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Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
NR     2002     1hr 55min

Pilates is the fastest growing fitness trend - and it's no wonder: Pilates produces visible and lasting results. Learn the basics of this popular workout in Pilates for Beginners with certified fitness instructor and maste...  more »

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Creator: Jillian Hessel
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Pilates
Studio: Gaiam
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/05/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is terrific for anyone new to Pilates or for those who want to improve their form. Jillian Hessel does a great job explaining pilates breathing and teaching the fundamentals. Pilates is one of those things that is hard to learn without a live instructor, but this DVD comes close for those who can't afford live instruction or don't have it near them."
A great start
David A. Cabral | Boston, MA USA | 07/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I started Palates last year with the "Beginning Mat Workout" with Anna Caban. It was great. I came across this DVD a few months back and decided that it would be nice to have two DVDs so that I can alternate, rather than watching the same one over and over. This DVD is a bit easier than Anna's, but great just the same with three levels to follow. I have moved on to the intermediate DVD with Anna Caban and I hope that Jillian Hessel considers putting out an intermediate DVD as well. Oh, one more very important factor, this DVD has an actual MAN performing the exercises with Jillian. As a man myself, it was very refreshing to see that Pilates is not just for women."
Very informative but, annoying mat workout
r. mills | los angeles | 07/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, Pilates is complicated, posture is very important along with breathing and holding in some body parts while extending others.

I did weights for years and was just sick of them. I went to a Pilates studio just to check it out. I signed up for private sessions for 4 months, it was fantastic but, very expensive. I was forced to stop most exercises for 3 months after an injury. So, when I put this DVD on it was like starting over. But, I thought it would all come back to me. And, it did sort of.

Even though I think this DVD is informative I found the instructor a bit annoying as I hated every level quickly blurted out for each exercise. After being in a Pilates studio with private instructors I discovered there are very small movements to concentrate on and form is everything so, with 3 levels being done at once I found it very distracting.

I don't think this is a good way to start out again. Or start out at all. I am now looking for DVD's that show each level of instruction separately. Believe me, paying for 3 great videos is better than one video with everything crammed into one. I bought this DVD because it said , "Pilates for BEGINNERS" if it's for beginnners then why did someone decide to have the instructor blurt out levels 1, 2, 3 for each exercise at the same time? -( ANNOYING.

Pilates is much more complicated than weights and if you want to do it right it's a big commitment, which I don't mind making. There are so many things to remember and then forget feel like a private instructor is in your living room I think a slightly slower pace with better visual and verbal queues would be much more useful and informative and effective.

Bottom line is that mat workout felt like a bad, 3 way phone conversation.

r mills
I thought it was great!!
snuggybrinks | Canada | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am surprised at the other reviews, as I thought this DVD was great! It was the first one that I tried, and maybe That was why I enjoyed the in depth instruction. I thought it was great that there were 3 different levels included, and I thought that jillian hessler was a triffic instructor. The props used really do help to isolate the proper muscles and since buying them I have enjoyed my workouts even more. This DVD has even prompted me to buy more of the Gaiam series! I love the outdoor locations and soothing music ( I think that that is why they are not smiling, they are focusing on their breathing and centering...I found it to be quite relaxing and soothing.)
I am a real beginner, and feel good in the fact that I can take this one product and advance through it to the advanced level.
It gets an A+ from me!
PS- I also had no technical problems...maybe they have fixed them since the last reviewers bought theirs??"