"I've been doing Yoga daily for 9 years and just recently started to have an interest in incorporating Pilates into my practice.
I bought the Stott four DVD beginners set and just finished doing this Basic DVD a few minutes ago (literally :)).
I found that Moira gave excellent instruction while keeping the routine flowing. The sequence of exercises definitely engaged my core and I felt strengthened throughout my entire body. This is not a super intense workout but rather one that is going to introduce you to some of the basic exercises to use as a building block to move further into Pilates. Even if you are in good shape but haven't done Pilates before, it's likely that you will "meet" your core muscles in a way that you haven't before :)
I've been trying out some different Pilates DVD's and Videos from my library (in addition to buying a few others besides this set). There is no doubt that of those I've tried this is the best one for really getting acclimated with the basic Pilates principles and exercises.
I didn't feel at all strained (thanks to her alignment details) and the instructions were crystal clear without being overexplained (I've checked out some DVD's that were more like lectures with an occasional exercise thrown in which would make them hard to work with on a regular basis).
Because the routine had a steady flow, I never lost awareness of my core and found that my body stayed warmed-up.
Another plus is that it's only 20 minutes longs so it's very easy to fit in either on a busy day as a sole workout or as a prelude to doing another activity such as Yoga or walking etc.
I'm looking forward to trying the other DVD's in the set because I'm very impressed with this one!
As an introduction to pilates in DVD form, it can't be beat.
Twark Main | 10/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best ways to get into anything is slowly, and that's the genius of this DVD. You have an obvious expert (Moira Stott) who is very good at explaining and demonstrating, and who has a very kind and patient demeanour. You have a simple 20 minute workout, one that will challenge you (I could not complete it the first time around, but I'm really out of shape), but not wear you out or frustrate you. Also, you don't need anything more to do it than a simple mat. This is an introduction DVD, and it does it's job excellently.
Much better than, say, the annoying Pilates for Dummies DVD."
Ellen Weaver | Maryland USA | 12/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was totally new to Pilates when I purchased this video, but have now been doing Pilates quite seriously for a couple of months. This video hooked me. I like Moira Stott's style and method of giving instruction. I still use some of the warm-up moves she gives to demonstrate the basic principles of PIlates. Pilates is a very different kind of exercise than anything I had done before -- with its emphasis on control and precision as opposed to either "throwing your body around" or high-reps. The moves are deceptively difficult to do well, so this short workout with not too many moves (and with some modifications to make them more approachable) is a very good idea -- I think it is a good way to see if this form of exercise is for you.
Exactly what I was looking for!
Kiki Von Pants | 05/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This beginner level DVD is perfect for the newbie or those getting back into shape after taking time off from fitness. It is a no-nonsense, basic, easy-to-follow 30 minute pilates routine that for me produced a light burn (which I hadn't expected!) The teacher is calm and pleasant and easy to understand, the music is not overwhelming, and there is no hippy dippy BS to roll your eyes through. MY only wish is that there were more than one workout available on the DVD. It is what it is, which is a wonderful thing!"
An enjoyable introduction to Pilates.
Lizabeth S. | Pennsylvania, United States | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having never done Pilates before, I was unsure what to expect when I popped this DVD into the player. I was pleasantly surprised to find a detailed introduction to Pilates packed into a nice little workout.
The fairly short length of this DVD is nice for two reasons. First, it is not an overwhelming introduction to Pilates, which can be a little daunting considering how many moves there are to learn for this form of exercise. Second, this is a handy workout for days when you don't have time for something lengthier. Combine this DVD with a little running or walking, and you'll feel refreshed.
Moira Stott is a gentle and engaging instructor, which is one more reason why those curious about Pilates should give this DVD a try! Enthusiastically I recommend this disc! "