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The Pilates Body Kit: An Interactive Fitness Program to Strengthen, Streamline, and Tone (includes 2 audio cds, flash cards & workbook) Audio CD – April 5, 2003

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Whether you're recovering from back surgery or looking for a decent full-body workout, Pilates has something to offer--and this practical kit from well-known guru Brooke Siler pulls a complicated system together with finesse. Emphasizing equal stretching and strengthening of the muscles (especially those throughout the torso, referred to as "the powerhouse"), Pilates mat work is conveniently portable thanks to its total lack of fancy equipment. Combining a video with Pilates is asking for poor muscular alignment and a lot of mental distraction, so while the kit's components may seem a little old-fashioned, they're both effective and appropriate. Two CDs and 70 illustrated flash cards work together to supply visual and oral cues for each exercise; a simple book and exercise journal complete the package. With a portable player, you'll have private instruction in public gyms or hotels without expensive classes or tight schedules. The first disk provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals and progresses up the ladder. Many postures are possible for everyone, regardless of fitness level, and it's also a good backup for advanced students if an accident or illness forces you to start again from scratch. The second disk takes you through the intermediate exercises, some of which may be difficult (or impossible) at first but remain inspiring--Siler's gentle authority and creative metaphors make it easy to visualize a day when we'll all be as lean, strong and flexible as she is. --Jill Lightner

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[Brooke Siler is] one of the top personal trainers in the country."--Vogue
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312316259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brooke Siler founded re:AB Pilates in1997, the renowned studio for authentic Pilates training in New York City, where her clients have included Madonna, Lauren Hutton, Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler and more. Hailed as the "trainer to the stars," she trained under Joseph Pilates' protégée, Romana Kryzanowska, for over a decade. Brooke also heads the teacher training program at reAB Pilates - named the "Gold Standard" of training programs by Time Out Magazine - where the next generation of Pilates teachers earn their stripes. Brooke has been recognized by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Women's Health, Fitness, Shape, PilatesStyle and multiple dozens more as one of the world's leading fitness experts. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and teaches internationally.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on December 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love pilates. It's a great workout, and you quickly feel the results. (If you have lower back pain, consider pilates. It strengthens your back muscles and may help to ease your pain.)

If you have never done pilates before, this may not be the right starter kit for you. Pilates exercises are not necessarily intuitive. How your body is positioned is very important in pilates, and you may find it easier to learn with a video, so that you can watch how you body is supposed to move through each exercise.

Once you've learned the basics, the flashcards will make your life easier. I take the flash cards with me when I travel. They're small, pack easily and serve as a great reference tool. With this in mind, if you are already familiar with pilates, the flash cards are worth the money.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Booth on August 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I learned Pilates from tapes and DVDs by other instructors, but now I prefer using this CD for my every day workouts. I like the efficient pace of the workout tracks. They provide great guidance without including every laborious instruction from the introductory tracks, and there are no gaps where an instructor is blabbing and you're sitting on the floor waiting to do the next exercise. Therefore, if you do the 20 minute workout, you're really doing 20 minutes of exercise. I was skeptical about buying this system, but thought it was worth a chance for the price. Now, I'm sold on it. Not only is it easier to fit a workout into a busy schedule, but the results are better, too. I agree with other reviewers, however, in hoping to see another CD soon with a more advanced workout.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on March 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While I enjoyed Siler's "The Pilates Body" and found it to be a comprehensive reference, I could not imagine myself using the book while performing the exercises or even walking away with all of the important points she made about each movement. She veered too far into the wordy side at times, and I could see how absolute beginners could find her intimidating.
This kit is a great follow-up or add-on to her book. Her instructions for each of the sections are very clear, and the cards that she provides for each movement give just the right amount of information about what you should be thinking about for each exercise.
I enjoy the CD format of the workout. The format makes it very easy to skip over to the section that you want to work on that day without having to skip around as you would in a video. Much has been made about why Siler would come out with an audio version and not a video or DVD. Having read interviews that she's given, I know that there are plans to come out with a video. Frankly, I suspect that she wanted to expand her market cautiously by coming out with an audio version first, which, I believe, would be somewhat less expensive to produce than a video.
Also, while some may disagree, I feel that a more advanced Pilates mat workout really requires a visual component. I would be very nervous about a product that instructed, say, the JackKnife without giving an idea of how it should look. While that could be gotten across to some extent on flash cards, I think it would be very helpful to see the more advanced movements in motion to give the viewer an idea of the speed and care necessary to use when performing them.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The pilates kit is great if you don't have access to vcr.
The Pilates Body Kit consist of:
A/ Workbook:
-Explains the principles and guidelines for pilates
-Journal to record progress
B/ Flash Cards - which provide the visual components of the
exercises (Beginner to Intermediate Exercises)
C/ Two CDs organized as follows:
CD1 Beginner/ Intro to Intermediate -
1. Welcome to Beginning Pilates
2. Beginner Preliminary Principles
3. Beginner Mat Exercise Breakdown
4. Beinner Mat Class
5. Welcome to Intermediate Pilates
6. Intermediate Preliminary Principles
CD 2 Intermediate
1. Intermediate Mat Exercise Breakdown
2. Intermediate Mat Class
In the CDs Brooke Siler prompts you through each exercise as if you were in a actual mat class. Her instructions are clear and she informs you of proper hand and body placement, as well as when to breath.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Abbe Aronson on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
With all due respect to the reviewer who expected DVD's, this kit of CD's, cards, etc. is the absolute BEST at home pilates guide I have ever used. Unlike exercise guides that come in the form of books, these cards can be laid out flat on the ground or scrutinized while attempting a specific exercise -- no pages flopping around, no losing one's place! Brooke Siler is an amazing teacher -- not only does she explain the exercises and set the stage for one's success, her technique tips are totally accessible and unique. I've seen other Pilates guides and NONE are as thorough as this kit. Likewise, I was very impressed with her first book. By using it, I was able to LITERALLY change my body following the birth of my son. I've NEVER enjoyed an exercise regiment as much as this one and that is largely due to Siler and her teaching technique. BUY THIS KIT! You will love it!!!
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