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Pilates Beginners Mat Workout [Import]


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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Koch International Inc.
  • Release Date: Sept. 11 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M1XE

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Product Description

Pilates is a full-body conditioning exercise program that uses a series of machines and exercises. It works the entire body, both the right and left sides, in unison. It focuses primarily on what Joseph Pilates called the "powerhouse," the group of muscles that begins two inches above and below your navel, then wraps completely around your front and back--kind of like a corset. It also includes your buttocks.

The DVD features the Pilates Beginning Mat Workout, plus a bonus workout and interview with instructor Ana Caban.

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"Remember what Joseph Pilates said," instructor Ana Caban says. "'You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.'" Pilates has become very popular and for good reason. By working the core muscles (the abdominal and back muscles in the center of your body) you improve strength and posture and develop a lean, long line.

Certified Pilates instructor Ana Caban is a splendid teacher. First she demonstrates alignment and technique for 10 minutes, explaining the cue words you will hear and how to do the basics, emphasizing how to use the core muscles to strengthen the abdominals and back throughout the workout. Then she introduces a challenging 20-minute series of Pilates moves, instructing clearly, demonstrating beautifully, and continuing to advise you about technique, breathing, and form.

Even though this is a beginning Pilates workout, Pilates is never easy, so these moves will feel extremely difficult if you're new to this kind of exercise. For example, you learn to hold your abs tight whatever move you're doing, and you move only the muscles you're working at the moment, using your stabilizing muscles to hold the rest of the body still (much harder than it sounds!). Another participant demonstrates modifications throughout in case Caban's moves are too difficult or your muscles fatigue. If you've been wanting to explore Pilates and you're willing to put in the effort and concentration, this video gets our top rating. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Marie MacDonald on April 10 2005
Format: DVD
For the past 4 months, I have been doing the Pilates for Weight-loss (for Dummies series) which is great,but I decided that I wanted to explore Pilates from the ground up. I picked the Giaam series over the Stott because the instructors used in the Stott ones put me to sleep (they do seem very knowledgeable, however, I need someone to help get me moving at 5:00 in the morning!) Ana Caban is an outstanding, intelligent teacher who not only is great to listen to, but also great to watch. I liked this video because it helps you to start developing the balance and core strength you will need for intermediate moves (like the Giaam Intermediate Mat Workout).
I'm not completely new to fitness - I do other activites, like weights, aerobics, and cardio, but I use this video currently for my less demanding days along with an ab stability ball workout. After a few more weeks (about 2 months in total) I will feel ready to be challenged by the Intermediate, but until then, this will definately help me build the balance and stance skills I need to go further into the pilates program.
I recommend this video to anyone new to pilates. This is the video to start with! I should also say that it took me a long time to take up Pilates because I deemed it ....flakey (there, I said it). I was wrong. I am 5'0 tall, and Pilates difinately changes your body type into a sleek, long dancer like frame (yes, even at my height). To optimize its effectiveness, you should do it 3 times a week, and then do cardio 3 times a week (like Taebo, running or walking) to burn off your body fat. Good luck everyone! lisamariedobbin@eastlink.ca
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 17 2005
Format: DVD
Ana Caban is a great pilates instructor. Her instruction is easy to follow, and the moves can be modified for beginner to intermediate stages. Simple set designs, fairly mellow tone (with some cheezy guitar music that can easily be ignored).
PROBLEM: the production quality for both the video and dvd are really inconsistent. My copy of the intermediate workout has the picture screen changing colors (green to blue to red to yellow) which is really IRRITATING. Some of the editing can be a little sharper on the beginners video. My dvd has picture problems as well. Some friends who also have this version complain of the same things, while some have ok copies. GAIAM needs to address these issues BEFORE releasing their product on the market. Don't buy until they fix it, you might have trouble returning them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I had given up on Pilates, based on trying other tapes even though I have a background in ballet(from 30 years ago). But this instructor somehow got me doing the Teaser and other things I never dreamed I could.
It is hard at first, I was breathing hard, and hot but afterwards felt wonderful and energized. In fact don't do this too soon before bed or you'll be too zippy to sleep.
I'm now using the Intermediate tape and again doing stuff I never dreamed of.
A great program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I got this video a while ago but like many other fitness fads, it initially found itself in my closet unused. I've become a lot more committed to fitness recently so I bought the windsor videos, which I liked okay enough to do every couple of days. After reading reviews on amazon, I remembered that I had this video and I pulled it out to do it. let me just say that ANA ROCKS!!! She has a few cheesy moments in the intro section. ALthough to her credit, I didn't find her anywhere near as annoying as other videos. Once the workout began, I quickly forgave her for any overly cheesy momements in her intro. She does an excellent job of being really clear to a beginner, such as myself. Way better than windsor. I actually have a better idea of where to put my focus during each exercise. I found her modifications helpful. Although there was one time that I used a modification that I remembered from windsor. I like the fact that at all times. one person is doing a modified version of the excercise that she does. My one small complaint is that there are moments that I wish the camara would do a better focus on the chick doing the modified exercises before going back to ana. I am now working out almost everyday with her and I look forward to it. That has never happened to me. My recommendation is, GET THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER TO PILATES AND ARE LOOKING FOR A MOTIVATING BUT NOT OVERLY PERKY, NO NONSENSE AND EFFECTIVE PILATES INTRODUCTION. I am looking forward to trying Ana's other videos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4 2003
Format: DVD
I've been doing Pilates for 5 months now and I love Anna's videos! The beginner mat workout is perfect for anyone who hasn't worked out before. I started doing them to get rid of a little belly chub I had left after having my daughter. Within two months I'd already lost over 5 lbs and I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight, a happy 111 lbs! I was absolutely floored at how easy and fast it was to loose the weight and get my body back into shape especially after having a baby. Something I'd been warned was almost impossible to do.
I've since moved onto the Intermediate workout and I agree with the poster who said this one is a lot harder. Be warned! Make sure you can do EVERY stretch before moving on. I made the mistake of moving onto the intermediate workout before I'd mastered the open leg rocker and teaser. I kind of thought I would be doing different stretches than the ones in the beginner workout. Wrong! Not knowing how to do those specific stretches made the 2nd video a lot harder than it should have been. 3 months after starting it I'm finally getting to the point where I can do the stretches without to much difficulty. I'm giving myself another few months before moving onto the advanced workout just to be safe.
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