Monday, August 29, 2011

Weight Lost Monday: Pilates DVD review and GIVEAWAY.

Folks, before I get into my review I figured since we're close to the first of the month- it's time I give you my actual weigh in. I didn't take a picture because my camera battery is DEAD so I'm charging it. But the actual number is.... 168 pounds. Not bad, not great. I don't even know what my last weigh in was exactly, but 164 is in my head. So although technically I've gained four pounds in several months, I'm OK with that because I'm pretty confident it's mostly muscle. Because my legs? Are muscle-y but not in a She-Man way. Thankfully.

This week my goal is to get in a 2 mile run three times this week and do my Pilates DVD, which I'm going to tell you about in just a bit. My other goal? Less snacking. I have caught myself recently being on a snack binge of whatever is handy just because I can. So that has to stop and I need to up my water intake again because last night my calves hurt a lot and I'm pretty sure it's lack of water.

But let's talk about this Pilates DVD I have been working on and why I think you need to have it.

Prenatal Pilates with Dale Shea
Prenatal Pilates with Dale Shea (2010) Love Your Shape! Look and Feel Great!
I have to be honest with you, I have never done Pilates (or yoga) before but have always wanted to try it. Mostly because I figured it would be easy and I would look amazing with minimal effort. Well I'm here to tell you Pilates is no joke. I was hurting after the warm up program. By the time I got through the first set of exercises after the warm up, I was hurting in places I didn't know you had muscles. Like under your butt- have you ever hurt so much under your butt it hurt to sit? But it was a good hurt because after doing it for about two weeks (about 2-3 times a week) I can literally feel my muscles stretching and I do feel great after every work out. I feel like I actually got a work out done in my own living room.

Even though it is Prenatal Pilates- I will tell you that I'm not pregnant (though depending on the angle I could go for maybe a 3 or 4 month pregnant woman on a bad day), this was a work out. I am not ashamed to say I felt like a lazy fat ass when this 31 weeks pregnant woman is just breezing through these exercises like it's nothing. Because I know when I was 31 weeks pregnant I certainly wasn't doing Pilates because it was an effort to get in and out of the car.

Things I love about this DVD are basically it's a variety of workouts that you can mix and match depending on what you have to use or what you feel like doing. Like any other DVD you get a warm up and cool down chapter, but you also get a mat workout, hand weights work out, exercise band work out, and finally a ball work out. I loved each one of them and I felt like I got a substantial work out. I also love that you can do Pilates even if you have a bad back, bum leg, whatever- you can do it. I have a lot of lower back pain when I sit on the floor or generally any hard surface (thank you to my two babies) but I had no problem doing any of these exercises for 30-50 minutes at a time. I've also noticed an improvement in my running since doing this. I feel like the muscles in my legs are longer, if that makes any sense.

Would I recommend this DVD to anyone? Yes, I absolutely would. For it being my first time with Pilates, Dale (the instructor) explains everything really well so you don't feel like an idiot. The other best? She isn't one of these super crazy "You go girl!" screamers or overly hyper instructors. Which is really great because of the few exercise videos I've ever had- after one time watching it I'm done because I literally cannot take that persons voice or personality. But Dale seems super down to earth and she is there to get it done with you, so that's nice.

The best part my fellow fatties/chunklets? You can win a copy for your very own. That's right- Dale is so awesome she is going to give one of my readers their own copy. All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post (and be a follower) and I will draw a winner on Friday, September 2 during my Dear Sara vlog.

In the meantime, I highly suggest you check out her website HERE and take a look around. You can buy your own copy of the DVD on her website or through Amazon (here) and it's a reasonable price for a really great workout. For those of you wanting to lose weight but need to start with baby steps- this is for you. For those who are walking or beginning running and need something to do on your down days- this is for you. If you are pregnant or thinking you want to be pregnant- this is for you. Another great resource is her Pilates for Moms page because it gives you a bunch of legit reasons you should be doing Pilates.

Have you tried Pilates before? Did you like it, love it, or hate it? Why or why not?

16 comments:

Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix said...

I have tried Pilates and I liked it, but I only have used books. Loved it because, like you said, your muscles feel longer! I haven't done it in ages though, so prenatal would probably be aprops...

Heather said...

I follow you on GFC. I would love to have a copy of this DVD.

Heather K.
mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com

prettylittlereckless said...

Pilates is hard shit. My mom has a dvd and it was hard. I LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga though. It's challenging as well, but you feel AMAZING afterwards. I would totally try pilates again, so um- send me that dvd ;)

ps- I hate the screamers too. Just don't. I mean, it's not motivating.

Alpha Za said...

pilates in painful. Kudos!

SpiritPhoenix said...

I've always wanted to try pilates. I'm in for the drawing.

Kattrina said...

Oooh, I'm thinking of being pregnant and would love a Pilates video that you recommend. Fun times. Also, my legs are begging for something besides running. Yesterday on my run I really thought they were going to extricate themselves from my body and run into the woods and find another owner. Luckily they didn't because that would have made it especially difficult to get home....
And go Sara - run two miles three times this week!!

Marina said...

I would love to join your giveaway, but I couldn't find info is it international?

Sarah said...

Oh me! I need a new dvd...I'm trying yoga but the same thing over and over gets old fast. I haven't tried pilates yet. I've got to mix it up! Thansk for sharing!

thecurseofcurvesinmpls said...

This DVD sounds like a great gift for a friend of mine who is trying to get pregnant. I think the stress of trying to conceive has gotten her to gain some weight and overall fall into a slump. Plus, I'd definitely do it with her. It sounds awesome!

melissa said...

I have never tried pilates - but I am game! Unfortunately, the only time I am even in the vicinity of my gym is when I go grocery shopping, same parking lot - but I never quite make it there! You rock Sara...I so look forward to checking out your blog every day!

Melissa
maherm1070@gmail.com

Ang said...

I just joined a gym again :( money out the window... unless I get my fat ass there at LEAST 3 times a week.
I'd give this shit a try - why not, right?!

Ruth said...

I have never tried pilates.
Stretching out muscles always feels good. Maybe I need to try them.

Josie said...

Yay for prenatal pilates!

Dana B. said...

I have tried Pilates & it kills me but because of that I know it's a great way to stay in shape.
Publicly following via GFC.
Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

pinkghosta said...

i follow pinkgangsta21@gmail.com
i never heard of this but this would be good to win since im 30 weeks along today.
amandahoffman35@yahoo.com

Jacqueline Paris said...

So glad to hear you like Pilates:) I found it a few years ago, now I am a certified instructor and I (try) to hit the mat every day. I feel soo good afterward- way better than cardio endorphins. And it is a serious workout, but I love how you can tailor it to be whatever you want. No 2 people have the exact same Pilates experience!
Reading this makes me want to get off my butt and do a quick Pilates session on my floor:) http://jacquelineparis.wordpress.com/