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The DVD features the Pilates Beginning Mat Workout, plus a bonus workout and interview with instructor Ana Caban.
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.
Love Ana's pilates workouts. Has modified for very beginner. Only wish the workout was a bit longer. (25 min) Does have a bonus mat workout which I have yet to try...(12 min).Published 16 months ago by Sarah Dover
I had this workout on VHS but could not use it on my new tv. I looked everywhere for it on dvd but finally found it here! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!Published on Feb. 10 2013 by Jan Mindlin
I bought this as a first-timer, and found her very easy to follow along to. She has one of her students doing the exercises with her, tailored to beginners or less-flexible people,... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2013 by Kate
I bought this dvd because I wanted to add some variety to my workouts. The description says that this is instructed by Ana Caban and included an Energy Boost program. Read morePublished on July 14 2012 by SRT
There are 2 skill levels presented simultaniously, so you don't have to be able to balance on your tailbone with your feet in the air RIGHT AWAY. Read morePublished on March 31 2007 by Amazonaholic
This is a "Must have" item. I tried so many different Pilates DVDs. This one was pretty good.Published on Aug. 19 2004
Product is faulty and jolts in my dvd. A complete waste of money as I will not sell to someone knowing it's faulty, unlike this seller.Published on July 12 2004 by Mrs Lisa Owens