= Invigorating and Sensuous
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review
It is rare to find a workout in which you enjoy all the
exercises. This is one of those exceptional routines that
combines a sensuous flow of movement, motivational music and
The setting is striking and the music will be loved by anyone
who enjoys the “Pure Moods” CDs. What you will completely
love is the ability to use your own music. There is an
“Alternative Audio Track” containing absolutely no music!
That is a real bonus in the Special Features section.
If you have a CD player or stereo in the same room, you can
play any motivational music you prefer and if you want to play
relaxing music with candles, you can adapt the workout to suit
your more relaxed mood.
They have also included:
Position Breakdowns – pictures and explanations
This is actually a medium to fast paced workout in places and
then at times it slows to a complete standstill as you relax
into the poses. This is the "vinyasa" or flow of poses
Frankly, it is perfect. If you are a beginner, you have time
to catch up while advanced and intermediate students are already
in the “standstill” stage. I loved the way this routine can
be adapted for all levels of yoga practice.
While I’ve done yoga for a few years on and off, this has
to be not only the most invigorating routine, but also the most
enjoyable. My entire body felt warm within a few minutes and at
the end I was convinced I had really received an excellent
workout. My arms, legs and stomach could feel they had been put
through the motions, yet I felt completely relaxed and in a good
frame of mind as the routine wound down to a completely relaxed
Kristin McGee is an excellent instructor and her queuing is
perfect if not the best I’ve ever heard. She knows how to
translate her knowledge to the students all while giving the
names of the poses and emphasizing breathing.
You literally fall under her spell and do exactly what she
tells you to do. There is no resistance. I was impressed with
her creativity and especially enjoyed the unique hip stretches
that felt so good. She explains the difference between the lunge
and warrior poses and gives tips throughout the workout. You
feel nurtured throughout your practice.
Poses you will learn:
Downward Facing Dog
Chaturanga – the most difficult yoga move I’ve tried, but
they have variations.
Extended Side Angle
Upward Facing Dog
The routine opens with breathing and this is emphasized
throughout the entire workout. You will know when to breathe in
and out and soon you will realize that in fact, once you get
past the first 10 minutes, your breathing will become naturally
more rapid in pace. You then will be doing standing postures,
back bends, forward bends and all the poses listed above. The
balancing poses were perhaps some of the most challenging moves
and you might want to stand near a wall when first attempting
those particular exercises.
This workout is perfect for beginning, intermediate and
advanced students. You will need a yoga mat and a block. These
are items you can find almost in any store these days or are
easily found online.
I strongly advise purchasing the DVD for the special
features! Since the DVD offers an alternative audio track, this
is appropriate for all ages and you can do the routine without
any music if you prefer a more ascetic or worshipful approach.
The alternative audio track is perhaps the most exciting part of
this DVD besides the excellent instruction.
Highly, Highly recommended! 10 Stars. Now in my Top 10
MTV Power Yoga
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review
Kristin McGee is an instructor at "Crunch." I
love her yoga workouts because she is serious about yoga and
makes each workout enjoyable while still challenging you to your
limit! This is a fast-paced Ashtanga-style workout.
An Ashtanga-style workout presents a series of postures that
produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat to detoxify
the organs and muscles. You will feel the improved circulation
and no one will have to tell you to "breathe deeply"
You will breathe deeply because you need to.
This is definitely an advanced workout because it moves so
fast, there is really no time to actually learn the moves. You
have to know what the poses are and move very quickly from one
to the other. This is an outdoor workout in Phoenix, Arizona.
This is quite the colorful workout. Not only are you outdoors
with greenery in the background, there are red flowers, large
red mats and blue/purple yoga mats.
Some of the exercises you will be doing include:
Downward Facing Dog
Awkward Chair (chair pose)
On all Fours Series
Seated Stretches & Forward Bends
Twists – Enter new levels of making yourself into a pretzel.
Pilates for Abs
There were quite a few poses that were highly creative and
that I've never seen in any yoga video before.
The Special Features Section includes:
1. Position Breakdowns for half moon, eagle pose,
dancing shiva, half wheel, full wheel.
2. Instructor Biographies – Nice to see Jess is now
certified as a yoga instructor. I was very inspired by his level
of practice in the first MTV Yoga workout.
3. Instructor Only Audio – this seems to be a unique
feature on MTV yoga workouts.. You can then play your own music
4. Blue Six Music Video – Nice to play while you are
flat on your back after this workout. Maybe you could say:
"Ahhhhh" a few times and get in a few minutes of
meditation. That is what I ended up doing. This workout is
pretty strenuous and therefore the word: power.
The only problem with the special features and bio section
was the back tracking you have to do to get back to the main
menu. They should have had "main menu" on all those
other pages. It wasn't that difficult to back track, but
requires an added level of patience. Maybe that is part of this
If you are new to Yoga and Pilates, I can highly recommend
the first MTV Yoga DVD to learn the poses. Then, try the Winsor
Pilates videos. If you can make it through Accelerated Body
Sculpting then the Pilates section at the end of this workout
will not be that much of a challenge. It is a short section to
tone and tighten, but the instructor expects you to know how to
do all the Pilates moves and fairly quickly.
While the cover says: "We incorporate beginner,
intermediate and advanced versions in one routine," the
problem for beginners is going to be the frustration they feel
at trying to not only learn the correct position, but keep
balance and follow the "poses" in a fast sequence.
Speed is going to be the problem. Yes, there are instructors for
each level, but the speed is all the same for every level. I
think it would have been amazing if they had taken this routine
and made it more accessible to all levels. Say, have three
different speeds, beginner, intermediate and advanced speed.
Also, you don't hold poses like "warrior" for
longer than a second. I would have liked to have spent more time
on each pose, but if that is also your preference, then you will
love the first MTV Yoga workout. This workout seems to be more
about stamina and getting the body warmed up and burning
There are also some pretty intense balancing poses (dancing
shiva) and strength poses (half and full wheel, imagine being on
all fours upside down) that will give intermediate and advanced
students some great challenges.
For those who are advanced, this will be yoga heaven. I'm
probably less than intermediate and I made it all the way to the
end. I just was not doing all the poses to their full extent and
many of the poses might take a year to learn properly. Yoga
requires a lot of flexibility and this takes time.
What I did notice was that I was stretching further than I've
ever stretched before and this might have been due to the
excellent warm-up sun salutation routine at the start.
I look forward to future MTV workouts because I like the
music they choose and the instruction is inspirational and the
workout really gives you the results you are looking for. I'd
love to see Kristin make a MTV Pilates workout and maybe even a
For this workout, you will need:
Yoga Mat (no other yoga tools/blocks, etc. are needed)
Comfortable tight fitting yoga outfit that sticks to you like
glue, otherwise any loose clothing will get in the way of your
speed. Jockey Activewear has some silky soft outfits that are
perfect for this type of workout.
Enjoy! This is a great challenge and the results are a calm
mind, strong body and a powerful sense of accomplishment.
The Ultimate Pilates Challenge, March 23, 2005
If you have been working out for years and have tried
Pilates, Yoga, Ballet and a wide variety of traditional
exercises, Kristin McGee will take you to an entirely
new level of fitness. Throughout this workout you will
recognize Pilates exercises, but they have creative
twists and present new challenges for the intermediate
The creativity in this workout is stunning and
mediocrity is not an option. Kristin presents
challenging isometric exercises to test your highest
level of patience. Yoga definitely prepared me for the
concentration needed to count to ten.
So, the first time I tried this DVD I thought for sure I
would never complete the exercises. My mind tried to
tell me I was not young enough and that I should
probably go back to a milder form of exercise at a
slower pace. However, I'm back to say that you can do
this if you watch this DVD first, then try the exercises
at your own pace. By the third viewing you may find you
can almost complete all the exercises with a few
This workout is in a club setting. The fuchsia mats are
set on larger purple mats with white stars. The dark
floor and the sapphire backgrounds make this an
aesthetically pleasing workout.
Routine 1: This is a ˝ hour body shaping routine with a
focus on strengthening core muscles, toning the arms and
working the abs like never before! Combine this routine
with the second routine for a full-body workout. The
beginning of this workout is deceptively easy. You
quickly warm up and then move from standing to the floor
in a quick sequence of movements you may recognize as a
type of Vinyasa. Then you spend a lot of time doing push
ups without really realizing you are doing push ups.
This is wonderful because the variety helps you tone up
your arms without boredom.
Your wrists may start to tire out if you don't give
yourself enough breaks. I did wish she had alternated
with exercises you could do on your back because I
started to feel that I was spending too much time
looking down at the mat. However, the bonus is a test
for your patience level.
Due to the fast-paced style, I'd recommend this to
anyone who has a basic knowledge of Pilates and Yoga. A
Yoga mat is needed, even though this is presented as a
Pilates workout. There are many Yoga postures and while
you are in the isometric positions it is helpful to be
working out on a secure surface.
Routine 2: This is a ˝ hour workout designed for the
legs and abs. You will feel your entire body being
strengthened and toned. The beauty of Kristin's teaching
style is in the motivational quality of her challenge.
She presents the challenge and gives you more options.
You can follow her and go for the advanced routine or
you can choose beginner or intermediate. I found I was
alternating between all three, depending on the
Bonus Routine: You could add this to the hour workout
(Routine 1 and 2) or you could use this routine when you
have less time. I'd actually say it is filled with
creative interpretations of Pilates exercises.
Create Your Own Routine - Step-by-Step selections lead
you to your perfect exercise routine.
Audio Setup - Want to listen to your own music? You can
select the Instructor-Only Audio Track. I enjoyed the
music on this DVD and it kept me motivated. After
exercising, you may enjoy the music-only audio track for
stretching. There is not a lot of stretching or a cool
down section at the end, so that might be an option.
This DVD is not only a true test of your physical
strength, the exercises will test your endurance and
willingness to push your body to the next level. I was
very determined to make it through this workout and on
the second try I made it through most of the exercises.
It brought out an entire level of competitiveness I
didn't even know I was capable of and I was determined
to make it through this DVD as if the world would end if
I didn't complete the exercises. Now I look forward to
incorporating this workout into my weekly routines.
Definitely an intermediate to advanced workout to try
after learning the exercises in the MTV Yoga, MTV Power
Yoga and MTV Pilates DVDs. The Music on this Pilates DVD
is perfect and compliments Kristin's teaching style.
Whatever will she think up next? I can't wait for the
next DVD and I look forward to the challenge.
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