Pilates for Beginners Reviews

Pilates for Beginners

Pilates for Beginners

4 mix-and-match body-sculpting workouts Get a sleek physique with this simple Pilates program! This beautiful program is the perfect place to start if you’re new to Pilates. In four easy-to-follow segments, you’ll learn–and do–all the basic Pilates mat techniques designed to tighten and tone your entire body. Pilates focuses on core strength, flexibility, and alignment as it lengthens and sculpts your muscles. With step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn the proper form, technique, a

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  1. 49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More Like 4 1/2 Stars!, January 14, 2010

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    This workout features two ten-minute routines and two twenty-minute workouts. I would say the moves range from very basic (step-by-step instruction, might feel a little slow for someone with a little experience but it still keeps you moving) to basic (moves aren’t performed quite as slow) to advanced beginner (adequate instruction but much less broken down; exercise becomes progressively more challenging).

    Throughout the video, Kristin shows you how to “cheat” by holding the backs of your thighs or bending your knees for some of the moves then she may ask you to do one last challenge and try full versions of the exercise. She also gives you a break between most exercises but it’s in the form a stretch so you don’t feel like you’re wasting time.

    All workouts start in a seated position, so for those who aren’t quite flexible or brand spanking new to Pilates, you might want to do a little warm-up to get those muscles limber before you get started.

    Workouts (in order on DVD):

    Core Warm-up (10 Minutes–Very Basic): Seated “100,” “100” (with a breakdown of how to the exercise then an actual performance of the exercise), roll-up, spine stretch, saw, twist

    Core Connection (10 Minutes–Basic): Single toe taps, double toe taps, arm circles, “the bug”, single leg plie bends (right side), leg circles (right side), repeat last of the two exercises on the left, bridge, bridge with leg extensions, double leg plie bends

    Foundation Work (20 Minutes–Basic to Advanced Beginner): Single leg stretch, double leg stretch, single leg straight leg stretch, double leg straight leg stretch, criss cross (a.k.a. bicycle crunches), “rolling like a ball”, tick-tock, hip thrusts(these are pretty hard), double leg circles, “open leg rocker”, back kicks, “Ballerina Butt Lift”, heel beats, neck pull, half neck pull, half neck pull with a twist, “shaving”, single leg teaser, full teaser

    Strong Backside: (20 Minutes–Basic to Advanced Beginner): Leg circles, leg lifts, kicks, bicycles, taps, inner thigh leg circles, inner thigh leg lifts, the clam, mermaid stretch, spinal twist, hip stretch, Can-Can (4 variations), repeat of leg series through hip stretch), “Little Piece of Heaven” (a child’s pose/push up combo), back lifts, “swimming”, an arm/leg stretch in a tabletop position

    Bonus Features: A Pilates Workout Tips Booklet with Bonus Moves cards (moves are different from what are on the DVD, meant to be used as in addition to this DVD), Pilates Tutorial (about 5 minutes–shows how to achieve a neutral pelvis and Pilates “V” both in the standing and seated positions; she uses the “100” as an sample exercise), 10 minute segment from Exhale: Core Fusion Pilates Plus (Thighs & Glutes), a 5 minute segment from Weight Loss Pilates (the first 5 minutes of Flow 1), and a biography of Kristin McGee

    What I liked:

    1. There is plenty of variety with these workouts, virtually no repeats from one workout segment to the next.

    2. The upper body is not neglected so you get a total body workout (“shaving” is a new fav of mine for the triceps).

    3. Kristin is very personable and gives good instruction.

    4. The work outs are customizable (think the 10-Min Solutions DVDs)

    5. Some pretty cool extras!!

    What I didn’t like:

    1. I would have liked there to be an actual warm-up for these workouts.

    2. Some of the moves that require you lift yourself up (i.e. the hip thrusts and double leg circle) might prove a bit too hard for a beginner.

    But all in all, a pretty solid workout.

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  2. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Program, September 23, 2009
    Del Ray Guy (Alexandria, VA) –

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    I just saw the great article in USA Today and that reminded me to write a review. This is a great beginner’s program with some challenging moves that I look forward to being able to do. I know it’s good because I can still feel it just a little bit the next day. Kristin’s personality is engaging and not too perky. As a healthy but not very flexible guy, I’m very picky about my fitness DVDs, and I know this is a good one for both men and women.

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