Jennifer Kries' Pilates Method: Perfect Mix
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I liked this video because it combines strength and light cardio, and it also gives me a good stretch at the end. Also, each of the segments can be done individually (they're each about 20 minutes long) if you don't have much time. The only slight drawback is that there's an excessive amount of explanation on how the breathe at the beginning that I have to fastforward through.
1) This is definitely NOT for beginners. I really like J Kries, have quite a few of her older videos, and her book - but she is a little too poetic and not quite detailed enough in her explanations in the videos (book is better). If you have never practised Pilates before, I recommend Moira Stott's videos - start with the Essential - never tried Ana Caban so I wouldn't know - apparently JK's The Method - Precision Toning is a good instructional - but again I wouldn't know. I started with JK's All in one Workout and strained my back myself, then fixed and repaired with Stott, got bored with her delivery and now can sail thru the all in one with ease - and love it! I also like this video, but for a lighter day. You MUST be experienced in Pilates to do the exercises at this speed, otherwise you will not be able to hold your navel to your spine and breathe properly. Stott moves up to this speed in her intermediate video, and leaves some of the modifications like the bridge with leg extensions for her advanced video!!!!!
PLEASE take in the above - without the necessary experience and abdominal strength built up from prior slow work, this video and others at this level could mean you end up working the wrong muscles or worse hurting yourself - you may think you can do the aforementioned bridge, but I spent months doing it with Stott, all we do is lift the bent leg off the ground a few inches and hold a few seconds, doing our best to keep the pelvis/hips level, the navel to spine,the shoulderblades down, the breathing even.....anyone can stick their hips up and throw a leg in the air...
2) The cardio workout IS ok for beginners - without weights.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very detailed and long, boring yoga instructions. Then it jumps to very difficult, fast moves, with no instructions.Published 5 days ago by Diane Hofer
Got this years ago & finally reviewing it lol! This woman here really got me to love pilates after already loving yoga--she is excellent!!Published 13 months ago by W&JFord
Bought this workout for my cousin who had mentioned she really wanted to start taking Pilates but never had the time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Had the Perfect Mix before and used it all the time. It cracked so had to get a new one. I love this DVD.Published 19 months ago by Dennise B
Jennifer Kries is awesome and all of her workouts are easy to follow, yet provide a full body workout. She makes sure to instruct you as to prevent injury and get maximum results.Published on January 23, 2014 by JS
I absolutely love Jennifer Kries Pilates. She is one of the best on the market. Her videos are a little older, but well worth it. She knows her stuff. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Breggetta Maravilla
really great progressive workout that allows growth and pride. very refreshing after feeling of accomplishment and quick posture results, thanksPublished on November 9, 2013 by Rose L Magdych
Exactly what I was looking for. It used to be available on Netflix Instant Play but they took it off. It's a combination of light pilates and a weird dance cardio workout. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Qt
I wanted to give this 5 stars, but I don't ever use the core part of the workout, so I didn't think that was fair. The Metabolic Booster workout is amazing though. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by AmandaBeth