The Method(r) brings you the secret to the worlds most beautiful bodies! This double feature DVD combines the best-selling Precision Toning and Precision Sculpting videos featuring instructor Jennifer Kries. She gives cle... more »ar and precise instructions on how you can tone, firm and flatten your abs without strenuous sit-ups or crunches! Define your buns without lunges, squats or machines and sculpt your legs without high impact aerobics. In the Precision Sculpting segment, you can tone and trim your arms without heavy weights or boring repetitions, sculpt your chest and shoulders without pushups or chest press machines then trim and define your lower body. Precision Toning is over an hour and a half of deep muscle techniques and mat based exercises for an all over total body toning & sculpting regime that you can see results on very quickly.« less
Actor:Jennifer Kries Genres:Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Pilates Studio:Parade Video Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 05/10/2001 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001 Release Year: 2001 Run Time: 1hr 58min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 1 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"I am a big Jennifer Kries fan. I love her newer series (Pilates Method/New Method) and her book, Pilates Plus Method. I tried in the past to get into some of her older stuff- Precision Toning and Precision Sculpting- and while I thought she gave (as always) great instruction, the workouts were very long and I just couldn't see myself making the commitment on a regular basis.I just recently got this DVD and am now over the moon. It is very well chaptered. If your DVD has a programmable play feature, it's easy to split up the workouts so you don't have to do over an hour (Precision Toning) or forty minutes (Precision Sculpting). Some of my favorite combinations are: the upper body work from PS combined with the side kicks from PT; the matwork/Method Toning (minus the side kicks) from PT; and Toning Essentials from PT and the pelvic lifts/ballet segments from PS. And while figuring out the specific titles/chapters on some DVDs can be a nightmare, this is pretty straightforward: Title 1 is PT, Title 2 is PS, and the chapters for each segment are numbered on the title menu they provide.Though some may already have other Pilates workouts (even other Jennifer Kries workouts) I still recommend this tape. The side kicks segment alone is worth the money- I could not believe how much my thighs and buttocks burned the first time I did her sequence, and I'd been a Pilates "veteran" for quite some time.One final comment: when these two workouts were first released, everyone kept going on about how they were "fusion" workouts, combining Pilates, dance and yoga. Having done them, I can guarantee that they are almost completely straight up Pilates (with a little dance thrown in at the end of Precision Sculpting). Yes, we do use Child's Pose a few times, but that move has been used in "pure" Pilates practices for years. Not that this takes anything away from the workouts- I just wouldn't want someone to be disappointed by the lack of yoga on this DVD."
The Pilates Workout to Begin With And Grow With
dnk | 04/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was surprised by the somewhat negative reviews here. I love this workout. It has two sections. In the first section, Jennifer is very descriptive of all the moves and also talks through modifications. The 2nd section is all the moves at a faster pace and also includes the "side series". As you become more adept at performing these moves, you use the 1st segment as a warm-up and then complete the 2nd segment. I never tire of this workout and no matter how well I can now do Pilates, I always come back to this workout and find her tips and techniques applicable. It's like hiring a 1:1 personal trainer. After doing this workout only three times, you will notice a major difference in your strength and you will be hooked on Pilates! I highly recommend this DVD."
Noticeable Results after 5 Workouts!!
AJ | Columbus, OH USA | 09/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After 5 workouts (3x precision toning, 2x precision sculpting) my abdominal wall was noticeably stronger & flatter and my butt already had a "lift" to it. I was "very" skeptical of pilates as I was a traditional cardio/weights lady, but I have been raving non-stop about this dvd b/c of how surprisingly "effective" it turned out to be for me. 2nd time doing the workouts proved to be more difficult b/c I had already become familiar enough with it to start concentrating on moves & form. Definitely recommend this to any skeptic out there trying pilates for the 1st time. Bonus for me: works on my flexibility at the same time it tones me. This is great b/c I have NEVER been flexible."
If it's not hard enough. . .
AJ | 12/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
". . . you're not doing ir correctly, according to Joseph Pilates. I agree that the negative reviews here are unwarrented. I have had several Pilates tapes/DVDs AND I have used a certified personal trainer. I am fit and limber -- but I still sweat to this video. Perhaps the problem is not that the video is too easy, but that Kris does not stress enough that you have to be very precise with your movements (or that it's too easy for viewers to skip over that part -- particularly on the DVD version). I've never had a problem with her explainations, but maybe that's because I have had the benefit of one-on-one training. It's a great video for use between trips to the gym/studio. If you know what you're doing, you can use it as a guide and advance your movements according to your level -- even use equipment -- without being distracted by "exciting" graphics and music. But only if you're serious. If you're looking for a hand-holding video, you might want to look at something else."
Alison J. Hoye | Carmel, IN United States | 02/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was getting tired of my workouts(consisting of weight training/running)and thought I'd give Pilates a try. AT FIRST, I didn't find the workout challenging but there a few things I wasn't doing to maximize my results. (i.e. keeping heels off the floor when in sit-up positions-this enagages the quads continuously). Those of you that say it is not challenging are not performing the exercises correctly or not fully engaging the muscles(which takes a lot of mental concentration). I'm very happy with this DVD and encourage those who are not to give another try with the above mentioned in mind. You won't be disappointed."