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Tai-chi Exercises for Seniors [Import]

Bob Klein , Bob Klein    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is in this video. May 11 2004
Format:DVD
Review by Producer. This video includes warm-up and flexibility exercises, Chi-Gung (to increase the flow of life energy), Tai-chi exercises and a fourteen movement Tai-chi Yang short form. Careful instructions are given with many camera angles for ease in learning. Many exercises are shown from a seated position as well. There are five separate sections of exercise and each can be done separately, if desired. The menu contains many chapters to bring you to each exercise within each section.
Tai-chi, chi-gung and the other exercises in this video are designed to strengthen the body and internal organs to keep the body functioning with full vitality throughout life.
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT deliver what it promises Jan. 30 2005
By D.B. Satzine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As a learning tool for beginners this video fails. The first 20 minutes are spent on the same kind of stretching and warm-ups you did in gym class or can read about for free anywhere. He then does 10 minutes of chigung warms ups, which are simply more slow stretching (and better presented in any book). Next theres a 10 minute demonstration moves from the short form, all seen from the front and not structured for the beginner. When he finally gets around to the form there's one runthru (front only, no replay) of about 6 minutes, and that it - 40 minutes of warmup for one demo. The production values are crummy, looks like the whole thing was shot on a home camcorder with poor focus. Having taught martial arts for years I can tell you that few beginners will get the moves from presentations like this. As a learning video for people of any age this video is poor, but putting "for seniors" in the title to hook novices or their caregivers is cheating. Save your money !
83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for seniors! July 5 2000
By Tabitha Cronin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful video for seniors. It has warm up, flexibility exercises, chi-gung energy exercises, T'ai-chi exercises, T'ai-chi form. There is so much here. And unlike some videos, the teacher speaks clearly, shows everything very clearly and even explains the importance of proper breathing and the principles behind T'ai-chi - how it improves your health. It would be wonderful if every senior used this video. A lot of the exercises are shown from a seated position so you don't even need to stand up. Get this video for a senior you know.
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful but... May 21 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I bought this video for my 82 year old mother-in-law who is quite active despite severe arthritis, but beginning to slow down rather alarmingly.
The short form is broken down into exercises that are easy to follow and quite relaxing, however if you are buying the tape for someone who is hard of hearing, I don't recommend it unless you plan to exercise with them and they are comfortable in admitting that they cannot make out many of the verbal instructions, all of which are quite important to doing the exercises correctly. Though she has top of the line hearing aids, the nature of the sound track makes it difficult to distinquish many of the instructions over the background music and white noise.
Other than that, I highly recommend the tape. Though the exercises appear to be easy to a 45 year old such as myself, they seem to be at just the right level to challenge an elder without wearing him or her out. Though I feel refreshed after completing the exercises, she is tired, but still up for a walk. Another feature that I truly appreciated was the total lack of condescension expressed by the instructor toward those who may have trouble doing some of the exercises as he suggests easier alternatives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Jan. 24 2001
By John Shore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This would be a great present for any senior. The exercises are easy to do, they are presented clearly with lots of helpful health tips and there are a great variety of exercises. This will keep seniors loose, flexible and strong. (I am not a senior but tried the exercises. I think they are great for anyone). It's a shame the way many seniors degenerate so quickly. If they practiced exercises like these, they could stay active throughout their lives. And as I said, it wouldn't hurt for us youngins to stay flexible.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Seniors May 26 2000
By David Weis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this video in a friend's house. He used to not get out much and this video got him moving and now he does gardening and takes walks, which is unusual for him. He insisted that I take a look at the video. It gives flexibility and warm-up exercises, chi-gung, T'ai-chi movements as exercise and it shows a simple Yang style form from two angles. This is enough for most seniors. It is the perfect introduction to how to keep your body in great shape at any age. Many of the exercises are also shown seated. I think this video could really help a lot of people.
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