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Pilates: Beginning Mat Workout

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    Instructional DVD starring Ana Caban
    Practice Level: beginner

    About this Video
    "Remember what Joseph Pilates said," instructor Ana Caban says. "'You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.'" Pilates has become very popular and for good reason. By working the core muscles (the abdominal and back muscles in the center of your body) you improve strength and posture and develop a lean, long line.

    Certified Pilates instructor Ana Caban is a splendid teacher. First she demonstrates alignment and technique for 10 minutes, explaining the cue words you will hear and how to do the basics, emphasizing how to use the core muscles to strengthen the abdominals and back throughout the workout. Then she introduces a challenging 20-minute series of Pilates moves, instructing clearly, demonstrating beautifully, and continuing to advise you about technique, breathing, and form.

    Even though this is a beginning Pilates workout, Pilates is never easy, so these moves will feel extremely difficult if you're new to this kind of exercise. For example, you learn to hold your abs tight whatever move you're doing, and you move only the muscles you're working at the moment, using your stabilizing muscles to hold the rest of the body still (much harder than it sounds!). Another participant demonstrates modifications throughout in case Caban's moves are too difficult or your muscles fatigue. If you've been wanting to explore Pilates and you're willing to put in the effort and concentration, this video gets our top rating.

    The DVD features the Pilates Beginning Mat Workout, plus a bonus workout (12-minute Pilates Energy Boost Workout) and an in-depth interview with instructor Ana Caban.

    About this Instructor
    Award-winning, certified Pilates instructor, Ana Caban is a professional dancer who turned to Pilates for empowerment and injury rehabilitation. Ana and her video have been featured in The CBS News, Weight Watchers Magazine, The Los Angeles Daily News and The Miami Herald.

    Language: English & Spanish
    Region: Region 1 (US & Canada Only)
    Number of Discs: 1 DVD, playing 60 minutes
    UPC#: 029956313408
    ASIN# B00005M1XE
    Release Date: 2002
    On the Cover: cover pictures may vary

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