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Jennifer Kries' Pilates Method: Perfect Mix
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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
This is a terrible video. I enjoy exercise videos but this is one of the worst. The instructor doesn't stop talking. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by A. Vegan
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Lesley Kay
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 morePublished on Aug. 13 2003
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by adele
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Michelle Lee
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Tbone Jenkins
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2002