Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Method - Pilates Fusion - A Ballet Pilates Dance Blend|
Actor: Katalin Zamiar
Director: Linda Shelton
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Exercise & Fitness
This program uses movements that have been adapted from classic Pilates principles on the Reformer and the mat. Using similar ballet exercises that require focused control and breathing, you will be able to comprehensivel... more »
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Tatyana Bilyk | 04/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The workout is pretty good! But this is exactly the same workout "Pilates Standing Blend" with Katalin Zamiar."
Mostly ballet movements to increase balance for beginners
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 11/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rebecca wrote a great review on this dvd on old title: "The Method: Standing Pilates Blend".
I tried this since I loved Katalin in her "The Method - Meditation Through Movement" video which I wrote a review for saying she has incredible form & presence, but the pace was a bit slow & too easy for me. She has great body awareness & calm, natural demeanor. I bought her old VHS G.I. Jabb martial arts videos because of her incredible energy/form in it that I saw on her site katalinusa com.
This video's menu only gives the options of the 2 chapter choices of the standing/balance leg work of 30 min & her mat work of 15 min, along with only a quick text bio of Katalin's extensive martial arts accomplishments & other fitness extensive training. The choice of not being able to do w/o the music is a poor choice since the music was so light w/a slow tempo, it put me to sleep. When my heater fan kicked in drowning it out, I enjoyed the workout much more.
Floor work - 30 min - was straight ballet with some lunges, plies, curtsy style drops. She puts it into combos like leg circles, lunge, leg lift forward, backward then down. It's all about balance & ability to stand on one leg. Though I loved that help with grace, I found it repetitive.
Mat work - 15 min - almost no crunches, some leg lifts & drops, a hundred was done, but in sets of 4 pulses then rest, then 4 pulses... the yoga bridge was done very quickly, then a lot of side lying w/more ballet style leg toning.
While I bought this because it wasn't straight pilates & enjoyed the ballet movements, I found the pace to be a bit slow & too easy for me. She allows rests in between & modifies things such as the hundred. I did feel my muscles work for toning, but I already have incredible balance from years of yoga. I did not do it as gracefully as they did, but on a first try, I was close. This is because of Katalin's awesome cuing & reminders of good posture/alignment. She also puts great emphasis on when to inhale/exhale which was great. She also tries to cue YOUR left & right.
This video is for beginners, those with limited balance ability, or those who are die hard ballet fans. This can also be used for toning for a lazy day for those who work out regularly. I will thank Katalin, because by following her cues, I did feel more comfortable, relaxed, & really did the moves more correctly then I do on regular ballet dvd workouts.
If you like this style, I would recommend "New York City Ballet" which is better for intermediates with good balance. If you're looking for something that will whip your butt that's a blend of ballet, pilates, dance, balance, I'd suggest Kari Anderson's "Angles, lines & curves" I or II & her "Reach"
you can see a clip at collagevideo com & another clip on youtube under totalfitnessdvds"