Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great beginner workout video. It's only about 25 mins so easy to fit in. I noticed a difference within a few workoutsPublished 22 days ago by Nicola Griffin
I haven't had a chance to see all of it but its a good starting point for me. It was good.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to follow. I use this when on travel and need to work on a mat in my hotel.Published 4 months ago by Canary
Exercises were fine but the quality of the film were awful. I can liken it to someone recording on a Ln old 80's handheld camcorder. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Hoffman