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Body Target: Hips & Thighs

with Jillian Hessel and Suzanne Deason

DVD: Body Target: Hips & Thighs
DVD Video

Pilates and Yoga together: 60 minutes to leaner legs, trimmer hips and thighs, and flatter abs.

About the DVD

Running time: 60 minutes
Level: Advanced Beginner
Publisher: GAIAM

NOTE: This DVD is now permanently out of print and cannot be purchased from my online store. However, the first part of the DVD ("Pilates Lower Body Workout") can be streamed to your television or mobile device through my GaiamTV Channel.

Two best-selling exercise programs — combining Pilates and Yoga — on one DVD!

The first part of the program, Pilates Lower Body Workout with Jillian Hessel, includes a warm-up to identify the "pilates powerhouse." The workout itself uses a variety of mat exercises to strengthen the hips, buttocks, and thighs, and help reshape and redefine the lower body. The cool-down refines posture and improves balance.

The second part of the DVD, Lower Body Yoga with Suzanne Deason, includes, a warm-up to prepare the mind and body. Next, the active workout stretches, tones, and strengthens the legs, hips, and thighs, and improves balance.

About Part 1:
Pilates Lower Body Workout

The foundation of a strong body lies below the waistline — in the abs, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Concentrating on the lower half of the body can help you strengthen your abdominal core, or "powerhouse," which is the source of all Pilates movements.

Filmed entirely outdoors in the stunning Canadian Rockies, Pilates Lower Body Workout focuses on the muscles of the lower body, including the legs and feet. Certified fitness instructor and master Pilates trainer Jillian Hessel guides you through an invigorating workout that engages the powerhouse in unison with the breath. For those with limited flexibility and strength, instructor Tara Russell simultaneously demonstrates a modified version of the workout.

With regular practice, Pilates can give you more energy, strength, and tone. Add this workout to your daily exercise routine, and you can begin to sculpt the long, lean lower body you want.

The complete 30-minute workout includes:

  • Warm-up exercises to identify the powerhouse and align the body
  • Mat exercises to condition the abs, hips, buttocks, and thighs
  • Vertical alignment exercises to refine posture and balance

This is a great workout for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners!

Recommended props: Pilates mat, Pilates Bodyband™, cushion.

Look Inside!

Take a free tour of the Pilates Lower Body Workout portion of the DVD...

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Clip 1:
Review of the Powerhouse, with focus on alignment of the lower half of the body from the waist down.

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Clip 2:
A workout engaging the Powerhouse in unison with the breath, while working the body in proper alignment.

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Clip 3:
Integrates muscle strengthening from the floor-work into an improved upright posture and better balance.

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(Part 1: Pilates Lower Body Workout)

Pilates Lower Body Workout

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