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Principles & Basics of Pilates

Michaela Sirbu , Michaela Sirbu  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michaela Sirbu
  • Directors: Michaela Sirbu
  • Producers: Michaela Sirbu
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HC9JCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you've tried Pilates classes or videos before only to declare them too difficult, you will love this DVD! It identifies the basics of proper form and function to help you practice Pilates safely and enjoyably, on your own or at class, without discomfort or risk of injury.

A “must know” before attempting Pilates, these concepts and mini-movements are presented in a clear, easy to follow, light-hearted manner, without technical or anatomical terms.

Once you become familiar with the principles and basics and how to practically apply your knowledge, your body will respond to both Mat and Equipment Pilates more efficiently and with ease. You'll find yourself looking forward to your next session, while moving onto the next level of training will be a breeze.

Savour the benefits and tremendous gains of practicing Pilates all along the way: reduced stress, tension and pain; enviable posture and core strength; slim waistline; great fit in your clothes; hard buns, shapely legs; increased energy, vitality, a brighter outlook on life; and so much more.

You will fall in love with the new you every time you look into the mirror!
Students and teachers of Pilates will equally benefit from using this DVD.

To further your Pilates training, we suggest Michaela’s 4-DVD Set “The CORE of Pilates” which includes enough variety for use at home and on the go.

View samples on Youtube; search for “Michaela Sirbu”. Thank you for considering “Principles and Basics of Pilates” or other of Michaela’s wonderful videos!

How Are Michaela’s DVDs and Instruction Different?

IDEAL FOR HOME USE ... lots of visual anchors and reminders are provided so you can safely learn alone, though you will feel like the instructor is present in your living room

LIGHT HEARTED & HUMOROUS ... your “Love-inatrix” type, not “Dom-inatrix”; did you know that laughing builds core strength and elevates your spirits?

PROGRESSIVE & COMPASSIONATE ... she remembers feeling crippling back pain at age 35 and the need to learn step-by-step; pause the video and do what you can, when or if you feel it’s too much for you

EDUCATIONAL & SAFE ... the “why/how” details help you learn proper form faster and build muscle memory; then your muscles will engage automatically during your activities

TIMELESS ... core strength is essential for any sport or activity, at any age, and regardless of how strong your core muscles are, if you learn to use them properly, you get even stronger.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructor, great videos March 25, 2012
By Sandy
No matter what level of Pilates you are at Michaela is thorough, clear, precise, and informative on how to do Pilates. Her years of expertise show. She knows what she is talking about. Not just how to do Pilates positions but what the positions do for you. Michaela explains how to do them correctly so as not to hurt yourself. I've learned so much from her on how to do Pilates correctly! Other DVDs have never given me as much instruction and caring. It is like she is right there guiding me through each position. Her passion for Pilates and helping you achieve a more fit body shows through her work and how she instructs you through the workout. If you work out at home, Michaela's Pilates DVDs are the best investment in your fitness. Check out her "Pilates on the Go" and "Principles and Basics of Pilates" (which is where you should begin Pilates), as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas present ever February 8, 2011
By Cipi
I have retired early, so I'm on the golf course a few days a week. Like most passionate golfers, my goal over the years has been to improve my swing and the enjoyment of the game. I've been hearing that many competitive golfers, men and women, practice Pilates to learn how to use their core muscles more efficiently, but I never tried it myself until I started working with your DVDs. What a great Christmas gift my wife bought up for me! (your "Principles and Basics of Pilates", "Beginner Pilates in Detail" and "About Balance" DVDs). I can't believe how much of a difference these exercises are making! After only a month of practice my abdominal muscles feel stronger, I can twist better, I am aware of tensing my neck and shoulders, I breathe more often and have more energy - my whole body feels great!

What I most like about your DVDs is that you explain things so very simply. More than that, you give the reason for each move. Maybe not everybody needs to know why, or what, is being worked in a given exercise, but I do. Your demeanour is pleasant and assuring; you smile and giggle from time to time, which makes the viewer feel you're human and likeable; you give us an "out" (i.e. do what we can, don't strain, build toward maximum achievement, etc.); your accent is exotic, which somehow gives the viewer confidence in your ability; and you "speak" to your audience through eye contact.

Repetition is so important when learning the basics of any endeavour. I am glad to see that you employ this method, as the volume of information can be overwhelming to the beginner. In fact, you stated that at the outset.

I really like how you demonstrate the manoeuvre at the start of each segment, then break it down and explain each element. That is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing exercises, that leave you feeling refreshed! December 22, 2010
I've gotten my hands on a series of fabulous DVDs! From the way the instructor presents the exercises I can tell that she's been dedicated to Pilates and Yoga for a while. The explanations and cues are so clear and concise, even I can understand them although I haven't practiced this sort of exercises before. I really like how she even explains the "why's" of each maneouvre and how she specifically targets muscle groups I haven't used in a while. After the workout, I feel refreshed, like I have a different body! Then I take the lessons and apply them during my day. I bought "Principles and Basics of Pilates", "Beginner Pilates in Detail", "Better Posture" and "The Foam Roller" - now I plan to invest in the other DVDs this instructor offers because I want to look just like her!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great no stress workout November 21, 2010
I just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to do Pilates again, after a long pause. I'm glad that I picked up your DVDs! There are so professionally done, the exercises are so well explained, the movements make much more sense now - plus I'm seeing results that I had been seeking, after only working with them DVDs for a short time. What a worthwhile investment! Love all 3 of them: Pilates on the Go, Principles and Basics of Pilates, Beginner Pilates - in Detail plus 2 Progressive Workout Sequences. Your Foam Roller, too, it's such a good workout !! and much cheaper than going for a massage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent teacher February 17, 2013
Michaela's videos are clear and precise. She is incredibly knowledgeable in her craft. Her style of teaching helps me understand and correct my positions so the exercises have the intended and wanted results. She is by far the BEST teacher i have ever had. I highly recommend her videos.
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