Pilates Workout for Dummies with Michelle Dozois

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 are descriptive icons which pop up throughout the workout to help a beginner student stay focussed. These icons are also beneficial for the more advanced beginner/low intermediate student. The icons used are:

  1. Jargon Alert
  2. Myth Buster
  3. Helpful Hints
  4. Beware of Common Mistakes
  5. Remember

Drawbacks: I really love how this video is laid out and how she tries to give as much information as possible - but there isn’t an intermediate version. For an intermediate or advanced student, this video has too slow of a pace and does not have enough material (only 18 exercises).

  • Pace - The pace is fairly slow to allow for the material to be absorbed; this is also due to the targeted level.
  • Level - Beginner
  • Clear breath cuing - The breath patterns are given clearly
  • Inclusion of pilates principles - The pop up icons help to reinforce the integration of the principles throughout the workout
  • Explanation of the goals of an exercise - The ideal movement of each exercise is clearly given
  • What you get out of doing an exercise - Inconsistent; this was not mentioned on every exercise.
  • Target muscles - Some of the basic target muscles of each exercise were mentioned.
  • Common errors in specific exercises - The pop up icon helped keep beginner level students in “good form.”

Pilates Workout for Dummies is a great gift for someone getting started in pilates or who has an interest in pilates - this video will give them a great foundation. However, they will eventually outgrow this starter video.

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The Conversation {1 comments}

  1. Suzann {Wednesday March 12, 2008 @ 11:00 am}

    Excellent review, thank you. I have a friend who’s interested in starting Pilates, and from your blog I think this DVD would be perfect for her. I’ll send your info on to her.

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