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Classical Pilates Technique: The Complete Universal Reformer Series + Archival English & Spanish (2 DVD Set: Introductory Basic; Basic; Intermediate; Advanced; Super Advanced; Archival) (2003)

Peter Fiasca , Peter Fiasca  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Fiasca
  • Directors: Peter Fiasca
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classical Pilates, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011RHOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

BOB LIEKENS, Artistic Director & Master Instructor, is from Belgium. In 1983, he traveled to NYC to further explore his dance career and started Pilates training at the original studio. He initially pursued studies at the Graham Center for Contemporary Dance; he became one of the first certified teachers in the technique in 1991 and taught at the school for two years. Romana Kryzanowska invited him to teach the Pilates method in 1986, and he has been teaching under her inspiration ever since. He was instrumental in building her Teacher Trainer Certification Program, co-created the Training Manual, and originated the current exam system. Bob is internationally recognized as one of the most renowned leaders of our profession, and conducts instructor training seminars, as well as continuing education programs. In the fall of 2000, he joined the team of the Power Pilates Studio in NYC.

ALYCEA UNGARO, Commentator, is a licensed physical therapist, as well as founder and director of Real Pilates @ 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. She became a certified Pilates instructor under the tutelage of 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). She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Product Description

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. The virtue of this DVD is that it demonstrates the full-range of workout levels, far beyond intermediate, and even beyond the advanced level. The Reformer super advanced workout shown here is one for the history books; it is totally inspiring.

Winner of the COMMUNICATOR AWARDS- 2003 AWARD OF DISTINCTION
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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're New or Experienced..... October 12, 2005
I started taking lessons at a good Pilates studio not too long ago. The teachers suggested this 2-DVD set because it showed how to exercise on the "Universal Reformer" that Joseph Pilates made. It blew me away! Wow! If you are into Pilates you will not believe how extensive and (okay I'll say it: wild!) the exercises really are. If you're beginning Pilates there is a modified basic routine that's very instructive. Then these people show a full basic routine. Then intermediate. Then advanced. Then beyond advanced and many historical exercises. This video helped me see and feel how to practice Pilates. My lessons are better and my teachers are happier I'm making faster progress. If you have not tried Pilates, get this video and find a teacher right away!
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For All Students & Teachers July 9, 2004
By Christa
I've studied the Pilates method for a few years, and became certified through the Stott training program. After going to a couple of Pilates conventions, where people from different schools attend, someone suggested that I buy this Classical Pilates video. I had heard of the classical style or classical approach, but I didn't know much about it. Stott Pilates is good, but we learn different exercises and different movement speeds compared to this video.
This Reformer video opened my eyes, and my mind, about the classical approach to Pilates. The exercises are precise and they flow energetically from one to another without interruption. The practitioners execute their routines with wonderful movement qualities. After seeing this video, I wanted to learn more. So I decided to study with someone who trained in this tradition. The experience has been great!
I'm thankful that I found this video. It has enlightened me about the Pilates method, and I use the master teacher's verbal cues to improve my workouts.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Range of Workouts September 23, 2005
By Man Ray
There are only a few Reformer videos available. I've seen the Stott video and I prefer this video because it shows basic, intermediate, advanced, super advanced and archival levels. I appreciate this video is 3 hours long. In this video you have your own encyclopedia of traditional workouts the way Joseph Pilates made them. This is strict East Coast Pilates. And this is the only real method. There are people think it's too fast. I say, NO WAY! I enjoy the energy really moving, instead of just contemplating your way through a workout. You can't go wrong with this top notch video.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Beyond December 4, 2003
Classic Pilates sets the standard by which I see all other Pilates DVDs. As a certified instructor, I know that Joseph Pilates created a very clear and organized exercise system. He also wrote books that established a philosophy of health to give his exercise system even more substance.
I am a fan of Classical Pilates because their work shows ultimate respect for remaining true to Joseph Pilates' workouts and philosophy. I purchased this comprehensive 3 hour 2-DVD Reformer video from Classical Pilates (before it was available on Amazon) and it definitely goes beyond all expectations by expertly demonstrating workouts with beautiful strength and articulation. Classical Pilates brings it all together with some of the best Pilates professionals in the business today.
There are two distinct basic Reformer workouts on this video, which is very instructive, because they show how you can start the method differently from the very beginning. These two basic Reformer workouts also show how different types of skills can be accomplished with the same exercises. Then on to intermediate level, advanced level, and even super advanced level. There is also a phenomenal exposition of archival exercises that I have never seen.
The camera work is wonderful in this Reformer video. You really feel the movement of the demonstrators as you watch it. And it feels great!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Authentic Pilates June 3, 2004
If you are looking for authentic Pilates with seriously beautiful and skillful practitioners, as well as solid instruction, this DVD is for you.
I'm happy to have 'graduated' from using the small home "Performer" that I bought on QVC, to getting a full studio Reformer. I was so inspired by this DVD that I decided to take private lessons from a certified Pilates instructor. Using this piece of Pilates equipment literally changed my body and improved my strength.
Now I alternate between doing a Pilates mat workout 2-3 times each week, and practicing on the Reformer. This is a fabulous combination.
This is a 3 hour 2-DVD set. Although I will never, ever, get to advanced and super advanced routines, these are splendid to watch. Pilates, I see now, can go on forever!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard August 7, 2004
The more you understand Pilates, the more you understand it is a very, very challenging exercise method. As far as I'm concerned, this video shows Reformer equipment exercises better than any other video. This Universal Reformer Series demonstrates the most comprehensive and professional and attractive way of practicing Pilates.

I started out studying the Stott version of Pilates. When I saw this video, I discovered Pilates can be strong and beautiful. It's energizing too. Now I'm studying with a Pilates teacher who studied classical Pilates, and it is an excellent workout.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates Equipment Is Great May 8, 2004
By esther
This DVD shows exercise routines on the Pilates Reformer exercise machine. Although Pilates mat exercise routines are a great way to stay in shape, Joseph Pilates invented equipment that gives you his total philosophy of health. By using Pilates equipment WITH the mat floor exercises, your flexibility and strength increase in many ways.
Since I'm an instructor, I have searched the market for available videos on Joseph Pilates method. This equipment video is head and shoulders above the others. Honestly, I wish everyone would work out on Pilates equipment, in addition to the mat. I know, I know, Pilates can be expensive. But I feel that it's better to invest in your health and well-being than to pay for doctors and medication if you let your health deteriorate.
I recommend for everyone to "Get Pilates!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSICAL PILATES TECHNIQUE
YES, AWESOME INSTRUCTIVE DVD!!!! VERY INFORMATIONAL AND EASY TO FOLLOW FOR EVERYONE. GREAT PURCHASE FOR OUR FAMILY THOUROUGHLY ENJOYING IT..
Published 2 months ago by DEBORAH PAYNE
4.0 out of 5 stars Pilates technique for Reformer
The DVD provides proper form and offers many levels of detailed instruction. The instructions are easy to follow from basic through to advanced.
Published 5 months ago by Debi Gallant
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
This item was exactly as advertised. Good for most beginners as well as those that have put some time in.
Published 7 months ago by Ana M. Haynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Pilates Reformer
I have had a pilates reformer 4 about 20 years. I needed a cd instead of vhs. This is a great cd.
Published 7 months ago by GLENDA M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video
I am just someone trying to learn more about my Pilates Equipment - and learn more about being able to use it. This dvd is very informative. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Momof3
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money. Not as expected.
Not what I expected. Was looking to get new exercises for my pilates rebounder. Would not purchase again. I wasted my money on this one.
Published 8 months ago by Donna Smolder
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical Pilates Technique: The Complete Universal Reformer Series
This seems to be copied from a VCR tape rather than being a true "digital" copy. That means that one must fast-forward through intros, etc., when doing a work out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I got the DVD, on time, as promised. It's not a flashy Hollywood production number, but it is concise and easy to follow. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ray Robidoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, Comprehensive, and Beautifully Demonstrated
The purpose of this DVD set is to demonstrate the comprehensive array of exercises Joseph Pilates had developed for the reformer, and it does that superbly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought I was getting a book outlining pilates workouts.
More for the advanced pilates person.I am giving it to my Pilates instructor. Needs to have a book explaining the workouts included.
Published 13 months ago by patricia cutrell
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do you need a reformer to do the excercises at home?
Yes, you need a reformer machine. But if you don't have one, I would suggest the book "Pilates for Men" which has two parts: Mat Exercises and The Reformer on the Mat Exercises. For the reformer on the mat, you do not need a reformer as the title implies. The only problem is that the... Read More
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