The Bottom Line
- A challenging, creative workout that will appeal to intermediate and advanced exercisers
- Balanced mix of Pilates exercises targets every part of the body, with a focus on the core
- The weighted ball adds intensity to the exercises
- Three express workouts give exercisers more options for shorter workouts
- The music is a bit loud at times, drowning out her voice
- Not much detailed instruction is offered, so beginners may have trouble following the workout
- Instructor: Bernadette Giorgi
- Workout Type: Pilates Power Ball Sculpt
- Workout Length: 52 Minutes
- Price: $19.99
- Fitness Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Guide Review - Pilates Power Ball Sculpt with Bernadette Giorgi
The 5-minute warm up begins with Bernadette by herself taking you through a rhythmic dance of shoulder rolls, plie squats, side leg lifts, front kicks and other basic moves to get you warmed up. The music is energetic and fun, although it does sometimes drown out Bernadette's instruction.
The workout itself begins with a traditional exercise, hundreds, although she actually does this move at a double count (e.g., two pumps with each count), which is more like 200. From there, the workout flows from one move to another with a few short stretches in between for a non-stop Pilates routine.
Just some of the standout exercises include:
- Rolldowns holding the power ball
- Rollover with ball between the feet - I like this move because it forces you to engage your core to control the legs as they go over the head
- A double leg stretch in which you exchange the ball between the hands and the knees
- Criss-cross with the ball behind the head
- Pelvic floor lifts with one foot on the ball
- The saw, exchanging the ball from hand to hand as you rotate - This was another favorite of mine, allowing you to get deeper into the stretch while working the arms and shoulders
- Side bridge an arm scoop - This one was particularly tough and great for the obliques and shoulders
Overall, the creative use of the power ball adds a new element to Pilates exercises, forcing you to slow down and engage your core and stabilizer muscles to keep your alignment. Pilates fans will enjoy seeing new twists on traditional exercises.