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Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout (2002)

Ana Caban  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ana Caban
  • 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: Gaiam - Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005M1XE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • 12-minute Pilates Energy Boost workout
  • In-depth interview with certified Pilates instructor Ana Caban

Editorial Reviews

Pilates is a full-body conditioning exercise program that uses a series of machines and exercises. It works the entire body, both the right and left sides, in unison. It focuses primarily on what Joseph Pilates called the "powerhouse," the group of muscles that begins two inches above and below your navel, then wraps completely around your front and back--kind of like a corset. It also includes your buttocks.

The DVD features the Pilates Beginning Mat Workout, plus a bonus workout and interview with instructor Ana Caban.

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282 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Follow-up to My 1st Review June 30, 2001
By blusel
Format:VHS Tape
I've kicked my rating up one additional star for this one reason: I have been doing this tape everyday for 2 weeks and I can truly see and feel the difference. My stomach, waist, and hips are getting stronger by the day and are visibly more slim. My pants are definitely baggier in these areas and I can see definition in my stomach, and this is after only 2 weeks. Also, I feel stronger in these areas as well as my thighs. Much less joint pain and creaking going on down there, as well. The most signifigant aspect of this rapid improvement is that *you do not break a sweat when you do this workout*. Additionally, it's short, approx. 20 minutes, so I don't feel as though I'm wasting any part of my schedule by doing it. Another bonus is that you don't need any special workout gear, clothes, shoes, scary contraptions, etc. It's just you, the mat, and Ana.
I do have one recommendation for new users: get yourself one of those sticky mats that we use for yoga. The Living Arts company, the very same group that puts out this video, has one. Also, be certain to get Brooke Siler's book in order to understand the poses to their fullest.
That's all I have to say. I just love this workout.
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159 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Pilates video out there! May 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am a certified Pilates instructor, and this is the only video series that I will recommend to my clients. Ana Caban makes the video fun to watch and easy to follow. All of the other videos on the market are slow & boring! Plus, the video follows the way that Joseph Pilates, himself, created the exercises! So if you are looking to start Pilates, this is an excellent way to do it at home, safely.
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246 of 256 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
My wife bought this video and I decided to try it. I am a martial artist and core strength and flexibility are very important to me.
This was a hard workout that left my abs acheing. I enjoyed the clear instruction. After you do the workout a couple times, you may think the instruction takes too long between exercises. But this is a beginner's tape.
The modifications are good for those who are not ready for the full effect.
There is a lot of beginning instruction on breathing and basics, the workout actually starts 9 minutes and 30 seconds into the tape. This is where I now fast forward the tape to begin the workout. So the actual workout is about 20 minutes.
I have been doing it for a couple of weeks now - three days a week and my abs are getting rock hard. I also feel taller and lighter after the workout. In a week or so, I will probably move on to the intermediate tape as I am already noticing a big strength improvement. This tape will also help your balance, flexibility, joint stability, and coordination. That's probably why dancers really take to Pilates.
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Video August 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a twenty-something year old beginner at ANY type of exercise at this point in my life. I was hesitant at first to buy a Pilates video because I've heard Pilates is not easy, even at the beginner's level. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this video. It's geared 100% with the beginner in mind. Having a student along side Caban demonstrating the easier modified positions really helped motivate me because when I couldn't replicate Caban's moves (which I couldn't at first) at least I knew following the easier modified versions was okay for the time being. It also gave me something to work up to. What's the point of buying an exercise video if you're going to master it the first time? By the third day, I was following Caban more than her student as I felt my body becoming stronger. By the fourth day, I seemed to be more aware of my posture because I felt as though I was sitting taller.
I especially like there not being a need for any props except a mat to protect your spine (you'll be rolling your spine along it). Caban does mention you could use a small cushion to support your neck, but that's optional. The actual exercise session is about 20 minutes long, which is a plus for me because it goes by fast, yet feels very effective.
Caban's instructions before each exercise are thorough and to the point, so much so, that by the third or fourth viewing, I was ready to start each exercise without her while she gave instructions. She also consistently reminds you to breathe. I feel as though this tape is preparing me well to move on to an intermediate version.
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's workout January 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a fabulous workout. I love Ana Caban! She is encouraging, sweet and best of all, not ditzy. This is a wonderful workout to begin with for anyone new to Pilates that doesn't want to invest a lot of money in props. I moved quite easily through the workout the first day but the next morning I felt it. I also feel taller! Enjoy! This is a great one!
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Ana Caban is the best!! She brings the method more to life than anyone else. I seriously thought I'd never loose my second belly, you know, the one below your belly button, but with this video (and don't buy it if you're just going to use it as a dust collector) it's melting away, or should i say, i'm kicking it to the curb. Seriously, this video is great for those of us with stubborn ab'flab but it also does much much more :) !
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners! October 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I love anything from the "Living Arts" series, and I have a pretty good collection of yoga tapes from "Living Arts" as well. I ordered this tape because I read that pilates is a cross between yoga, aerobics and ballet, and I thought, "Why not give it a go?"
Ana Caban is pretty lively, enthusiastic, and she and her pilates partner, Tara have some pretty amazing bodies. If you're the type that doesn't want to watch a couple of models bending and stretching and looking oh-so adorable, then I really wouldn't reccomend this tape. For those of us who don't particularly care about these things, Ana is a little bit on the cutsie side, but she doesn't come off as an air-head, which, I might add, is probably the number one reason why I'll stop using an exercise tape. Over all, she has her silly moments but it's nothing I'd get annoyed with after viewing several times.
She and Tara alternate between the modified and more difficult exercises. Sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing what at first, until you actually try the moves, then it becomes clear who's demonstrating the more difficult version. This can be a little misleading at first, in most exercise tapes one instructor sticks with a specific level of difficulty, and usually you just follow that one instructor until you're ready to move on, but for some reason the two women leap back and forth!
The tape starts off with 10 minutes of introduction, which covers a detailed explanation of pilates terminology (it's actually quite simple), how to hold various positions to prevent injury, and how to breathe. She's very clear on the instructions, and even offers demos so it's pretty difficult to screw up. She even goes into the principles of pilates, and tells you a little bit of what it does and why.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not into much pilates
Published 1 day ago by Barbara Travica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good choice for beginners.
Published 1 month ago by Paulia Cheung
1.0 out of 5 stars Too basic/short
Although there are clear instructions for each pose- it's one 25 minute long work out with only the most basic handful of poses. Waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by Bitterpill
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Workout
I like this workout... It's a great beginning workout for Pilates. Although, some of the camera angles weren't my favorite, at times it made it a little hard to see what moves she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Evan Hopman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner Pilates Tape
My husband used this tape just about every morning for a year and really enjoyed it before going on to the next one -
Published 2 months ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this workout
Love this workout! A non strenuous workout that works on your flexibility and makes you feel great! Buy this one for sure.
Published 2 months ago by Pam I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates is the BEST!!!!
Very good. I would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Grisel Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout
I am still using and enjoying the Pilates-Beginning Matt Workout DVD.
I especially use the Energy Boost Pilates portion of it (which only takes about 12 minutes) and which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reviewer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
She is boring, the rhythm, the voice, the exercises, everything is dull.
I prefer Karen Voight, she is more athletic and her DVD are more motivating.
Published 3 months ago by Vito E.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Pilates workout, cheesy production values.
I have been taking Pilates classes at the gym for over a year now. I decided to buy this DVD so I could do some workouts at home. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. S. Khoury
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