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Move It at Home: Winsor Pilates Back Workout

I am going to say this on record - nothing beats going to an actual Pilates mat class. An hour long class works every bit of your body, while stretching and lengthening you as well. Plus, the instructor is right there providing feedback and giving corrections, as well as discussing the subtleties of the Pilates method.

Now if you can't make it to a class, there are DVDs, but good Pilates DVDs are hard to find. The Winsor Pilates DVDs are broken up into 20 minute targeted workouts, and The Back Workout is no exception. However, this DVD is different since it was created to alleviate back tightness and pain. Winsor even warns at the beginning of the workout that if you suffer from chronic back pain, you should consult with your physician first. This DVD is definitely meant to help folks with tight weak backs get stronger so they can take regular Pilates classes.

The series begins with stretches for hip and thigh muscles and a spine warm up. Classic Pilates exercises are taught in very modified variations that are perfect for beginners since they are accompanied by considerably more details than many of the workout videos by Winsor. However, if you are not dealing with a bad back, this is less of a workout and more like a warm up or cool down with gentle ab work. I feel following this DVD would be a great way to prepare for a long run, or help you chill out at the end of a long day. If you do have back problems this series could be very beneficial for you, but like Mari said, you should consult with your physician or physical therapist before trying the DVD.

The Back Workout DVD is included in the Best Value package (which also includes 8 DVDs, a sculpting circle, exercise planner and cookbook) on the Winsor Pilates website for $79.80. You can also find individual copies for as low as $7.50 on Amazon.

chatnoir chatnoir 10 years
I use Winsor Pilates. I definately love them. "Classic Pilates technique the complete mat workout" is wonderful. If you're a pilates fan, be sure you add it to your collection. It's on Amazon or you can try it out on netflix or Blockbuster.com. Not to take anything away from Mari. This one has the complete mat workout. It's a wow! I love mixing up my workouts. I also have Mari on my Supreme Pilates machine workout. She's a pro. I'm almost 1 inch taller from Pilates spine lengthening benefits!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
syako, I just discovered this too. Wish I had read your comment first before clicking!
syako syako 10 years
WARNING: When you click on that winsor pilates link it brings up a site that screams at you about pilates. So if you're at work MUTE YOUR SPEAKERS before clicking. (p.s. I hate obnoxious sites like that)
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