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Throwback Thursday: Gettin My Pilates on with Blogilates

  • July 9, 2015
  • By Brittany
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Throwback Thursday: Gettin My Pilates on with Blogilates

Hey all!  Happy Thursday!  Hope your week has been fantastic as always.  Thursday is here, which means it is almost the weekend and a good time for reflection.  If you are joining me for the link-up, please scroll to the bottom of the post to add your link.  For Throwback Thursday, I decided to pick my review of Blogilates because I’ve been teaching pilates classes twice a week all summer and I’m really getting into it.  Always used to think mat pilates was boring but it can be supper challenging if done correctly.  I’m having a great time so I decided to bring back my old Blogilates DVD review for you all today.  Trying to inspire some more interest in pilates!

Cassey is a pilates instructor who blogs about healthy living, pilates and much more. Her YouTube videos have a massive following (hello inspiration for my videos!) and at the end of last year she produced her first pilates DVD (jealous).

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Well, I finally decided to order her DVD recently and after doing it a couple of times, I ask myself what took so long!? Normally I don’t love pilates DVDs because quite honestly, I’ve never really felt the burn enough in mat classes to keep me interested. Because you are so focused on lying on the mat, its much harder to work your larger muscle groups (aka your buns and thighs). Pilates is based on movements that target your core, which is an important muscle to work, but not a huge calorie burner and I like to torch calories and tone at the same time!

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Given my reservations with pilates classes, I was pleasantly surprised when I did this DVD. The first couple of times I tried it, I split it up into smaller chunks and added it in to my cardio. After the first class, my abs were sore for two days! When I finally did the entire video in one sitting, I worked up quite a sweat. It’s not a cardio-based program so my calorie burn was not that high considering the video is 60 minutes long (200 calories), but in terms of feeling the burn in my muscles…it was definitely there!

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So here’s the details of the DVD:

* The full class is 60 minutes long, but there is a feature that allows you to target certain areas and just do the exercises for those areas. This basically breaks it down into 6 ten minute segments (roughly).

* Cassey says right up front this DVD is intermediate/advanced. I loved this because it was really challenging. If you are brand new to pilates, this DVD may be too difficult for you but Cassey does provide a lot of options so if you are relatively fit, I would consider trying it.

* The name of the game is repetitions, repetitions, repetitions. The muscle burn comes from doing each exercise for a loooooong time.

* Most people think long time = boring.  Actually Cassey has a really bubbly personality  (probably why she is so darn popular!) and when you listen to her, you can’t help but smile a little, which temporarily makes you forget about the pain in [insert any part of body here].

* The exercises in this DVD are pretty unique.  Just like yoga, there are standard sequences and moves in pilates that you will tend to see when you go to class.  Cassey really thought outside of the box with this DVD and introduced a lot of moves I had never done before in a pilates class. 

* This is a total body workout: legs, arms, booty and every part of your abs/core.  Cassey tends to work on area at a time so you fatigue those muscle groups before you move on to another area.

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A huge bonus for this workout though was that it was totally doable for me with my elbow.  Since I fractured it, I can only do a select few strength/toning workouts.  This one was no problem at all!  The only thing I could not do were some planks at the end and a booty up thingie (don’t ask, just see for yourself!).

Overall, I really like this workout and will do it again.  I most likely will incorporate parts of it into my other workouts because although the hour class is great, I would rather do a few pilates moves at a time than a full hour of pilates.  

Readers, how do you feel about pilates?  Have you been over to Blogilates site?  As a side note–crazy to look at my old NYC apartment!  Miss you (sorta).

My Own Balance

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By Brittany, July 9, 2015
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  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    July 9, 2015

    I’ve done very little Pilates, but I feel like I need it these days!! I will have to check out this DVD.

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    July 9, 2015

    Just linked up to your party lady!

    For some reason I’ve never done any of Cassey’s workouts, though I thought she seemed really bubbly and sweet when she did her session at Blogfest last year. I should YouTube one just to try it one day!

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