12.19.07 - 05:44pm
Let’s start with the good points: Karen Voight’s Total Body Pilates DVD is well organized and easy to navigate. There is a beginning section which breaks down what each section of the DVD does - this part even has demos! She even specifies which kinds of equipment (thicker mats for spine protection) you [...]
12.19.07 - 05:42pm
Though I am an avid fan of the Stott Pilates videos for their clear and well structured workouts that produce results, I was disappointed in this video. This DVD is comprised of two main sections: a cardio section and a pilates section that follows.
The cardio section involves an action called “pilates walking” which is [...]
12.19.07 - 05:40pm
Though Mari Winsor (founder of Winsor Pilates) teaches this workout DVD, she does not demonstrate the exercises - Mari has several pilates students demonstrate the workout that she gives. This workout is very quick and at an advanced level. There is not as much time spent on principles and breathing.
My Favorite thing: [...]
12.19.07 - 05:37pm
Ana Caban’s Beginning Mat workout DVD is clearly divided into three sections: A 10 minute intro, pilates exercises, and an energy boost section. The introduction provides information about what effects pilates has on the body, pilates principles, common terms heard throughout a pilates workout, and what you need in a workout. The energy [...]
12.19.07 - 05:34pm
The Stott Pilates Intermediate DVD takes first place for its clarity and ability to teach via video, instead of being merely a follow-along session. Going without an elaborate backdrop and setting, the focus is on making sure viewers understand the pilates basic principles and how to integrate them into each and every pilates exercise.
The proper [...]
12.19.07 - 05:30pm
I was pleasantly surprised with the Pilates workout for Dummies DVD video. This video is clearly organized and has a beginning section dedicated specifically to principles. In this video the backdrop is minimal and Michelle Dozois speaks slowly to allow for a beginner level student to keep up with her.
My favorite part: There [...]
11.04.07 - 10:58pm
Move over Step Aerobics and Atkins Diet - pilates is taking over the limelight. Pilates has gained a lot of attention -and hype - in the last few years but…isn’t it the same thing as yoga? Why has pilates caught on and does it have staying power?
Here are eight common beliefs about pilates, some [...]
09.08.07 - 07:23pm
If you’re JUST looking to lose weight - pilates is NOT the most efficient method. Pilates is a unique form of exercise that has many benefits. These benefits are most efficiently achieved by practicing pilates. Weight loss is not one of these “most efficient” benefits.
Pilates is unique in that it changes your body [...]
07.28.07 - 11:50pm
These muscles are comprised of four muscles:
Together these muscles form a girdle spanning from the front of the torso to the back, up into the ribs and down into the pelvis. This abdominal wall not only helps to stabilize the abdominal region, but also the whole body.
The deepest layer [...]
07.24.07 - 03:37am
How to Pick a Pilates Video
A method vs. an individual putting out a video will tend to be more legitimate (Stott Pilates vs. Denise Austin)
If an individual, do research. What are his/her credentials? Are they certified?
Clear description of the pilates principles
Constant referral back to the principles on as many exercises as possible
Cuing speed. [...]