The Pilates Body Kit: An Interactive Fitness Program to Strengthen, Streamline, and Tone Audio CD – Apr 5 2003
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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
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I love listening to Brooke's calm voice as she walks me through each and every moment. The flash cards really help me visualize how my body should be positioned and serve as a realistic reminder.
Bad posture and a not so flat stomach have always been a problem and I can see a dramatic difference since I've started the Pilates program.
Although I know Brooke has trained celebrities, that doesn't interest me as much as the results I get from the easy to follow instructions, workbook and flash cards. I feel confident that as I grow in skill, I can continue to use the audio CD to push me to the next level.
I have already purchased several kits for my friends as this is the best workout I've done at home in a while. I highly recommend this for anyone who is serious about giving Pilates a try and as a result, changing their body.
This kit is a great follow-up or add-on to her book. Her instructions for each of the sections are very clear, and the cards that she provides for each movement give just the right amount of information about what you should be thinking about for each exercise.
I enjoy the CD format of the workout. The format makes it very easy to skip over to the section that you want to work on that day without having to skip around as you would in a video. Much has been made about why Siler would come out with an audio version and not a video or DVD. Having read interviews that she's given, I know that there are plans to come out with a video. Frankly, I suspect that she wanted to expand her market cautiously by coming out with an audio version first, which, I believe, would be somewhat less expensive to produce than a video.
Also, while some may disagree, I feel that a more advanced Pilates mat workout really requires a visual component. I would be very nervous about a product that instructed, say, the JackKnife without giving an idea of how it should look. While that could be gotten across to some extent on flash cards, I think it would be very helpful to see the more advanced movements in motion to give the viewer an idea of the speed and care necessary to use when performing them.Read more ›
I recently gave the Kit to my mum as a gift, she focuses more on the modifications (and is yet to accomplish a full modified beginner mat) because of her fitness/injury level, but she gets so excited as she becomes stronger and is able to do more and more. She doesn't care how much she can do, but delights in doing what she can, and the energy and sense of strength it gives her.
Thanks for the greater level of independence this has given us!
Most recent customer reviews
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