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Perfect Mix - Jennifer Kries'

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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If you are tired of the canned enthusiasm, confusing routines, and sometimes dangerous directives of the latest wave of fat-blasting, kung-fu-fighting, contortionist fitness trends, introduce yourself to Jennifer Kries, the most refreshing instructor to hit home televisions in the past decade. Kries has developed an impressive array of videos and DVDs devoted to what she calls "three-dimensional toning," focusing on "improving the body's efficiency and functionality rather than just changing its appearance."

Perfect Mix is split into three 20-minute segments, each emphasizing a different fitness goal but sharing the same movements and methods. The first segment, "Core Contouring," uses traditional yoga and Pilates moves to focus on improving total body strength. The next section, "Metabolic Booster," is a cardio boost, using light weight training to burn calories while working different muscles groups throughout the entire body. Finally the yoga-based "Rejuvenation" segment brings down the heart rate and promotes flexibility and mindfulness.

Kries is a patient and surprisingly empathetic instructor--she is hyperaware of her own freakish flexibility, and constantly reminds viewers to "listen to your body and never move to the point of pain." Because she is so focused on breathing and precision of movement, the best thing about the DVD is the ability to use slow-motion controls to really improve your form (this is a no-frills DVD, with a music-only option, which is peculiar; the point is not to stare at a TV screen, and the teacher's vocal guidance is usually an essential part of that process). Kries moves through the routines rather quickly, only doing a few repetitions of each exercise, and while this prevents boredom it also makes it easy to skimp on the moves and not give the full attention needed to really feel the workout. When done correctly this is the perfect class to follow a long hard day at work--it is both energizing and invigorating without being physically and mentally exhausting. --Daphne Durham

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1.0 out of 5 stars Stop Talking Already Feb. 17 2004
This is a terrible video. I enjoy exercise videos but this is one of the worst. The instructor doesn't stop talking. It's nice to be guided through postures but she doesn't shut up. She also takes atleast five minutes of each segment and tells you how to breathe. It felt like a Lamaze class. The first segment is Core Conditioning. It concentrates on your abs and lower spine. It's not half bad and she does explain things nicely, which is good if you've never done Pilates.
The second segment, Metabolic Booster, is ridiculous. She's jumping and dancing all over the place. You'd have to watch it quite a few times to get the moves down. The last segment, Rejuvination, is based on yoga. Again, she babbles on for about five minutes then finally takes you through a few common postures. Thankfully I only rented this video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a "perfect" workout! April 28 2004
I am so glad I ordered this DVD! I think Jennifer Kries gives great instruction, and unlike some new pilates videos out there being marketed by any fitness guru, Jennifer Kries makes certain that you understand proper breathing and "navel to spine". She also gives little reminders about form, that I found helpful.
The core segment is classic pilates exercises with some yoga poses thrown in. Jennifer gives great instruction, and actually tells you when you *should* be feeling the work in the abdominals (and she was right!), she takes time to stretch between more difficult exercises, and shows ways to modify harder exercises.
The booster segment is tricky the first time- and yet I still managed to do it. Although the movements are fast- they are graceful, and the cueing is excellant. This segment is alot like Jody Hoegstedt's "balletone" if you have it- only with weights. I definitely got my heart rate up, and felt like I had a good inner thigh workout.
The last segment is titled "rejuvenation" and it is a relaxing yoga series. I sometimes skip the booster if I have already done cardio that day, but I *never* skip the final session. It is lovely, and I enjoy seeing how flexible Jennifer is, it gives me something to aspire to.
Some have said this is advanced... This was my second pilates tape (I also have Denise Austins "Pilates for Every Body- different than this, but loved it, too) and because I am fairly flexible from yoga practises, I did not feel like this was too difficult. I felt challanged, and got a great workout, but did not feel overworked or strained. I felt lifted and relaxed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates Goddess Challenge Jan. 8 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Jennifer Kries is definitely the Pilates goddess of the workout video/DVD world. Not only does she create challenging Pilates workouts, she gives perfect instruction and teaches you to respect your body in a new way. This is her New Method style workout. It is a combination of Pilates, Weight Training, Dance and Yoga.
Workout 1 - Core Conditioning - Classic Pilates routine and Yoga moves. You will recognize all the basic Pilates moves with the roll-ups and modified roll-ups. Jennifer gives a lot of advice on modifying, but I just have to say that I have my own secret ways for getting from the flat-on-back position to the bending over one's legs position. I'm not sure she would approve. While Jennifer shows each position, she gives even more "breathing" instructions. I love "rolling like a ball" and the challenge of making each exercise so precise.
Workout 2 - Metabolic Booster - Light weight training segment to increase cardiovascular strength. I love this almost "dance-style" workout. Jennifer is working out with four workout partners/instructors. The music is motivational, the colors are inspirational and the setting is so classic. You flow through the stretches like a dancer and then learn to get fancy with the weights. You are moving fairly fast so it is advisable to really learn the moves before increasing your speed. I found that once I was distracted by anything, I had to refocus, rewind and begin again. This is the most challenging weight workout I've ever done. Not only does this push you to the limit of your coordination, you are also moving in a very creative way. I love this section because it will be one I will be perfecting for months.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great workout. Oct. 7 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I am not in the best of shape, but I am also what I would consider an beginning to intermediate Pilates student, and I found this workout rather challenging. This is the first time I have done the DVD.
The first section was not so bad, it got my heart rate going a little and my muscles nice and warm, but the Metabolic Booster section was a KILLER for me. I sweated and panted like crazy, and I feel incredibly winded after doing the 2 sessions back to back - so winded I am saving session 3 for tomorrow morning.
The metabolic section is SO confusing and fast-moving, like a dance class, that it might take a few times to get it perfect. I found myself wondering when it would end, and that 20 minutes felt like an ETERNITY. But I will continue to do it, hopefully the reason it felt like hell is because it is a good workout, and that is what I need. Sure got me sweating!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average-good moves but lacks excitement
This DVD is broken up into three 20-minute segments and I must admit I usually skip over the second "metabolic booster" part because it's just cheesy. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Doesn't run well on computers
Just as a supplementary note to all of the other reviews - the DVD version stutters and ultimately freezes on both my desktop (Win 98) and laptop (XP) while both computers have no... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Why hasn't anyone mentioned the terrible video quality?
Yes, this workout is pretty good. The yoga and pilates segments are interesting and different, and they really feel effective. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by "yunakitty"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good video
The first time I did this tape, I did not like it at all, and I did not like Jennifer Kries. I made myself do it again, and for whatever reason, it has now become one of my... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by adele
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential, but...
I tried this Pilates DVD, going on a suggestion from a friend that Pilates was the way to go. It focuses a lot on isometric exercises (which I love... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by Michelle Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD not working well
The only reason why I gave it a low rating is that the DVD doesn't work well. It plays in my DVD fine, but when I play it on my laptop, there's no sound. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Tbone Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Pilates no, the rest yes
As an instructor, Jennifer has a lot of knowledge but a reserved on screen personality. The Pilates section wasn't inspired, and had several variations on the complete roll up that... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but difficult
This dvd gives a good workout, but it might be a bit difficult for the beginner. I wasn't able to do a lot of the roll up movements in the first part of the dvd ('core... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't like
This DVD started out and is too fast for a beginner like me. The instructor doesn't even look like she is in shape!
Published on Oct. 20 2002 by diane
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