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Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners (2008)

Brooke Siler , Andrea Ambandos  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brooke Siler
  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AYWY6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Pilates can transform your body in a way no gym equipment can match. Filmed on a breathtaking location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this dynamic beginner's workout is designed to maximize calorie burn while teaching you the basics of Pilates. With a combination of Pilates-conscious cardio and mat Pilates, this sequence uses the principles of control, concentration, precision, center, breath, and fluidity to help you sculpt a new shape. The gentle, low impact exercises will strengthen and tone your whole body to develop a slimmer, leaner bodyline

About the Actor

Brooke Siler is a second generation Pilates teacher, trained directly under Joseph Pilates own protégée for
12 years. She is the celebrated author of the New York Times best-selling series of books The Pilates Body and Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge. As owner of re: AB® Pilates Studio in New York City and founder of the re: AB Pilates Teacher Certification program, Brooke has trained countless celebrity clients including Kirsten Dunst, Lauren Hutton,and Madonna.

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334 of 341 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pilates workout for me! September 16, 2008
I'm a mother of 4, and this Pilates Weight Loss DVD is the perfect workout to do at home. It's really helping me tone my saggy "muffin-top" waist area, while giving me the total stretching and strengthening I need. The visual demonstrations are very clear, and the detailed verbal instructions give me all the coaching I need to work on improving my pilates technique. This DVD is excellent as it's so easy to follow and has plenty of variation to keep me working out for months to come! It's amazing how these Pilates techniques, that make me feel so good by stretching my whole body, can really create a great cardio burn too.
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230 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pilates weight loss for beginners October 19, 2008
I'm a fitness instructor who reviews numerous DVDs. I heartily recommend Brooke Silver's Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners to anyone looking for a cardio and mat workout that can create a slimmer, stronger and leaner bodyline. If Brooke's body is an example of what Pilates can do for you -especially after 2 babies -- then everyone should try her beginner Pilates dvd routines. I particularly love the way Brooke instructs you --she has an extraordinarly clear way of articulating the mechanics of each required movement and what you should be feeling in your own body as you go through each movement. This is fitness instruction at its superb best.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me love Pilates April 24, 2011
By lola
I've tried a few Pilates DVD's over the years, and just could never get into it. I'm such a fan of some of the other DVD's from Element though that I decided to give this a try. I am very glad I did because I've found that with the right instructor I really like Pilates.

This DVD is broken up into 2 parts: "pilates concious cardio" (20min), and "pilates prep & mat work" (30min). It should be noted that the "cardio" section is not really cardio. Though your heart rate will elevate somewhat it's not to a level that I would call "cardio". Despite that I love the exercises involved in this section, which range from very easy to very physically demanding (especially the last 5 minutes or so). The mat work section focuses mostly on your abdominal muscles, but there's also some leg/hip exercises. Again, it ranges from easy to physically demanding.

As an instructor Brooke Siler is excellent. No faux encouragement, and she uses imagery to help you perfect your form, which I found extremely helpful. Though this is supposed to be a "weight loss" workout I don't think Brooke even mentions that; at any rate she doesn't harp on about it, which is quite nice. You also will not need any special equipment, and only enough space in which to stretch out completely.

The reasons I love this DVD is because it uses controlled motion to build strength, which is excellent for me because I'm a total klutz. It's not glacially slow like some beginners Pilates DVD's are, but you are never left trying to frantically keep pace either. Secondly it pairs strengthening exercises with stretching, and even though I'm usually sweaty at the end of this workout I always feel great because of that combination.
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179 of 212 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT for beginners! September 23, 2009
By k-Style
I bought this DVD looking for a good introduction to Pilates. I dance, walk, and do yoga, so I am somewhat fit, but I am new to Pilates.

The first half of this video, Pilates-inspired cardio, is a nice 18-minute routine. It's a little too short, but it does increase the heart rate while toning and lengthening muscles. It was an accessible, enjoyable workout.

Most of the DVD is a "beginner" Pilates workout. I was clearly going to end up frustrated and/or injured, so I stopped. When I told a friend who is a Pilates instructor about the exercises, she agreed that they are not moves for Pilates beginners. She mentioned that some of the exercises, particularly the Scissor, could cause low back injury.

Proceed with caution.
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161 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVED it! September 30, 2008
I've been a fan of Brooke's for years -- I've done numerous Pilates dvds and have only been able to do Pilates with Brooke, thus far, with her books, flash cards, and CDs (in the Pilates Body Kit). I've loved her from the start and have been hoping for a dvd.

I did this one today and just loved it! Don't worry that it says it's for beginners if you've been doing Pilates for years. This is a solid Intermediate Pilates workout. It's approachable for Beginners, but isn't broken down slowly for explanations like most Beginner Pilates dvds. It flows wonderfully, is full of challenging exercises, and is a pleasure to do with Brooke. Just wonderful!
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103 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a "beginner's video" May 14, 2010
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I have taken Pilates classes on my own and decided to get a video, since I'm often bad about leaving the house to attend classes. This is my first exercise video ever, so my critique may not take into account what's normally expected from other exercise videos. I like this video a lot and I don't think the moves are complicated; in fact, they're pretty straightforward. But after taking Pilates classes that catered to rank beginners, I found aspects of this video frustrating at times.

First of all, the speed is intense. Sometimes, I forget to breathe trying to figure out the exercise -- Siler is either doing harder ones than I was taught or with some modifications. In my classes, there was typically a 2-3 minute pause for breathing between exercises; something that not only made it easier, but helped me push through a 50-minute set. This video has 45 minutes of exercise with little pause at all. So there's more moves than I am used to, and it's done really fast with no breaks. I could hit pause on the remote, but who wants to deal with that after your 20th roll-up?

Also, index skips would have been a nice feature. When I'm worn out doing roll-ups or their derivatives, I would like to move on to other types of floor work -- but I have to use a FFWD feature to get it done. My Pilates instructor, before we took a break from the winter said that in order to do mere upkeep, you needed to do three types of exercise for each of the following sets: the back series, the stomach series, the side series and standing. This is to help you keep your body in balance. Because there are no well-planned skips, it makes it challenging to try to balance your modified workout as you're trying to learn the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought the pilates workout was a nice break from my heavy...
I had never done pilates prior to buying this dvd, so my review may not be as accurate as others. I thought the pilates workout was a nice break from my heavy aerobic/weight... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Megan C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates for regular women!
This is the only Pilates DVD I've ever been able to successfully master. My body is so much happier when I make this a part of my regular routine. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Carol Grise
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Hard for beginners
Published 9 days ago by karen copeland
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Absolute Beginners
This routine is supposed to be for beginners, but I think it was a little intense for someone like me who's never done any type of pilates in my whole life. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars The routine that shook things up for me!
I have only done the routine a few times but I already see a difference. Nor was I too sore the next day. She explains the routine the whole time. Read more
Published 13 days ago by chgobargainmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this video
Published 14 days ago by mervine
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Mari...but not bad
I've been doing Mari Winsor for years and thought I'd try a new instructor. This DVD had GREAT reviews and I wanted to like it...but I just can't connect with the instructor. Read more
Published 17 days ago by LM
2.0 out of 5 stars This is very slow, and not very motivating dvd ...
This is very slow, and not very motivating dvd. I actually injured my back doing some of the exercises and wound up in physical therapy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems nice.
I am new to pilates. Seems nice.
Published 1 month ago by Cheese
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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