windsor-pinkSHAPE Magazine and Gaiam collaborated to release the The Mari Winsor Pilates for Pink Core Challenge claiming to help you flatten your abs, as well as sculpt and shape your arms, shoulders, and thighs.

Having experience with Winsor Pilates, when Curvy Angela (Head Diva at The Curvy Life) asked me to give this new program a try, I was happy to pull out my mat and start challenging my core.  Now, having done all of the workouts a couple of times, I have mixed feelings.

First, some of the PROs

This DVD includes four 10-minute workout segments that can be done in any order.  The great part about that feature is that even if you feel that your schedule is too busy to include in a fitness routine, just doing one workout helps you feel good about fitting in a productive 10 minutes. Plus, those ten minute segments are filled with some pretty powerful and effective moves.  And, of course, you can’t forget that $1 from the sale of this DVD will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® – a truly Pink PRO!

Now, some of the CONs

One strange aspect of this DVD is that there is no ability to “play all” of the segments. You can go in and customize by choosing which you want to play first, second, third and fourth, but if you want the entire workout, you have to do that every time. Of course, I will probably not want to do all four workouts together, because the slow pace and really awful music made for a pretty boring 40 minutes.

Bottom Line

There are a few good moves that I will definitely incorporate into my regular routine, but the overall program is a little too boring to make it to the top of my playlist.


The Gear

Cute gear makes me feel more motivated and confident during my workouts.  In honor of the PINK aspect of this workout, I wore the Black lucy Harmony Pant with the Azalea (i.e., pink) lucy Selene Cami, and practiced on the Gaiam Hyacinth (i.e., pink) Yoga Mat

This review was originally published on 01/04/10 on