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Whether you're recovering from back surgery or looking for a decent full-body workout, Pilates has something to offer--and this practical kit from well-known guru Brooke Siler pulls a complicated system together with finesse. Emphasizing equal stretching and strengthening of the muscles (especially those throughout the torso, referred to as "the powerhouse"), Pilates mat work is conveniently portable thanks to its total lack of fancy equipment. Combining a video with Pilates is asking for poor muscular alignment and a lot of mental distraction, so while the kit's components may seem a little old-fashioned, they're both effective and appropriate. Two CDs and 70 illustrated flash cards work together to supply visual and oral cues for each exercise; a simple book and exercise journal complete the package. With a portable player, you'll have private instruction in public gyms or hotels without expensive classes or tight schedules. The first disk provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals and progresses up the ladder. Many postures are possible for everyone, regardless of fitness level, and it's also a good backup for advanced students if an accident or illness forces you to start again from scratch. The second disk takes you through the intermediate exercises, some of which may be difficult (or impossible) at first but remain inspiring--Siler's gentle authority and creative metaphors make it easy to visualize a day when we'll all be as lean, strong and flexible as she is. --Jill Lightner
[Brooke Siler is] one of the top personal trainers in the country."--VogueSee all Product Description
I really enjoyed this. I started as a beginner after my daughter was born. It really helped developing muscle that I had lost during my pregnancy. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2007 by Nanabean
I fully expected to love this product. I have been practicing pilates for a number of years, but wanted something to motivate me to work out at home on my own time. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
As a Pilates student for the past two years, I find this kit really helpful. I take both mat and apparatus classes and the flash cards are really helpful for me when I'm... Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Toni Thomas
I am following Brooke Silers Intermediate Level workout on CD and pleased to say I am BACK IN MY JEANS and looking fabulous again! Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Beverly
I highly recommend this book. I am not a dancer by any stretch of the imagination, unless if you consider being able to trip over your own shoes an art form. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by birkmurphy stout
I like the fact that I can exercise without waking anyone up--I do this cd with earphones. I also like that there are separate tracks for the learning sessions, and the actual... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004
I learned Pilates from tapes and DVDs by other instructors, but now I prefer using this CD for my every day workouts. I like the efficient pace of the workout tracks. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by D. Booth
All I can say is...I want more! I would like to ask if there are (or will be in the future) any additional CD's for intermediate and/or advanced mat workouts. Read morePublished on July 31 2003
I bought Pilates Body a couple of years ago and dug it out recently. It was fantastic for what it was, but it was a little difficult to drag it to the gym and hold my pages while I... Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by surrena g