Quickie Review: Annette Fletcher’s Perfect in Ten Pilates

Annette Fletcher’s Perfect in Ten: Pilates is a nice little whole-body workout, including light warmup and stretching.

First, a clarification: there are five segments. I suppose that the first one wasn’t advertised as a workout segment since it’s more of a warmup, but it does consist of pilates moves. Also, doing all five segments adds up to about 57 minutes of exercise. Somewhere, the math is off.

Fletcher is straightforward and clear — no perky encouragements here. I like that every single move and breath are cued. I also like that, for tougher moves, she will have you do a preparatory movement sequence, and that she sometimes shows modifications. (This is especially the case for ab work.)

The movements are indeed difficult, especially to do precisely. Still, except for the abs section, I can’t say I really felt much of a burn. Doing the arm, leg and glute work felt more like pleasant stretching than strength training. I’ve had a more intense workout from other pilates programs.

All in all, I’ll probably do the program again, though probably when I want a wake-up and stretching regimen with some mild strength training.


  1. Don't be fooled. This workout is tough. I've been working with other pilates programs, and Perfect in Ten Pilates is not 100 percent beginner. It's got quite a lot of tough moves, such as the side plank, done quite fully.

    With Pilates, you won't feel the cardio kind of burn. But it's still an extremely effective exercise and I'm finding benefits within a few weeks. Quicker than I ever have with yoga, though yoga is a more whollistic exercise. Actually we Indians believe it's a whole way of living.

    One point though: you have to do pilates accurately for there to be any effect. With many exercises that I scoffed at in the beginning because they didn't seem like they were tiring me out at all, I found I could feel the muscles working only after many days of doing the exercise.

  2. irina says:

    This is true — I can't do a full rollup at all, for example. Not properly, that is.

    Still… other parts were a little too tough. I had some shoulder pain after doing this (I nearly fell from side plank). Hmmm…

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