Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mari Winsor Slimming Pilates System (WinsorSlim) Reviews

We've gotten a few requests for reviews of the new Mari Winsor "Slimming Pilates" system, aka "WinsorSlim". So let's give it a go and see if we can't come up with a few right here. For those who don't remember, Mari's first major product "Winsor Pilates" came out in 2002 and was a HUGE success for her. In fact it was one of the best-selling fitness infomercial products of all time. And for good reason: Mari is a true Pilates expert and her program actually worked really well for most customers!

Because of the Winsor Pilates home workout program many people (probably millions) were introduced to Pilates method exercise. Some fell in love with it and it remains a very popular form of workout in Europe and North America. It helps that Mari has a very unique teaching style that makes it easy to actually enjoy intense workouts. Overall, user reviews of Winsor Pilates were overwhelmingly positive and I know for a fact that people still use the tapes and DVDs today. People such as my aunt, a cousin, and 2 of my fitness clients... :)

Mari's new product -- the Slimming Pilates System, or "WinsorSlim" -- is very interesting. It's basically an updated version of the old Winsor Pilates program that's more focused on fat burning and body slimming, instead of just overall muscle toning and strengthening. It also features a unique piece of equipment that allows you to do several different Pilates moves in your own home without spending the thousands of dollars that are required for traditional Pilates machines.

The WinsorSlim package includes 4 DVDs, a "Rapid Results" weight loss guide, an "On-the-Go" dieting guide, a wall chart with instructions for each move, and the Accelerator, which is basically an adjustable weighted bar with an elastic resistance band and clip-on handles. 30 days of free "VIP Access" to Mari Winsor's special membership website is also included in your purchase. So right off the bat we can see that you get a lot of stuff for about $60 dollars. That's approximately equal to the cost of just one or two private Pilates instruction sessions!

This program, like most home workout programs, is mainly designed for beginners and intermediate users. So the level of difficulty and the intensity of the workouts is not ultra high. It's ideal for people who want to lose weight while toning, stretching, strengthening, and "lengthening" their body and muscles at the same time.

The addition of the Accelerator bar makes this program especially interesting. Mainly because it allows Mari to improve and enhance some traditional Pilates movements while also inventing some news ones that work the muscles in different ways and at different angles. It also makes the exercise routines more efficient because you can boost the intensity easily and do more in less time (always good in our book!).

So there you have it: a quick and hopefully useful review of the Mari Winsor Slimming Pilates -- or WinsorSlim -- system. We hope that more people will leave their own reviews, ratings, testimonials, questions, and all other feedback in the "comments" section below. Thanks!


Janette Washington said...

Thanks for the review! I did the Winsor Pilates workouts hundreds of times starting back in 2003. I really love the way Mari takes you through the movements and I will definitely be buying the Slimming Pilates DVD set within the next week. After I use it for awhile I'll come back here and post my own reviews. I really need to lose about 10 pounds so I hope this is the solution I've been looking for. Thanks again!

Jenni Hart said...

Hi. I've been using the Winsor Slim pilates program for 2 months and I'm REALLY happy with it. It's definitely like any other home workout program I've tried. It takes some getting used to especially with the Accelerator bar contraption but it is effective. I've lost 10 pounds so far and my butt, abs, and thigh muscles are much tighter and, according to my husband, sexier. So yes, I AM happy with Mari Winsor's new weight loss pilates program. Thanks Mari! :)

Kay, UK said...

I love mari winsor slimming pilates, in just 4 weeks of cutting down and following the workout plan provided (approx 5 times a week) I lost half a stone and 2 inches off my waist. I didnt have much to lose either (was a UK size 10). It really works and I keep recommending to my family and friends. Try it, you shouldn't be disappointed.

nola said...

Hi, Like everyone here I started with Mari in 2003 and have bought several of her programmes. I love the new Winsor Slimming Pilates system. She has given even more time to instructions on correct posture, breathing and the all important modifier. Not to mention variety. I live in Australia and unfortunately I don't have access to her intermediate and advanced workout calendars on the site, but hey it allows me the control to vary the workouts to my liking, a bonus. And the Accelerator! What can I say..Brilliant, it allows for so much control and sculpting. I really do recommend this. Oh and have lost 7 inches overall in 3 weeks of using it, so not bad at all, cheers!

Jen Jackson said...

I love the Windsor Slimming Pilates workout! In fact I plan on buying about 3 more sets for my friends. It's the perfect birthday gift. I've lost over 22 pounds so far in the past 4 months on this plan alone!