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Jennifer Kries' Pilates Method: Perfect Mix (2005)

Jennifer Kries  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jennifer Kries
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSPNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The "Perfect Mix" is like having a health club in your home. Every element for good health is included, from strength training to cardio fitness to a stress reducing yoga session.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Body Workout March 8, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've only used this video a few times, but it really gives me a good workout. The first segment focuses on traditional Pilates moves for a tough abs workout (if you've never done Pilates before, be patient... you probably won't be able to do all the moves, but eventually it will get easier). The second segment is cardio/strentgh, and you need 1-3 pound weights. It uses a lot of dance-inspired moves, and being a little uncoordinated I haven't gotten them all down yet. I don't mind stumbling around a little (I'm sure I'll get it down eventually!), but you should know that you probably won't pick up the moves the first time you do this video. The third segment is a yoga/stretch session that is very relaxing.
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.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I just read thru all the reviews, and as someone who has been practising pilates for years, these are my views:
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.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy September 4, 2001
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I really love this DVD. I have never done either pilates or ballet although I am a yoga enthusiast. I was looking for a way to get back in shape and in particular tone my back and abs and legs after pregnancy. Not only is this is a great introduction to pilates, but I feel immediate effects upon my posture after each class. Jennifer is a rare breed of excercise teachers in that she simply is not annoying- just inspiring. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and she places the correct empahsis on breath (unlike Denise Austin in her DVD Mat workout based on Pilates). The excercises are not difficult but targeted, effective and sometimes challenging depending on where your particular weakness may be. The metabolic booster section is a real gem if you want to feel you are doing some cardio. Whether I will lose any weight doing these programs I dont know but I am toning visibly after only 2 weeks. I dont like excercise particulary (jumping around is not for me) but this DVD makes me feel like Yoga does - enervated, rejuvenated, graceful, strong, and excited about doing it again the next day.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates Challenge - Intermediate to Advanced February 2, 2007
Jennifer Kries is definitely the Pilates goddess of the workout world. Not only does she create challenging Pilates workouts, she gives perfect instruction and teaches you to respect your body in a new way. This is her New Method style workout. It is a combination of Pilates, Weight Training, Dance and Yoga.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had the Perfect Mix before and used it all the time
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 3 months ago by Dennise B
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this DVD
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 9 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Kries is the best Pilates out there
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Breggetta Maravilla
5.0 out of 5 stars great
really great progressive workout that allows growth and pride. very refreshing after feeling of accomplishment and quick posture results, thanks
Published 11 months ago by Rose L Magdych
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Kries' Pilates Method: Perfect Mix
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Qt
4.0 out of 5 stars Metabolic Booster = Perfection
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 more
Published 20 months ago by AmandaBeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Quick 20 minute session.
I still use my copy on VHS ! I find the Pilates and the Yoga sections work really well on their own. Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by helen13
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I have been exercising with this DVD for 2 years now and i love it.
The Yoga routine at the end is a real treat.
Published on May 10, 2011 by Lilach Lavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, intensive, invigorating
I really like this DVD! For reference, I've been using it for about three weeks and I consider myself an intermediate to advanced exerciser. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Queen Red
5.0 out of 5 stars the workout 3 is good for weak, fatigue & stressed out people
I love the workout 3! It's only 20 mins stretching / yoga / deep breathing exercise & it really make me feel great! Sleep better after this routine if I do it before bed time! Read more
Published on August 1, 2009 by S.
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