It wasn't that long ago that I thought 'Pilates' was pronounced 'plates' like the dishware. Now I not only know how to pronounce it, I've actually done it and liked it, thanks to Pilates for Indie Rockers. I typically work out at the gym with weights two or three times a week, but otherwise avoid physical exertion. I've tried conventional yoga DVDs and been bored by their new age or
Stepford Wife tone. Pilates for Indie Rockers, however, grabbed my attention and held it with its D-I-Y riot-grrrl attitude.
Chaos, an athletically-built knockout sporting serious tattoos and two-tone bleach blonde and pink hair, leads the way through a challenging 35-minute workout that uses stretching, rolling, resistance, and controlled breathing to improve flexibility and tone. Chaos is accompanied by Page Turner. Page, a beauty with a lithe dancer's body and intricate back tattoo, performs the less strenuous versions of the exercises led by Chaos.
Pilates for Indie Rockers sports three selectable music channels: Indie, Pop-Punk, and Heavy. They're loaded with songs from obscure bands which provide tracks better than expected given the limited budget of an exercise DVD. While it's nice to have the option of listening to the three music channels, the best option is to select no background music and use your own.
The DVD's main menu offers the option of a brief introduction to proper breathing and posture, the main workout, or jumping straight to a specific exercise. The exercises include Warmup, Abs, Arms, Legs, and Final Stretch. Each last between five and nine minutes. None of the exercises require any equipment, though an exercise mat is useful if the mix of punk aesthetics and comfy mat doesn't cause you too much cognitive dissonance.
Pilates for Indie Rockers was recorded on digital video, and is presented with an enhanced 16:9 image that looks good generally, and great for an exercise video.
The audio is presented in a 2.0 mix that puts the emphasize on Chaos's instructions with the music, when selected, kept low. Note, when no music is selected the sound of street traffic is particularly noticeable; charitably, you can consider this an added bonus to the D-I-Y, non-studio flavor of this release.
There are no extras beyond a reel of trailers for other Halo Eight DVDs.
Pilates for Indie Rockers is a refreshing change from the usual workout DVD. Chaos and Page have a lot of style, the option of selecting a range of available music or providing your own is great, and the the exercises are challenging. This is the best workout DVD I've ever seen, and I will definitely be checking out Chaos's other DVD in this series, Yoga for Indie Rockers. If you're looking for something to spice up your home workout, Pilates for Indie Rockers is highly recommended.