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Old 08-16-2007, 01:24 AM
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Pilates DVD suggestion?

Okay, I wanna venture in2 the world of pilates...my gym not only charges extra 4 the classes, but the time isn't very convenient 4 me. I would like to buy a DVD so I can do the exercises @home. What DVDs would u suggest? I'm decently flexible but have never done pilates or other stretching types of exercises before (e.g., yoga). Ideally, if the DVD could be found at my local Target or Wal-Mart, that'd work out best 4 me (versus ordering off Amazon or something like that)...
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Windsor Pilates. Although I find Mauri (Mari? Maurie?) Windsor kind of irritatingly cheerful, I was pretty happy with the results (when I committed myself to it). I have only seen them on TV though, and I'm going to refrain from encouraging you to download them through torrents or something because I think that's against forum rules.
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:42 PM
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windsor...kay, i'll look for it today (as well as stop at NR to check out the crwns 4 u...)
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windsor...kay, i'll look for it today (as well as stop at NR to check out the crwns 4 u...)
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I really like my Winsor Pilates DVDs. Yes, she's a bit too cheerful, but heck the workout is great!
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i recommend taking a class a few times first if you can afford it...only because in a good class the instructor can point out little things that you can improve on.

this is key with pilates because so much of it is focused really deep in your muscles and small movements.

i found that once someone corrected me, i had more success doing it by myself at home.

and yes, windsor is great. i take it you don't get "fittv" because they air some pretty good pilates programs.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:58 PM
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Pilates for Dummies is awesome!
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:45 AM
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[QUOTE=zoki;439036]i recommend taking a class a few times first if you can afford it...only because in a good class the instructor can point out little things that you can improve on.

this is key with pilates because so much of it is focused really deep in your muscles and small movements.

i found that once someone corrected me, i had more success doing it by myself at home.

and yes, windsor is great. i take it you don't get "fittv" because they air some pretty good pilates programs.[/QUOTE]



hmmmm...good point about the instructor being present to help me along...i might have to look in2 that...

yeah, no fit tv here...at least not that i'm aware of (or maybe i need to upgrade my channels with my satellite provider).
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:32 AM
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Windsor Pilates. Although I find Mauri (Mari? Maurie?) Windsor kind of irritatingly cheerful, I was pretty happy with the results (when I committed myself to it). I have only seen them on TV though, and I'm going to refrain from encouraging you to download them through torrents or something because I think that's against forum rules.
I ordered them off of the windsor pilates website. I got a new one every 2 months. If you would like to buy some of the ones I never opened, PM me!! They are awesome DVD's!
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:32 PM
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i really want a pilates dvd, too. during the school year i can't go to class because of school/rehearsals/work so being able to have a mat and a workout on my own time would be soo awesome!
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Hey... I'm wayyyyyyy serious about Pilates... I actually go to the studio and get workouts on the apparatus with awesome instructors (which is great... I recommend doing that). I've been going to the studio for over 2 years (or is it 3... I can't remember) now...

In addition to the studio work, I have spent ALOT of time performing the exercises at home, often with DVDs.

So... as far as DVDs go...


I found that the Gaiam ones with Ana Caban are good intros, she is very careful about how she explains things, and there lots of modifications for beginners.
Amazon.com: Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout: DVD: Ana Caban
Amazon.com: Pilates Intermediate Mat Workout: DVD: Caban
more advanced but a great workout (once you've mastered the basics...):
Amazon.com: Pilates: Abs Workout: DVD: Ana Cabán



I have found some of the Stott Pilates DVDs to be very good. The instructor explains every excercise very very thoroughly, and there are a lot of warm up excercises (not in traditional Pilates) that really help you understand how the exercises work. There are two different lines, "Pilates Express" and "Pro Series". The Pro Series is great, that's what I have and recommend; I had some of the "Pilates Express" DVDs and I gave them away.. I didn't find them useful.
Pro Series:
Amazon.com: STOTT PILATES: Essential Matwork: DVD: Moria Merrithew,Diane Akam
Amazon.com: STOTT PILATES: Intermediate Matwork: DVD: Moira Merrithew,Diane Akam
Amazon.com: STOTT PILATES: Advanced Matwork 2nd Ed.: DVD: Moira Merrithew,Diane Akam


For a technical intro try the Classical Pilates Method DVD . It really is a great DVD, but it moves quickly, so you have to watch it at least once before you try most of it. Pilates instructors LOVE this one. There is no instructor in the frame, just someone performing the exercises and a voice over describing it.
Amazon.com: Classical Pilates Technique - The Complete Mat Workout Series English & Spanish (Modified Basic / Basic / Intermediate / Advanced / Super Advanced): DVD: Peter Fiasca


As far as Winsor Pilates... Mari kinda freaks me out... and the Pilates instructors I've talked to dislike her for one reason or another. I have had a few of her DVDs and I tossed them or gave them away....

Oh... you should check out this book:
Amazon.com: The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body--Without Machines: Books: Brooke Siler
It is the BEST book you can find for explaining the excercises, and sometimes it helps to read another description of the excercises to get it right.



Gaiam DVDs are available everywhere... Target, Barnes & Noble, some drug stores even.... I've seen Stott Pilates at Barnes and Noble, but I don't remember if there was any of the Pro Series there.


Hehe, that was long... as you can see I like Pilates.....
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:59 PM
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Pilates is great. I used to do it regularly with the Winsor dvds but fell out of the habit. I never took a class and I still saw great results. That's not to say you shouldn't take a class, but either way I think you will get results as long as you follow the instructions closely.
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My mom has the Windsor and she loves it- but she has also taken classes. I personally cannot use DVD's- I like to have an instructor there to correct, etc, because i tend to not be as discplined on my own.
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Bizzy, you must be a Pilates goddess! I love Pilates, and have been taking classes at the Y for the last 2 years, on and off. It's a cheap option, and some of the instructors are very knowledgable, some not so much. But having an real live teacher is much more helpful than following a video, since small changes in your form can make a big difference in how effective it is. So, if possible, take a few classes in person and then do the videos.

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thanks for all the wonderful suggestions everyone! pilates toned bod...here i come!!!!!!!!!!!!
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