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Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout (2002)

Ana Caban  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ana Caban
  • Format: 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 (346 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: #12,614 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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264 of 264 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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146 of 147 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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238 of 247 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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76 of 78 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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73 of 75 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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42 of 42 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Ana Caban is my all time favorite Pilates instructor when it comes to fitness at home. I like how the moves are always challenging even after I have been doing it for months. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Audrey Timms
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have done Pilates before this DVD, but within a week I noticed a difference. I have abs now!!! This workout is a bit intense, but there are two variations (an easy one and a more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Luman
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and almost a waste of time
If you have every done pilates or simply gotten off of the couch before then this routine will be far to easy for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wmartinhickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Most effective Pilates EVER!
I've been using this workout since having my 3rd back surgery in 2002. I was advised strengthening my core would in turn help with my back pain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Savohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilates
Stretching muscles, and getting in a relaxed state of mind is the best way to start and end ones day
Published 1 month ago by Roselynn Littlejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
I love Ana Caban. This is a very easy to follow and simple introduction Pilates. I totally recommend this if you are starting out.
Published 1 month ago by Rinda
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is certainly not a video for beginners. I tried it and had such neck pain that I thought I would never be able to do Pilates. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for arthritis!
I have had this tape before and it worked GREAT for my arthritis. Easy enough for an old lady like myself. My back gives me no trouble now! Well worth it...A++++++++
Published 2 months ago by Linda Haugan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed to say the least
Was looking for a basic beginners instructional video. Ana Caban is too cutesy acting and the special effect filming detracts from the instruction.
Published 2 months ago by Arlene Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pilates a workout that you feel the next day!
I'm giving this DVD three stars! I am a in beginner Pilates and although in the video she does have modified version of the workouts she doesn't put a lot if effort in explaining... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dacia Alexander
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