Minna - Optimizer - Strength & Grace [VHS]

 
9780739602478: Minna - Optimizer - Strength & Grace [VHS]

Minna Lessig's strength & grace is one of the first programs that combines strength training exercises with the conditioning power of Yoga and Pilates*. This workout blends the best Eastern and Western exercises for the most innovative approach to total body conditioning.

*based on the original works of Joseph H. Pilates

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Review:

This innovative workout blends traditional strength-training moves, such as squats and lunges, with yoga postures and Pilates-inspired moves in an interesting, varied format. Led by Minna Lessig, a former Ms. Fitness USA and N.P.C. National Fitness Champion, you move gracefully from position to position. For example, beginning in a plié you transition into a warrior pose, or from a wide squat into a tree pose, to sounds of music with a Latin beat. In another exercise, Minna has you hold a push-up position (a posture called "the plank") for long enough to tremble, then push your hips up until you're in the downward dog pose.

Although you don't use weights, the workout is challenging because you're constantly stopping your momentum in order to balance, and because you're holding postures that fatigue the muscles. The routine works the lower body much more than the upper body. A long, soothing stretch sequence at the end works our flexibility--one component of fitness that is often neglected. Minna is a fine instructor, capably leading us through difficult sequences with grace and calm. --Joan Price

About the Actor:

Minna Lessig, the former Ms. Fitness USA and N.P.C. National Fitness Champion, trains professionals and world class athletes. Minna has been watched by millions on television shows for Crunch, Reebok, and ESPN2. She is a fitness correspondent on CBS's The Early Show and a contributing editor to Muscle & Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers magazines.

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