With a wee dog with a big tummy bug and too much heat and humidity this weekend, we skipped the trails and hit the mat. (Gretchen’s fine now. Like a person with the same symptoms, recovery is a little slow, but her appetite is back.)
The first dvd I tried is so bad I can’t even send it to GoodWill in good conscience. I confess, I’m not a Jillian Michaels fan, but Yoga Meltdown is DANGEROUS. I’ve been doing yoga for more than 15 years, so I’m no novice and it took all of my experience and self-awareness to avoid injury. She does have one “student” doing basic modifications, but she encourages the viewer to “jump” between poses that don’t really allow for a rapid transition. And that was at level 1. I’m putting it in the trash before my curiosity leads me to try level 2.
In sharp contrast, the Element Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball workouts are very safe and beginner friendly. Getting the ball inflated and the plug back in before it deflated… not so much. I tried and failed enough that Gretchen was stressed, and it took the Knight a few times to get the timing right.
But the workouts – a 20-minute or a 30-minute – are adaptable to your fitness and comfort levels. There are some fairly advanced moves, and while I think she only suggested one should only do what is comfortable at the start of the video, again… I know my limitations and I don’t do “full-body” rocking motions in any form – yoga, pilates or barre. This one is a keeper. It’s hardly as rewarding as an hour of a barre class, but it’s a nice addition to my home workout video collection.
If you follow Living Social for discounts, look for a barre offer. gMarie had one in her market last week, and I just scored 4 Pure Barre sessions for $35 today. It doesn’t expire for five years, so I’ll have plenty of time to use them.
Have you ever tossed a DVD (or book or …) because it was too awful to pass on?