Tone Up with the Lisa Snowdon Supermodel Workout


Tone Up and Lose Weight with the Lisa Snowdon Supermodel Workout

One of the best experiences I had while working at Parrot Cay was putting together goal-oriented fitness programs for different guests. I would work together with the kitchen, the spa, and the butlers to ensure that the person achieved his or her goals. This sometimes meant taking snacks and alcohol out of mini-bars and making sure guests were up in time for early morning workouts.

That said, one of my favorite guests was model, actress, and radio host Lisa Snowdon. She came to the Cay for one week, with her stated goals being to try some Pilates, improve her exercise form to eliminate back pain, tone up, and lose a few pounds. Lisa left five pounds lighter and four inches smaller with no back pain! She says,

I was trying lots of different meditation and yoga classes, lots of gorgeous treatments in the spa and more tough private classes with Lynda. I was in total heaven feeling fitter, healthier, sleeping really well and enjoying being super-rested. Incorporating at least two hours of exercise a day plus eating well and cutting out sugary snacks and desserts definitely had a positive effect on body and mind.

I nervously approached my last day of training before my final weigh-in with Lynda. I did an hour and a half TRX, kettle-bell training and squats and lunges. I'd grown really fond of Lynda: her energy was fantastic and her style of training was one I really liked. I had explained to her that before training with her my lower back had been playing up – it was stiff and sore – but after training for the week it was fine.

I relaxed a little before popping to the spa for another epic deep-tissue massage and later at the end of the day I had another yoga class. I'd been really disciplined with my diet and I had certainly done more exercise each day than I usually did.

I felt I could see the results but I wasn't sure if my weight or measurements would reflect that. But they did. I had lost weight – a total of 5lb and also 4in overall from different parts of my body. Good results! Both Lynda and I were very happy. I celebrated with breakfast at the Terrace and had papaya with lime and berries and an omelette with vegetables.

Here is a quick and dirty video that shows you some of the exercises I did with Lisa Snowdon over that week.


The exercises:

  1. Pelvic Tilt
  2. Bridging, add knee fold, and one leg pulse
  3. Single leg stretch
  4. Criss cross
  5. Side Hydrant
  6. Side Double Leg Lift
  7. Short Lever Side Plank and Star
  8. Repeat other side
  9. Plank, add mountain climber, then oblique crunch


Learning Pilates from YouTube

You may know that I have a YouTube channel and free Fitness Sanity Podcast, with good basic Pilates workouts and some discussions on basic biomechanics and how they relate to the Pilates exercises. Every once in a while I wonder if they really do any good; if people really watch them, use them, and get any value from the videos. Yesterday I checked my Facebook Page and there was this lovely private message from a fan in Australia. This MADE MY DAY!

Hi Lynda,

I would like to thank you SO much for your amazing Pilates youtube videos! I am from Melbourne, Australia and have been doing short Pilates workouts every day before work using your videos. I look forward to getting up in the morning and preparing myself for the day using Pelvic Stability and then your 10 minute Bikini body workout or the Core Exercises for Back, Abs and Shoulders. Today I tried exercising with the Ball and enjoyed rolling back and forth whilst activating my core muscles. ;)

I have started out as a beginner, and because you explain everything in detail, I always feel aware of my positioning and can notice if I am doing anything wrong. I am also enjoying sounding smart to my friends and family when I can explain about how important Pelvic Stability is. heehee

My neck and shoulder pain has improved, (because of your videos on them :)) and whenever I sense that my posture is out, out comes Youtube and your videos to align me correctly again!

If you have any videos or DVDs for purchase, please let me know, I would buy them in a heartbeat! If I lived in New York (or even came to visit) I would DEFINITELY come and have Pilates Sessions with you, you are AMAZING!!! :-D

Keep up the good work!!


YouTube - Prone Back Extension Exercises

httpv:// This is my latest video, and I chose prone back extension as I think this is something we all could use more of. These exercises will help improve your posture, strengthen your back, and ease back pain. Enjoy and let me know what you think!