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Pilates DVD Review: The Jump Board Workout

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By Nicole Rogers

Pilates Sport Center “The Jump Board Workout”Any Pilates instructor knows that the one exercise requested over and over again by clients is jumping on the jump board. In fact, I don’t think anyone has ever said the word “jumping” to me in a Pilates studio without smiling. Jumping is fun and weightless and graceful—what’s not love? To help you with new ideas for this classical prop, Pilates Sports Center has produced The Jump Board Workout, a 50-minute DVD for intermediate and advanced levels.

The DVD is essentially comprised of one shot with a woman performing the intermediate exercises in the foreground and a man performing the advanced versions in the background holding hand weights. The instruction is clear and concise, starting with a series of jumps, then Hundreds, another long series of jumps, side-lying jumps (I had never done these before and they are difficult), a hamstring series, and a cool down series that starts with leg and hip stretches using the Magic Circle and ends with Eve’s Lunge. The cues are helpful, but certainly geared toward instructors or advanced students. Cues like “maintain neutral” and “keep working from the core” obviously assume some previous Pilates experience.
I watched the DVD at home and practiced most of the moves later on a Reformer (though I did fewer reps). Without question, this is a tough workout for the entire body, and definitely a solid cardio workout. The DVD offers the option of placing the hands under the buttocks to protect the back, which I recommend. Jumping takes an incredible amount of core strength, especially when done for a long period of time. My lungs and legs were burning at the end of 20 minutes on my own, and I didn’t even try using the hand weights! The workout also gave me some great ideas for teaching.

This DVD offers some nice variations and additions to the standard jump board routine, and if you can do enough of it to fit some cardio into your workout, all the better. The Jump Board Workout, $29.95, is available from Balanced Body (scroll down to the sixth item on the page).


Nicole Rogers is a Pilates instructor and writer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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I bought the PSC's "The Jumpboard Workout" based on the review as well as the description on their (Pilates Sports Center) website. Also because I have Stott's Jumpboard Reformer Interval workout which my clients love. The workout on the DVD is great, however, I feel the price is quite high for a mere 25 minute workout. The cueing is great, very clear and concise. If you have the extra cash to spend, it's a great addition to your repetoire.

January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Actually if you attend the entire workout it includes: jumping, ab series, side lying series and a stretch / cool down all totaled is far more than 25 minutes - we hope you will give it a try and do the entire workout for a well rounded experience. Thanks for watching!


April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndromeda Trumbull

Great DVD and my clients love it!!

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

thanks Kristen - they sell like hotcakes!!!!!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndromeda Trumbull

Can i use the Jumping workout on Peak reformers?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Hi Grace,

The Jump Board Workout is absolutely compatible on Peak reformers!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

I have to say, unfortunately, that this is not Pilates. Romana never taught 20, much less 50, minutes of jumpboard work on the Reformer. This is ridiculous.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdropshot

I love the PSC Jump DVD. Jump may not be classical Pilates, but isn't Pilates always evolving? Isn't that the beauty of it? I wish I could say that every single client was a Pilates junkie, but that's not the case. Jump adds a little variety to the traditional movements and incorporates cardio--which is a concern for my clients, "When can I get my cardio in?" "What kind of cardio should do?"

I'll admit that I think the DVD is a little pricey, but the knowledge that I gained in order to teach an effective and well structured jump class was worth it.

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