This Core strengthening workout is a favorite with students, men and women alike. They never seem to get bored with it and ask for it over and over again. Not only do the exercises feel good while you’re doing them, but the overall workout gives fast outstanding results. Because of its popularity with my personal clients I decided to share it with everyone. This revolutionary spinal workout will unlock muscles in your core that you did not know existed making you both stronger and leaner. This workout gets to the root of tight, painful back and hip muscles liberating them to achieve both increased range of motion and release of pain. Although the abdominal muscles are challenged throughout the workout, the floor work sequence is long, unique and strengthens the entire back and abdominal group. This is a workout you can do repetitively and notice increased strength and flexibility after each session. The inches will also drop away from the powerful Core strengthening as your posture improves and your stomach flattens.
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As her television show but in your own room. A wonderful DVD, she gives clear directions, so exercises are easy to follow. Really a good workout.
I got this for my mother (age 84) but quickly realized that she would be unable to follow along. However, I (64) and my friend (female, 56) have been enjoying it- it is challenging enough, easy to follow and we can feel the results right away- better posture, sleeping with no pain, feeling stronger. My friend likes cardio (treadmills) and yoga, I like yoga and dance; we both find this a great addition to our workout routines.
I really like her show and this dvd was 55 minutes long. I was not sure it would help me any as I do get stiff at times and different aches and pains. but that night after I did the workout I slept so good!
This Esmonde Technique is the one that I do and my live has changed forever! I am flexile, because I did ballet and jazz exercises in the past. But, this one you can do, feel great, and remember to breath! Love, Beatriz
I love Classical Stretch, and I have and enjoy many of the full body workouts, including Classical Stretch - The Esmonde Technique: Full Body Workout Volume 1 / Athletes Intense Stretch. This DVD seems somewhat mistitled; I think that instructor Miranda Esmonde-White may have had better luck if she had called it called it "Classical Stretch Full Body Workout Volume 3" or even "Classical Stretch Posture Primer." As she notes in her introduction, the Core Workout IS a full-body routine a which focuses on the posture. Where the "core" comes into it is not the modern idea of core as being the abs, but the classic Pilates definition of core as involving not just the abdominals but rather ALL of the muscles that surround the spine. To work these muscles, Miranda notes that she will be including a lot of rotational moves in the routine.The Main Menu appears as follows:*Introduction to Workout, 3 Minutes*Classical Stretch Core Workout, 55 Minutes*Iberostar Hotels and ResortsMiranda is working out alone on a bright sandy beach in Jamaica. During the introduction, she provides a brief tutorial for one of the moves that is used throughout the workout, the Caribbean spine (a c-curve movement). The warm-up is just under 3 minutes long, and it consists of many of Miranda's typical moves, including side steps, taps, hamstring curls, knee ups, twists, and arm swings. Following the warm-up, Miranda immediately flows into full-body stretches. She intersperses her usual side-to-side lunges, which include plenty of shoulder rotations, with the Caribbean spine. The final time through, she adds in some variations to the Caribbean spine, performing this move to either side and with bent then straight arms.Next, Miranda does some calf raises, moving into 1-legged balance work. She also performs the clock, a move that she has included in some of her other DVDs, but she does a unique version here, opening the arms to stretch the chest. This is followed by an airplane sequence. Miranda then performs a series of side-to-side leg kicks, ending with rear leg kicks to work the glutes. After the leg work, she moves directly into arms work. Again, these moves are similar to what Miranda has offered in her other workouts, including shoulder rotations, rear presses, and shoulder circles, but again, Miranda offers a few unique twists, such as doing shoulder rotations on the diagonal. This 3.5 minute segment also includes some of the Caribbean spine work. The standing work concludes with a short plie segment which includes plies with rotation, bow and arrow, and a wipe the table move.The floor work begins at about 32 minutes into the workout. Miranda begins here with a 4.5 minutes situps section (not very long, but remember, "core" does not necessarily mean abs!). This segment is a bit tougher than her usual abs work. She starts with some fairly basic crunches, adding in pelvic lifts and then hip tucks. However, she then performs a more challenging combination that moves from a hip tuck to a scissors to a leg flutter and then a side scissor, with everything repeated several times. She concludes the abs work with a few stretches lying face down on the stomach. From this position, Miranda also performs a few brief back extensions/leg lifts. She then pushes back into child's pose and does a few additional stretches both in this position and on all fours.The final 16.5 minutes of the workout consists of barre work (using a sturdy chair is fine). First, Miranda simply uses the chair for balance while she does calf raises for the calves/ankles. Next, she places one foot on the seat of the chair to perform various stretches for the quads, calves, and psoas. Finally, she places a foot on the arm of the chair for a series of hamstring stretches. The last 3.5 minutes consists of side stretching, with Miranda standing to either side of the chair and then bending towards the chair to stretch the side and back. This brings the total time for this workout in at 56.5 minutes.I really enjoyed this workout! I was genuinely surprised and impressed by how much the full body stretches both targeted and opened my upper back, an area of particular tightness for me. Although the rest of the routine felt similar to other Classical Stretch workouts that I've tried, the standing segment was quite unique and different, and I think it makes this DVD a worthwhile purchase. Definitely recommended!