Power Zone: Mind, Body, Soul Denise AustinDescription:
DX50 | English | 720x544 | AVI | 29.970 fps 1375 kbps | MP3 192 kbps | 481 MBGenre: eLearning
Fitness expert Denise Austin has designed an exciting new blend of yoga, Pilates, and deep, focused breathing that will leave you feeling energized, strong and serene. Youll begin with yoga poses and instruction on proper breathing techniques to stimulate your mind and banish tension. BODY: In this segment, Denise guides you through an innovative standing Pilates approach that stabilizes the spine for a stress free lower back while toning the tummy and firming arms and legs. SOUL: In Soul, this refreshing workout is devoted to rhythmic moves and stretches that will energize your spirit and set it soaring!
40 minutes is all it takes to connect your Mind, Body, and Soul!
ive exercised with denise austins TV show for a long time, but i wanted something that focused solely on pilates. unfortunately, i bought the stott pilates advanced matwork tape and i ended up hurting my neck and back.
then denise came out with this new dvd and i wanted to give it a try. after doing this program, i realize i never should have veered away from denise. her exercises are always completely safe but extremely effective (youll feel it and see it!), she has an interesting background, fantastic music, and she looks stunning as always.
when you start this workout your mind will be preoccupied, but after a few minutes you are completely engrossed in following the routine. denise takes you through exhilarating, lengthening stretches (mind); standing pilates that work your arms, chest, butt and legs without hurting your neck and back (body); and invigorating, refreshing flowing motions (soul). incredibly, she kept my abs engaged throughout, which is exactly what i wanted in a workout routine. the best part is that the 40 minutes fly by and then i cant wait till the next time.
i recommend this dvd for any level of fitness: the more advanced you are, the more youll be able to engage your different muscles while doing the exercises. working out with denise is the fastest and most enjoyable way to a good body.
Denise Austins Mind Body Soul is a 40 minute workout which nicely blends different exercise styles. It is filmed on an outdoors y looking set, and Denise works out with two background exercisers. The first section, Mind, begins with a 5 minute warm up which concentrates on breathing and spine stretches and then moves into an additional 5 minutes of standing yoga postures. The poses (warrior II, side angle, triangle) flow nicely and include some more challenging balances such as warrior III and dancer. Denise gives good reminders to focus on your breathing, although she overuses trite phrases such as your spine is your life line.
The middle segment, Body, consists of Pilates movements performed mostly in a standing position. In the first 10 minutes, you will replicate Pilates matwork moves such as single leg stretch, criss cross, double leg stretch, spine stretch, and saw, all while standing erect. However, you will also perform some challenging plank work from a push up position on the floor. The following 10 minutes require the assistance of a wall. Initially, the wall is used for support during 1 legged moves such as leg kicks, leg circles, rear kicks, and heel beats. Next, the wall is used for some strength moves, including a wall squat, a triceps isometric exercise, and wall push ups. Throughout this section, Denise repeatedly reminds you to zip up your abdominal area so that you really feel the work in your midsection.
The final section of this video, Soul, was a 10 minute dance type stretch. The exercises performed included mambos, lunges, and additional warrior poses, but the moves seemed to serve as more of a cool down function rather than cardio or toning. This was my least favorite section of the video; it may have worked better if the Mind and Soul segments had been reversed. Overall, however, I found this to be an enjoyable workout for light toning and general stretching. Denises personality is a bit more subdued than usual here, and because the workout moves slowly, I found her much easier to follow than in her aerobic workouts.
I have been working out to Denise for over two years and I love what she offers in her videos. Currently, I do her Fit & Lite and Daily Workout shows on Lifetime daily, as well as own her Mat Workout Based on J.H. Pilates, Power Zone: The Ultimate Metabolism Boosting Workout, and her Abs workout videos. I am pretty satisfied with those, but Denises 2003 release of Power Zone: Mind, Body, Soul video is probably one of my favorites.
The first workout, Mind, is a warm up that is absolutely great to do in the morning Mind is filled with concentrated breathing, slow stretches, and focus on pulling in the abdominals.
The second workout, Body, is a Standing Pilates segment. If you own a video or have ever used the Pilates workouts, these moves should be familiar the difference is youre standing up while doing it. Sounds strange, but you sure feel the burn more than you would if you were doing them on the floor. This ones terrifc for the abs.
The third workout, Soul, is a salsa inspired segment I wouldnt really call it cardio, but it sure gets your heart pumping. Its pretty fun. You really feel this in your torso.
The last workout, Spirit, is a sort of a cool down; great for doing right before bed. Its a real soother.
Overall, I wouldnt recommend this video to someone who just wants ONE fitness video this video is awesome, but I suggest you get another video to go along with it to get in your essential cardio in.
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