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Classical Pilates Technique: The Complete Mat Workout Series

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Classical Pilates technique videos feature two of the most renowned Pilates professionals in the world, master instructor Bob Liekens and commentator Alycea Ungaro, who uphold the tradition and high ideals of Joseph Pilates original New York City Studio, which began during the 1920s. This DVD serves to preserve the original, classical method in the face of current challenges. Each exercise is performed flawlessly, in real-time, and in correct sequence. If you already have a foundation in the principles of this exercise method, then this is the DVD to buy to further your ability. It's not watered down, slowed down, or commercialized; it's just Pilates the way Joseph Pilates created it.While there's nothing flashy about this DVD, it is an invaluable tool (and the best) for those who are interested in more than the latest fad.

As a winner of this award Classical Pilates Inc. joins an exclusive list of video professionals who are recognized as the best within the industry.

About the Actor

BOB LIEKENS, Master Instructor, moved from his native Belgium in 1983 to NYC to further explore his dance career and begin his Pilates training at the original studio. He pursued studies at the Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, where he became one of the first certified instructors in the technique in 1991 and taught at the school for two years. In 1986, Romana Kryzanowska invited Bob to teach the Pilates method, and he has been teaching under her inspiration ever since. In 1993, he was instrumental in building her Teacher Trainer Certification Program, and he co-created the Training Manual and originated the current exam system. Bob is invited both nationally and internationally to conduct teacher training seminars, workshops and continuing education programs. In fall 2000, he joined the team of the Power Pilates Studio in NYC. Bob’s reputation for teaching the Pilates method with unique brilliance, clarity, inspiration and comprehensiveness is renowned among the most experienced professionals in the field.

ALYCEA UNGARO, Commentator, is a licensed physical therapist, as well as founder and director of the Pilates Center of New York - Tribeca Bodyworks, New York’s largest Pilates center. Alycea began studying Pilates at the age of 14 while attending New York City Ballet's prestigious School of American Ballet. After a decade of increasing proficiency in Pilates, she became certified by master instructor Romana Kryzanowska. In 1995 Alycea established Tribeca Bodyworks, a studio dedicated to teaching the classic techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. Here she has personally trained Madonna, Uma Thurman, Matthew Modine, and many others. Alycea is the author of two books, Portable Pilates (2000) and Pilates Body in Motion (2002).

PETER FIASCA, Director & Soloist, is from Southern California and began the Pilates method with Phoebe Higgins in NYC in 1988. He was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1998 and continues to study with Romana and Bob. Peter has demonstrated Pilates home exercise equipment on QVC since 1997, and has been an on-air guest co-host at QVC and Canada’s Home Shopping Channel. During 2000-01, he filmed Pilates videotapes with Romana, which are sold on QVC and around the world. Peter’s reputation for teaching Joseph Pilates’ truly ‘classical’ technique has attracted many clients and other certified instructors to continue their training with him in NYC and at his studio near Philadelphia, PA. As a licensed Ph.D. psychologist, Peter is a true believer in physical and mental fitness for everyone.

JUNGHEE KALLANDER, Soloist, is an award-winning professional dancer and has performed extensively in her native Korea and the U.S. She performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and as the lead dancer at the largest theme park in Korea. After graduating from Kyunghee University in Seoul with a B.A. degree in dance education, she moved to the U.S. and earned a M.A. degree in Dance & Dance Education from New York University. Junghee was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1999.

JAMIE TROUT, Soloist, was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in her native Atlanta, GA in 1999, and has taught Pilates in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and New York and currently teaches in Key Biscayne, FL. A graduate of North Carolina School for the Arts, she began her professional Ballet career with Ballet Austin in Texas. Jamie has danced in England, Hungary, Hawaii, North & South Carolina, and in Georgia with Dwende and the Atlanta Ballet.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Fiasca
  • Directors: Peter Fiasca
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Classical Pilates, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069YWP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am currently an apprentice in training to become a certified Pilates instructor. I agree with some reviewers who think this DVD is fast. But too fast? Hardly. Joseph Pilates had a clear vision of how the body should move, and this DVD documents his clear vision with the proper exercises, tempos, and transitions. This DVD moreover has a pre-basic sequence that is slow and steady in order to safely prepare viewers for getting a good workout in the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.
As an apprentice, I wonder why so many other videos change Joseph Pilates' method. Specifically, why do so many videos slow the exercises down to a point where people lose the necessary mental concentration and physical energy required to achieve a good workout? I of course agree that providing basic instruction is important. Yet when videos change Joseph Pilates' method through overmodification of exercises, creation of new exercises, and alteration of rhythms, I feel strongly that these videos misrepresent the method.
Other Pilates videos have something to offer, yet they neglect to demonstrate the energy, rhythm, and exciting dynamics that Classical Pilates faithfully depicts.
Some reviewers have said, too, that the master instructor on this DVD does not count repititions of exercises. First, the number of repititions for each exercise are on screen. Second, we know from history books, newspaper articles, old film footage of Joseph Pilates teaching students, and speaking to people who actually studied with Joseph Pilates, it is clear that he did not count every repitition. He focused upon the articulation of movement, the individual's strengths and weaknesses, and the overall flow of his student's workout.
If you want to see Joseph Pilates' clear vision of his complete mat workout series, and if you want to really learn his original method, get this DVD.
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I have been doing Pilates for a month now. I had to set this DVD aside for 3 weeks before I could try this workout. It is FAST! On my other tapes there is a lot of instruction and the exercises are performed slowly.
On this one the BASIC workout has 10 exercises and is 7 minutes long. The instruction is given, as the moves are being performed, not before. It is great, but it will take you time to really know the exercises through and through before you are able to follow along.
The Intermediate workout has 15 xercises and is 12 minutes long. On my other DVD's, 15 xercises amounts to at least 45 minutes. I do agree with this DVD, but like I said it will take you time to really know the exercises before you can follow along at this fast pace- A pace like in no other Pilates tape I know of. The exercises themselves are classic Pilates and are done very well and gracefully.
The advanced workout has 25 exercises and is 20 minutes long. This one is good and the man doing the exercises actually sweats a lot, something I have yet to see in any other Pilates film. This is a really challenging workout!
The quality of this DVD is outstanding. You are sure to get a classic Piliates workout of the highest caliper. I do wish there was a one minute pause between exercises so you have time to get out of one exercise and into the next one. It will take you a lot of practice before you can follow along with the people in this workout, but the rewards will be superior to the other tapes. I find it really nice to have so many workouts one one DVD. An amazing value for such quality. I suggest you buy Brooke Silar's book The Pilates Body as well. This book has all the exercies of this DVD, but it also explains them in fine detail that is missing in this DVD.
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I read the rave reviews for this Classical Pilates DVD, and I have to say that it wasn't EXACTLY what I was expecting. After doing a few of The Method programs (kind of a fusion of yoga and Pilates), I thought I was pretty ready to face the music and try the pure form of Joseph Pilates' technique. But, whoa....this DVD is pretty intense!
The program is broken up into 5 sections, ranging from modified basic to super advanced. I began with the basic workout, and unlike Method tapes, the pace is VERY fast. Each workout lists the number of reps you will be doing of each exercise in the top corner of the screen, as you follow the model performing them in real time. The reps are done before you know it, and you're on to the next exercise. For those time-conscious exercisers who are familiar with the traditional Pilates exercises, this will probably work for you. The entire basic workout felt like it took all of 15 minutes. However, if you want more explanation of things and smoother transitions between exercises, try Method programs like Pilates: Beginning Mat Workout or Pilates for Dummies.
Skimming to the Super Advanced just to see what I could potentially be in for, I watched some pretty intense moves. The DVD recommends these exercises as supplements if you want to increase the intensity of your Pilates workout, but these are not for the faint of heart! Just TRY lying on your back, throwing your legs over your head, and somehow end up standing up perfectly balanced on one leg. Definitely something not presented in intro Pilates programs!
All in all, this DVD is true to form: the classical Pilates program is presented by professionals who know are very experienced in the traditional technique.
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