JENNIFER KRIES PILATES METHOD PERFECT MI
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Jennifer Kries' Pilates Method: Perfect Mix
If you are tired of the canned enthusiasm, confusing routines, and sometimes dangerous directives of the latest wave of fat-blasting, kung-fu-fighting, contortionist fitness trends, introduce yourself to Jennifer Kries, the most refreshing instructor to hit home televisions in the past decade. Kries has developed an impressive array of videos and DVDs devoted to what she calls "three-dimensional toning," focusing on "improving the body's efficiency and functionality rather than just changing its appearance."
Perfect Mix is split into three 20-minute segments, each emphasizing a different fitness goal but sharing the same movements and methods. The first segment, "Core Contouring," uses traditional yoga and Pilates moves to focus on improving total body strength. The next section, "Metabolic Booster," is a cardio boost, using light weight training to burn calories while working different muscles groups throughout the entire body. Finally the yoga-based "Rejuvenation" segment brings down the heart rate and promotes flexibility and mindfulness.
Kries is a patient and surprisingly empathetic instructor--she is hyperaware of her own freakish flexibility, and constantly reminds viewers to "listen to your body and never move to the point of pain." Because she is so focused on breathing and precision of movement, the best thing about the DVD is the ability to use slow-motion controls to really improve your form (this is a no-frills DVD, with a music-only option, which is peculiar; the point is not to stare at a TV screen, and the teacher's vocal guidance is usually an essential part of that process). Kries moves through the routines rather quickly, only doing a few repetitions of each exercise, and while this prevents boredom it also makes it easy to skimp on the moves and not give the full attention needed to really feel the workout. When done correctly this is the perfect class to follow a long hard day at work--it is both energizing and invigorating without being physically and mentally exhausting. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The core segment is classic pilates exercises with some yoga poses thrown in. Jennifer gives great instruction, and actually tells you when you *should* be feeling the work in the abdominals (and she was right!), she takes time to stretch between more difficult exercises, and shows ways to modify harder exercises.
The booster segment is tricky the first time- and yet I still managed to do it. Although the movements are fast- they are graceful, and the cueing is excellant. This segment is alot like Jody Hoegstedt's "balletone" if you have it- only with weights. I definitely got my heart rate up, and felt like I had a good inner thigh workout.
The last segment is titled "rejuvenation" and it is a relaxing yoga series. I sometimes skip the booster if I have already done cardio that day, but I *never* skip the final session. It is lovely, and I enjoy seeing how flexible Jennifer is, it gives me something to aspire to.
Some have said this is advanced... This was my second pilates tape (I also have Denise Austins "Pilates for Every Body- different than this, but loved it, too) and because I am fairly flexible from yoga practises, I did not feel like this was too difficult. I felt challanged, and got a great workout, but did not feel overworked or strained. I felt lifted and relaxed!
Workout 1 - Core Conditioning - Classic Pilates routine and Yoga moves. You will recognize all the basic Pilates moves with the roll-ups and modified roll-ups. Jennifer gives a lot of advice on modifying, but I just have to say that I have my own secret ways for getting from the flat-on-back position to the bending over one's legs position. I'm not sure she would approve. While Jennifer shows each position, she gives even more "breathing" instructions. I love "rolling like a ball" and the challenge of making each exercise so precise.
Workout 2 - Metabolic Booster - Light weight training segment to increase cardiovascular strength. I love this almost "dance-style" workout. Jennifer is working out with four workout partners/instructors. The music is motivational, the colors are inspirational and the setting is so classic. You flow through the stretches like a dancer and then learn to get fancy with the weights. You are moving fairly fast so it is advisable to really learn the moves before increasing your speed. I found that once I was distracted by anything, I had to refocus, rewind and begin again. This is the most challenging weight workout I've ever done. Not only does this push you to the limit of your coordination, you are also moving in a very creative way. I love this section because it will be one I will be perfecting for months.Read more ›
One other thing is the quality of the video is really poor, it seems very low-budget which isn't all that important but makes me feel like I paid too much for it. Being my first pilates DVD it taught me some basics and gets the job done, but it's not my favorite! Currently searching for a new and better one...
But it's not just that. She spends a lot of time sitting and talking about the moves you are going to do. This is great - the first couple times you do it. After that, you are ready to just get to the workout and not have to sit and listen again. It's not really convenient to FF, you always go too far and have to back up.
So, although this isn't the worst workout I've ever done (it's actually a pretty decent sequence) technical problems and slow pace hamper this DVD down. If someone already has it, go ahead and do it a time or two. You'll like it. Just don't waste your money on it, because you won't do it enough to get the value out of it.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a terrible video. I enjoy exercise videos but this is one of the worst. The instructor doesn't stop talking. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by A. Vegan
I am not in the best of shape, but I am also what I would consider an beginning to intermediate Pilates student, and I found this workout rather challenging. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Lesley Kay
Just as a supplementary note to all of the other reviews - the DVD version stutters and ultimately freezes on both my desktop (Win 98) and laptop (XP) while both computers have no... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003
The first time I did this tape, I did not like it at all, and I did not like Jennifer Kries. I made myself do it again, and for whatever reason, it has now become one of my... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by adele
I tried this Pilates DVD, going on a suggestion from a friend that Pilates was the way to go. It focuses a lot on isometric exercises (which I love... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Michelle Lee
The only reason why I gave it a low rating is that the DVD doesn't work well. It plays in my DVD fine, but when I play it on my laptop, there's no sound. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Tbone Jenkins
As an instructor, Jennifer has a lot of knowledge but a reserved on screen personality. The Pilates section wasn't inspired, and had several variations on the complete roll up that... Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003
This dvd gives a good workout, but it might be a bit difficult for the beginner. I wasn't able to do a lot of the roll up movements in the first part of the dvd ('core... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2002