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Scott Cole: Discover Tai Chi For Balance and Mobility - Exercise for Seniors & Older Adults

Scott Cole , Claire Karstadt , Scott Cole  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Cole, Claire Karstadt
  • Directors: Scott Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046ZE3OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility AT ANY AGE with gentle therapeutic Tai Chi-inspired exercise from America's premier Tai Chi and fitness expert, Scott Cole. Guiding you through a delectable continuum of breath, movement, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Stretching, and Chair Exercise, Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility delivers easy-to-follow effective exercises to help prevent falling, while improving overall balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Great for beginners, older adults, and physically challenged, this workout is both fun and effective! The latest release in the top-selling Discover Tai Chi series (Back Care, AM/PM, Weight Loss, and Beginners), Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility features Claire Karstadt, an older adult, whose inspiring story and glorious movement and energy will uplift anyone who has ''lost hope'' of finding better balance. ''It is my experience that people of any age or compromised fitness level can vastly improve their balance with this program. Believe, breathe, and most of all, ENJOY!!!'' - Scott Cole

Scott Cole and his innovative work have been featured in over 500 publications worldwide (including The Wall Street Journal), on LIVE with Regis and Kelly, CNN Headline News, The View, The Doctors, E!, HGTV, The Food Network, and more. A pioneer of mind/body exercise, Scott has lectured in over 30 countries, increasing wellness literacy for people of all ages.

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147 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapeutic November 28, 2011
By GB
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I was looking for a video in which I could do easy, simple, beneficial Tai Chi exercises made especially for seniors or those with limited mobility. This video is easy to follow, makes adjustments for moves and stretches, and is low key and inviting. I highly recommend the Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility for all who want to keep mobile. Video was available and a very reasonable price.
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi dvd February 15, 2012
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My husband has Parkinson's Disease and we were looking for some kind of exercise program to help him with this disability. The Parkinson's Support Group leader suggested Tai Chi and this video is specifically designed for older people and those with physical challenges. For Parkinson's, this means maintaining balance, muscle tone and range of movement. It has been very helpful.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for beginners in Tai Chi February 25, 2012
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This DVD that I purchased from Amazon is excellent for beginners and especially for older adults and the somewhat physically challenged.You still have to be able to perform moderate exercise. However, there is a brief segment showing movements and stretching from a sitting position. The length is just right for me: about 32 minutes. The background music is relaxing and appropriate to the slow, careful movements of Tai Chi. It is helpful that Scott Cole has an older lady doing the workout with him. She briefly relates her story after the main segment. She had heart trouble and could hardly walk before she started Tai Chi in Cole's class.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and helpful July 5, 2011
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This tai chi video is excellent for older adults and people with balance problems. It is very well done.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TAI CHI Video April 21, 2012
By inglynn
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I purchased this video for my mother who had been looking for a TAI CHI video that she would be able to do. Before handing it off to her, I gave it a try.

I was very impressed with this video. The exercises were not too difficult and were very slow and gentle. After the workout I felt very refreshed and energized. The length of the workout is the perfect amount of time, just taking a little over 30 minutes to complete.

My mother also enjoys this video and uses it at least twice a week. However, for someone that has not tried this type of exercise, she would recommend that you split the video into two 15 min workouts until you get use to it. Even though the moves are not that difficult she certainly felt the results the following day.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the sedentary and physically challenged March 4, 2011
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I used this DVD while recovering from shoulder surgery and while it quickly became too easy, it was great while I needed it. If you need help with balance or motivation to get moving again, this intro to Tai Chi might work for you.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but could have been much better May 2, 2012
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Not dreadful but lacks instruction and energy.
The studio is a house and seems sort of odd to film in.
Scott has a nice voice and one can tell he has been instructing along time.
He is easy to watch and the moves are all gentle and performed well.
He gives little to no instruction on how to do actually do the moves. That is actually fine with me as I am a practioner but others might be lost.
His pal, Claire is very fluid and clearly limber.
I imagine everyone is supposed to watch her and learn as Scott goes into his lovely talk about Tai Chi and the name of the movement which is pleasant enough.
But, it is really necessary to "check in" with Claire every 5 minutes?
He says her name constantly and keeps asking her how she is doing.
WHY? Is she going to fall down or something?
Clearly, Claire is fine and as she is on the DVD we assume she will make it all the way through.
Pros: Nice music and easy to watch. Good for folks who need gentle moves and may not be able to do yoga. Worth the watch for these folks.
Cons: little to no actual instruction, way too much Claire checking . We could have used less Clairing and more verbal instruction.
Not bad at all for seniors and beginners but seems really not useful for anyone wanting something deep and informative.
Sold mine back
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsafe for people with osteoporosis January 20, 2014
This video is allegedly designed for older people. However, many of the exercises in it are unsafe for anyone with osteoporosis – which includes many many elderly people, particularly women.

When you have osteoporosis, the front of your vertebrae tend to break so that they become wedge-shaped in the front. This is what causes older people to develop spines that curve forward. Because the fronts of vertebrae are so vulnerable, informed physical therapists warn strongly against exercises, such as bending forward from the waist, that tend to compress (and break) the front vertebrae. See the National Osteoporosis (NOF) website on safe alignment, which states “Some exercises can do more harm than good. If you have osteoporosis or have had broken bones in the spine, you should avoid exercises that involve bending over from the waist.” [...]

This video is full of exercises bending forward from the waist. The elderly model in the video and Mr. Cole are strong and limber enough to maintain relatively flat backs while bending from the waist. Most elderly people (the overwhelming majority probably) will not able to maintain neutral spines when doing these exercises. When they bend forward, they will inadvertently round their backs and put crushing pressure on the front of their vertebrae. ADDITIONALLY, at least one of the exercises calls for you to hang forward and then roll up – which the NOF also warns is dangerous. Finally, the video’s seated exercises are unsafe – again calling for people to bend forward and round their backs and to twist.

Please consult a resource on safe exercise for older people, particularly if you or your loved one has osteoporosis. Good resources are Sara Meeks’ book Walk Tall and the NOF website and the resources there. Tai Chi can be great for people with osteoporosis but it has to be done without forward compression and twisting.
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