10 Minute Solution: Pilates (with Lara Hudson)
Difficulty Level: Rating: A few challenges
Sweat-o-meter: Rating: A little warm
Overall rating: Rating: Highly recommend
Length of workout: 56 minutes
Equipment needed: Mat, light hand weights for the sculpting workout
This workout is part of the 10 Minute Solution series of workouts, created specifically for people who don’t have time for a long workout. If you lead a busy life, you can fit a 10-minute workout in between your activities. So I don’t want to hear any more excuses about not being able to find the time to work out. I always make the time to do the entire 56-minute workout.
Lara Hudson leads the workout, which is divided into 5 segments: Abs, buns/thighs, sculpting, Pilates burn, and flexibility (stretching). Within each segment she always demonstrates an easier modification for beginners.
Lara starts the workout with the Pilates hundred and the rollup. Next are double leg stretches, side twists, the criss-cross, scissors, and corkscrew. All of these relatively easy exercises are done lying on your back. The killer part of the ab workout is the rollover. I’ll admit, there are some days I have to cheat and push my butt to get my legs to go over my head. This might be a more advanced Pilates move, but you have my permission to cheat if you’re a beginner. The ab workout finishes up with the teaser, probably the hardest ab move next to the rollover.
Buns & thighs
This video will show you what to expect in the buns & thighs workout; it’s the actual 10-minute segment of the workout. Starting with old-school leg lifts; then leg circles, ronde de jambe (a fancy term for forward and back leg lifts), and lower leg lifts. Next is the grasshopper, shoulder bridge, hip press, and leg press. The segment finishes up with straddle and butterfly stretches. But don’t just take my word for it; watch the video I included in the above link; you’ll see what to expect.
Grab your 2- or 3-lb. weights for this one. You’re also in luck, I found another video for Lara’s sculpting set so you can see what that looks like. You’ll do the zip-up, bicep curls, arm circles, “shave the head,” (you’ll have to watch the video to see what that is) and tricep kick-backs. There is a brief arm-stretching segment before she moves into “boxing” a shoulder press, and the “bug.” Killer move alert: Lara makes you pulse your arms mid-air. And with 3-lb. weights in your hands, it’s really a b****, uh, challenging. The last move is the Superman lunge – a move that combines a side step with arm raises, all while holding the weights. The sculpting set winds up with a few stretches while bending over and relaxing your arms. You will feel this tomorrow.
Cool! I found another 10-minute video on YouTube of the actual segment for your previewing pleasure. This workout starts you at the back of the mat, and makes you do a lot of the work on all fours. And then out of nowhere, Lara sneaks in some push-ups, my least favorite exercise.
Next are curls, leg & hip presses, hamstring kicks, and those pesky push-ups again, this time on one knee. Swimming, side stretches, leg circles, and hip stretches wrap up this segment. This is actually the best all-around Pilates workout because it incorporates your entire body into the workout. And I’ll grudgingly admit those push-ups really are good for you.
Regardless of how many of the above workouts you do in one session, you need to include this segment at the end of your workout. It’s all about the stretching the muscles you previously worked. It’s kind of like the dessert at the end of a good meal.
If you’ve had a stressful day, this is an excellent 10-minute workout to just unwind.
Although many fitness experts say that you won’t burn a whole lot of calories doing Pilates, you will definitely strengthen and stretch your body, which is what the exercise was initially designed to do.
Have you tried this workout yet? I would love to hear your opinions about it. Thanks for reading!