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Speaking of DVDs, I have a dvd called the 10 Minute Pilates Solutiuon. It's a series of 10 minute workouts for abs, butt/thighs, arms/back, cardio (which I generally skip) and flexibility. One thing I like about it is that you can pick which workouts and in what order to play them. I usually do three or four workouts, skipping the flexibility one when I'm pressed for time.<br><br>
Is spending 10 minutes on abs, 10 on lower body, 10 on arms per day enough to improve strength and appearance? Should I occasionally program the dvd to do a 10 minute workout twice? The dvd is easy enough to do every day in conjunction with my running, but I'm concerned it's too easy.<br><br>
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I know that this won't be a popular answer but oh well. If the intensity of the workout is sufficient enough, 10 minutes would be ok, but if you are doing it sorta easy, then i would say no.<br><br>
I am currently doing a workout program that some routines take 5 minutes and some 20 minutes. but i never walk away from a workout thinking, boy i could do that again, i usually feel like i just got my ass whooped <img alt="violent4.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/violent4.gif"><br><br>
The program i do is one that is used by UFC fighters, police, fire, military etc and slackers like me <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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I agree with jtc. If you're doing the same video most days and it's not feeling challenging, it's probably enough to maintain but won't result in much gain of fitness.<br><br>
Does the routine feel challenging when you do it? With pilates you should feel very challenged but able to keep good form during the routine, but not lingering exhaustion after. I always feel revived after I do it.<br><br>
You might want to get another DVD or two and mix them up a little more. MTV Pilates Mix is one that's very challenging, and you can create your own routine with that one, too. Power Pilates Intermediate Workout <a href="http://www.powerpilates.com/store/cart.php?target=category&category_id=13" target="_blank">http://www.powerpilates.com/store/ca...category_id=13</a> is another good video with shorter and longer options.
 
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