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What is the best pilates DVD that is recommended for a bigginer?

Sat. Dec 30, 8:44am

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As a beginner, I bought Kathy Smith Pilates for Abs and Pilates for Lower Body dvds. She does a good job explaining how to engage the powerhouse while doing the exercises. I try to do the dvds once a week, and I have definitely noticed a difference in my core strength. I heard Cathe Freiderich also has a good one.

There were some other pilates threads in the community a while ago - just do a search for them. They had a lot of good information - that is how I decided which dvd to buy. Good luck!

Saturday, December 30, 2006, 10:28 AM

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If your stomach is very big, you'll find a lot of Pilates DVDs really uncomfortable - I could almost hear my organs complaining about being squished. I found mat classes at the gym much better until I dropped from a 40" waist to a 36" waist -- now I can do the DVDs.

Crunch's Fat-burning Pilates is like a low-impact cardio workout using moves adapted from Pilates. It's not terribly Pilates-like, but I enjoy it.

Saturday, December 30, 2006, 2:26 PM

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I REALLY like CardioPilates w/ Ana Cabon. I think it teaches you well if you kind of know the moves (I knew some of the stuff from yoga). I also found Ana to be not as annoying as the Windsor pilates lady. But, the workout is somewhat low impact, and there's enough pauses to not quit early. The first 30 mins is pilates, then there's a 20 min low impact workout.

Saturday, December 30, 2006, 2:39 PM

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I am a beginner and I like Pilates for dummies.

Saturday, December 30, 2006, 2:44 PM

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I have a dvd called 10 mihute solution/pilates...there are 5 different 10 minute workouts that focus on different parts of the body. You can shuffle them and choose what ones you want and in what order, and customize your workout. The only ones I have trouble with are some of the ab exercises, but it gives me a goal to work up to. I still try to do them the best I can. I love this workout, and my teenage daughters do it with me. It really improves flexibility and balance as well as strength.

Sunday, December 31, 2006, 7:38 AM

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Mari Winsor has a good one. Just look up "Winsor Pilates." It's tough, but worth it if you stick with it.

Sunday, December 31, 2006, 8:07 AM

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