The Bottom Line
The Power Paced Fitness Circle workout on DVD, from Stott Pilates, is an up-beat challenging workout. The magic circle is a great tool for adding difficulty and variety to your workouts, and the pace will get your blood and breath moving. Look to this DVD to give your arms and legs a good workout as well. Stott didn't skimp on getting to the inner thigh and triceps either -- two places that are often hard to get to. This DVD also includes a taste of the next level workout...yikes...be warmed up and give it a go.
- A good challenge for the intermediate student
- Stott DVD/videos are well produced
- The routine targets arms, legs, thighs, and butt and well as the core
- A fitness circle adds interest to the workout
- This DVD includes the "workout with music only" feature
- You are on your own for Pilates fundamental cues and safety cues
- Not all exercise instructions are clear the first time around
- 32 exercises provide a balanced workout
- This DVD shows some inventive ways of using the fitness circle (magic circle) to tone the arms and thighs.
- Moira Merrithew, founder of Stott Pilates, is the instructor.
- 3 models give clear demonstrations.
Guide Review - Stott Pilates Power Paced Fitness Circle DVD
This is a fitness circle workout for intermediate students. There are not a lot of reminder cues. You have to know what one is doing in terms of Pilates fundamentals, and be able to apply that knowledge independently. Be prepared to keep up the pace. You might need to go through the program a few times before you really get the flow of the workout. One of my favorite features is that once you do get all the exercise instruction, you can choose music only.
This is just the kind of workout I'm looking for when I've got a half-hour or so to workout at home - I've warmed up with some mat work and I want to get a quick (but real) workout in. The 32 exercises are nicely sequenced so that I feel I've gotten an all-over workout.
On occasion, I've chosen this DVD to go with me when I travel. I can easily put the fitness circle and DVD in a suitcase and take them anywhere. They add almost no weight and take up very little room. I use the Stott fitness circle lite for traveling. Stott also sells a heavier duty version, the fitness circle pro. Read more about buying fitness circles in Before You Buy a Magic Circle.
Note: Fitness circles go by many names: magic circle, workout ring, exercise circle, Pilates ring, and so on... Joseph Pilates actually invented this piece of equipment and it is traditionally called the magic circle.Compare Prices on Magic Circles
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