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DVD Review: Exhale: Core Fusion Collection

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Exhale: Core Fusion Collection is a value priced collection of award-winning and best-selling workout DVDs that was released on January 5, 2010 by Acacia Lifestyle. This workout collection contains three separate DVDs that each contain five 10-minute results-driven workouts for a total of 15 separate workouts.

The Core Fusion Collection was created by the husband and wife team  Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp. They have over 50 combined years of experience teaching Pilates, the Lotte Berk Method, yoga, dance, and tai chi. They are founding members of Exhale, which is a leading mind/body spa with locations throughout the US.

The three DVDs included in the Core Fusion Collection are Body Sculpt, Pilates Plus, and Thighs & Glutes. Body Sculpt uses strength training workouts to target everything from your arms and shoulders to glutes, hips, thighs, and abs. You will use your own body weight as resistance and small hand weights (I used two cans of veggies) to challenge and build your muscles. The Body Sculpt DVD was Acacia's number one bestselling title in 2008/2009 and was a USA Today pick.

Pilates Plus is a Pilates-based workout program that integrates your core with every move. This DVD was a Prevention "DVDs We Love" pick, a Health "Best Pilates" DVD in 2009, and a USA Today pick. It was also named "Best Fusion Class" by New York magazine. It's a deep-toning approach that works hard-to-reach areas that traditional exercises miss. It also features yoga-inspired postures and core-conditioning exercises.

The Thighs & Glutes DVD lifts your buns, tones your legs, and trims your waist by using exercises that firm and tighten in all the right spots. This is a high intensity toning workout that helps you sculpt and tone. This DVD was chosen Shape magazine's DVD of the month.

These three exercise DVDs can be done in any order you like. They can be combined or done separately. I found it easiest to chose one area on each DVD. So I chose to do ten minutes of Thighs & Glutes, ten minutes of Body Sculpting, and ten minutes of Pilates Plus. You could just as easily chose to do all of the Pilates Plus DVD instead if you wanted to focus on one type of exercise at a time.

The moves shown in the Core Fusion Collection workouts are not difficult to follow. The creators show you step-by-step how to do each move. Each ten minute workout includes a warm-up and slow down section. While the moves aren't difficult, the workouts are invigorating and, I felt, challenging. I consider myself to be a novice at exercise so those of you who are more experienced may not be as challenged as I was.

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