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Pick Your Level: Weight Loss Pilates (2006)

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  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Awarded Top Workout DVD of 2006 by Natural Health Magazine, this Weight Loss Pilates program is a great way to slim down and develop a long, lean, graceful body. Fitness expert Ellen Barrett chose the best of the best out of three types of Pilates – standing, side-lying and mat Pilates – to create three different 10-minute routines. Each routine was developed using a dynamic, flowing technique which eliminates all the repositioning that takes up so much time in other Pilates workouts – so you’ll get maximum results in minimum time! The Pick Your Level System Makes Working Out As Easy As 1-2-3. Here’s how: Just Push Play—there’s no programming required. Within the workout, three instructors each show the moves modified for a specific level: 1, 2 or 3. You simply follow along and do each move at the level that feels right for you. Remember, this is your workout – you don’t have to stick with one level throughout the entire routine. You may prefer to stick mostly with Level 1, but choose a few Level 2 or 3 moves occasionally. You can customize the workout as you progress or as your energy level varies from day to day. Whatever level you choose, know that Ellen specifically designed this program so that all of the levels are really effective.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for basic, very good for Intermediate October 31, 2007
This is the perfect video if you want something to 'grow with you'. Most Pilates videos have one person doing alternate on a few moves, but not many.

If it's not emphasized enough, it's important to keep your body comfortable and not strain it--tighten your 'core'. That's more important than getting all the moves just like the video. As an overweight person, I always find the roll forward Pilates moves and the pushups to be difficult. And most videos have them. This one does, too. SO I have to alter those exercises on every video. Even below Level 1. (One time I tried to roll forward and it was at an angle and I strained my shoulder!)

On the other hand, there were moves that I could upgrade easily to Level 2. And some that Level 1 was just right and was glad to have examples I could aspire to as I get stronger.

The movements were smooth and slow, but not all of them were whole-body intense, so this really isn't an aerobic pilates. However, I love how she transitioned between each move so that you don't get the stop. start. feeling you get with other Pilates videos.

She is a great leader, speaking as she moves and not fussing about describing every breath. As she takes time setting up each level in the floor segments, I just went ahead and started, keeping the flow going and getting more work in.

One more plus. The video just requires you press play then it starts immediately. The 3 segments follow each other with no long breaks. None of the wait to start. Press PLay. Choose a segment. get up. Choose another segment. You know what I'm talking about!

If you are already advanced in Pilates then this video won't challenge you enough, but it's great to help you step up the ladder as you get stronger and more practiced.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick Your Level is the Best Yet! November 2, 2006
I own many Pilates DVDs due to the fact that once I have peaked at a certain level, in order to progress, I need to purchase a new DVD. Not the case with Pick Your Level Weight Loss Pilates! This is the best Pilates video by far that has been developed! What a creative approach to fitness, offering the purchaser three levels of Pilates in one single DVD. I love the idea of having each level color coded which makes it easy to follow, and the fact that you can interchange the levels with each routine you do. It's like going to a new class each time you turn it on!! And as usual, each step is explained completely by Ellen, with smooth transitions and no confusion as to what's coming next. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone looking for something new and challenging, and of course fun!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good :-) July 29, 2006
While very short, these routines can be done for any level, whether you are only a beginner or advanced. Each routine is shown at three different levels so everyone can benefit from it. Ellen is a good instructor and she's down to earth and it makes it easy to follow. The other exercisers in the routines are visible for most of the time so it makes it easy to choose your positions. All up, it's about 35-40 minutes and it's short, but effective. You will feel like you've done yourself some good which is the whole point, and if done enough, you'll see results soon. I just got this the other day, so I've done it only once, but I can tell that if I keep it up, I'm going to be very happy I bought this.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
The concept behind "Pick Your Level: Weight Loss Pilates" is that you can customize your workout by choosing the level which best suits your needs for each and every exercise. This is done through the use of three different exercisers displaying three different levels of difficulty. Instructor Ellen Barrett always does Level 2, the intermediate version, while her two background exercisers show the beginning (Level 1) and more advanced (Level 3) versions.

The workout itself is broken down into three 10-minute segments: Standing Pilates, Side-Lying Pilates, and Pilates Matwork. The standing work is similar to several of Ellen's previous videos (eg, Crunch Burn & Firm Pilates) in that you are doing moves such as plies, leg lifts, standing leg circles, etc. This segment focused mainly on legwork, although the Level 3 modifier added arms movements to increase the intensity. Still, this section felt like light toning at best, and it certain lacked the cardio benefit to produce the "weight loss" promised in the title. The side lying moves are a bit more intense, beginning with a side plank. Some of the exercises here were similar to the Winsor Buns and Thighs video, and I could feel them in my glutes/outer hip. Again, Ellen does the middle level while the two background exercisers show modifications. Unlike in the standing section, however, each new move does not begin until Ellen explains all three levels, which makes for a lot of unnecessary downtime. In the final segment, Pilates matwork, Ellen has her Level 3 modifier add a few twists to traditional Pilates moves, making them more challenging. However, I found this to be a fairly easy matwork sequence which failed to incorporate any of the classic Pilates intermediate and advanced moves.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best workout video I've ever done January 26, 2008
I had never tried Pilates before this video, yet it was extremely easy to follow. As long as you do the exercises correctly you will get a phenomenal workout and tone up quickly (while being able to adjust your level accordingly). I have tried everything throughout the years and after having 2 kids I; 1- wasn't able to get that last 6-8 pounds off, 2- was never able to have tone abs and, 3- did not have time to go to a gym. The workout is only 30 minutes.... and doing it 3-4 times a week I lost the weight (& then some- with my same diet) and have never been so tone in my life! The video is deceptive in that you don't feel like you are killing yourself working out but if done appropriately you will get a great workout. I would (& do) suggest it to everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel better in one week!!
I had rented a copy at the local library for two weeks so I knew I liked the routine before purchasing, but am happily making progress and feeling better with every workout!! Read more
Published 5 days ago by robinpoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best pilates video!
Published 15 days ago by Corey monson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Has different levels
Excellent. Has different levels. For an active person this is more like active stretching, not really a workout. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Trae
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any shape or size!
This is a wonderful work out. I am a had two children out of shape mom and in just a month I noticed the difference. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Little Star
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all her workout DVD's
I love all her workout DVD's. This one is especially good since you can pick which level you want to do and can move up or down each time you do it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 35 minute workout
My wife has used this DVD for a year now and has started at beginners level and has advanced being it is a 3 choice speed of workout. No waste of time on the tape, she loves it.
Published 1 month ago by sluggo57
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an amazing DVD that can be used at any stage of ...
Truly an amazing DVD that can be used at any stage of fitness. It's 30 minutes that will tackle all of the muscle groups you need and if u want to intensify your workout, you can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Latoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for beginner
Been looking for this one for awhile, I used to watch it on Netflix and then one day it was gone. I particularly like this one as it has the various levels that are all easy to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara VonMutius
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the camel toe!
Love it! I did a combination of half level 3 and level 2. The level one if more for the elderly and wouldn't have an effect if you're looking for weight loss. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by kathleen lavallee
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