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Pilates: Beginning Mat Workout

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Ana is great!

I just received my DVD and I love it. I do feel energized and longer in body. I enjoy Ana Caban and her instruction very much. The session was over so quickly and was not complex. I look forward to gaining strength and slimming down. Thank you! MNM

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It makes me dizzy

Although Pilates is a proven approach to strengthening the abdomen and lower back, this video is a poor introduction. The Director must be a refugee from the 70's. The ''Shaft'' type soundtrack is laughable and as for the video - the colored filters, jump cuts, a...
Although Pilates is a proven approach to strengthening the abdomen and lower back, this video is a poor introduction. The Director must be a refugee from the 70's. The ''Shaft'' type soundtrack is laughable and as for the video - the colored filters, jump cuts, and ''artistic'' camera angles are enough to induce vertigo. Instructor Caban and assistant Tara are easy on the eyes but beginners would be better off taking classes at the gym to learn the technique and a rudimentary sequence of Pilates moves. Sorry Ana. Rich C

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great rehab workout

    I took a two-year hiatus from rigorous workouts after seriously injuring both legs from knee down--shins, achilles, ankles (don't ask). This workout not only enhances flexibility the length of my legs and into my ankles without stressing the ankles like an elastic band Pilates workout would, but also effectively works the muscles in my thighs, buns and abs, where I need it. This workout is an all around safe and effective choice for a true beginner or someone in need of rehab, like me. I give it only four stars, however, because of that breathing technique thing which someone earlier commented on--inhaling while exerting. I struggle with this because my inclination is to do the opposite throughout the workout. (I have never taken a Pilates class and this is my first exposure to Pilates instruction.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good basics for a beginner

    I started off with Winsor Pilates, but it was lacking in instruction. I bought this, and learned so much that I didn't know. It IS very basic, and shows you only a handful of moves (which is why I gave it 4 stars) but the moves are slow so that you can concentrate on what you are doing while you do it, therefore, doing it correctly. If you have had basic introduction to Pilates, I would skip this one and go on to the intermediate. If you are a beginner, then this is perfect for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Finally something that is for beginner's

    Ana Caban moved at a slow pace to give beginners a chance to learn the moves. After two weeks I noticed a big difference in my flexibiity and strength. Other tapes I tried were advanced and moved way too fast for a beginner. I would recommend this tape for beginners who want to learn the Pilates moves. I enjoyed the tape so much I ordered the Pilates Intermediate Mat Workout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True beginners can't go wrong

    Sorry,''Dissers''.... I researched and tried out several videos from my local library. This is a perfect beginning regimen. I am still nursing a sore back from attemping exercises in one of the other ''beginning'' workouts. This is my first workout routine, I am 40 years old, 5'7'' and 125lbs and have good flexibility.... this video is in no way too basic for me as a beginner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skip Beginners - Buy Intermediate

    This tape/DVD is the very basics of Pilates and worthwhile for the true beginner. It gives a lot of introduction before the workout begins. The workout itself is only 20 minutes. If you have taken even one live class, it will likely be too basic. Skip this one and just buy the Intermediate workout which is excellent and about the vigorousness level of a typical live class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    I love this DVD

    While a few of the moves make me feel just plain silly, this is a great workout for your ''core'' muscles as well as your upper thighs. The instructor Ana explains things really well and she has a sense of humor about the movements. All of the movements are offered in modified ways so that beginners without a lot of flexibility can participate. At the end of this workout I can feel it in my abs and I can already see the changes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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