could never figure out why. After I got away from that studio and started working out on my own I realized that I wasn't using the correct part of my body. I agree with Garyecht, to know that you are doing it correctly you should feel that burn in your abdominal area. I also don't do any of the crazy stuff (I don't know the name for this, I think it's the candle or something) liking hiking your entire body straight up in the air and balancing on your shoulders and the back of your neck. Thankfully, none of my workouts have anything like that in them.

 

Maybe take a class or two if you can to get an idea and feel for how it's supposed to be. Pilates is definitely worth it!

 

WM

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I also don't do any of the crazy stuff (I don't know the name for this, I think it's the candle or something) liking hiking your entire body straight up in the air and balancing on your shoulders and the back of your neck.

WM

 

 

...that's the Jackknife, an advanced exercise, the weight should rest on the shoulders, never ever on your neck.

 

Jackknife is one of the excersises in Pilates that should never be attempted in a big group class or worse alone without supervision, it can end with a very sore neck or a back injury.

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WendyMichelle

Thanks Kerstin! When that move was pulled out in class I was like, "yeah, I don't think so!" I like life with four moveable limbs! :angry:

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Mazanderan,

 

The sore neck is probably from pulling up with your neck instead of your core. I always had a sore neck after we did pilates after class and could never figure out why. After I got away from that studio and started working out on my own I realized that I wasn't using the correct part of my body. I agree with Garyecht, to know that you are doing it correctly you should feel that burn in your abdominal area. I also don't do any of the crazy stuff (I don't know the name for this, I think it's the candle or something) liking hiking your entire body straight up in the air and balancing on your shoulders and the back of your neck. Thankfully, none of my workouts have anything like that in them.

 

Maybe take a class or two if you can to get an idea and feel for how it's supposed to be. Pilates is definitely worth it!

 

WM

 

Thanks, WendyMichelle. I think I will probably have to take classes if I ever want to get the hang of pilates. I just see the dvds and get seduced by the promise of perfect abs :yes:

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I've not heard of this, but I am strating pilates classes soon to help with my strength and flexibility. I'm investing in a gym ball as well, does anyone believe they work? Or should I not bother?

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What were you planning to do with the ball? Are you talking about the big spine ball, that you can also sit on?

 

A Gym ball has no use in authentic Pilates, some so- called contemporary Pilates- based systems use them, but I find them dangerous.

 

I have seen various back injuries resulting from the use of a ball in Pilates and fitness, if your abs are weak, doing reverse crunches and leg lifts can hurt your back.

So I would be very careful.

They have a place in rehab, but I personally don't like them in exercise training.

 

Invest in some good private Pilates sessions and take Mat classes.

Yes, they are expensive, but that's what they are worth.

Some studios give a professional dancer discount, don't be afraid to ask.

Ask your teacher what qualification they have, 600 hrs of training is the minimum.

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I did wonder because every time I attempt to even sit on one I fall off! I just wanted one to intensify the pilates and floor exercises I do at home (inc. crunches and leg exercises), but will be taking pilates classes soon. Thanks for the tips=]

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