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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.
"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.
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 21 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