When it comes to practicing Pilates, celebrities turn to Hollywood's top tune-up expert for bodies of all shapes and sizes: Mari Winsor. Her client list reads like a listing of who's who in the entertainment world, including Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Berkeley, Minnie Driver, Daisy Fuentes, Jasmine Guy, Jewel, Melanie Griffith, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Dita Von Tees. Wish you could afford a class in her exclusive studio? Now you can, because Mari has developed a series of at-home fitness DVDs that give you the feeling of working out with her in your own living room. We've sweated our way through the following in order to give you our reviews:
- Do you feel as if have too much junk in the trunk? For a divine derriere, try "Lower Body Pilates" (click to order). Your hips, thighs and glutes will thank you, and your skinny jeans will finally slip on smoothly.
- When it comes to trimming your tummy, whittling your waistline and keeping your core toned, Pilates is the ultimate solution. And for the ab-solutely ultimate workout, try "Flat Abs Pilates" (click to order). Mari shows you how to get a firm midsection that can also alleviate back problems.
- We saved the best for last. Mari has developed a series of DVDs that provide you with the basics of Pilates, plus a fast-moving 20-minute workout designed to keep your metabolism boosted all day long and, in addition, her accelerated body sculpting program: "Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Workout Set (Basics Step-By-Step/20 Minute Workout/Accelerated Body Sculpting)" - click to order. Is it easy? No. Is it effective? Yes. Mari explains: "Pilates gives us exactly the look we want without adding bulk—leaving us feeling taller, slimmer and sculpted."