Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10
Rated 1 out of 5 by kjPort don't waste your money or time
I got this DVD to help with recovery from a broken ankle. Years ago I got a pilates DVD for thesame purpose - to aid in broken ankle recovery. I loved the workout as it allowed me to stretch and get some low to nonimpact cardio while stuck on crutches. But this DVD is nothing like a workout and way too easy. Each exercise is over before it's begun.The instructor spends forever telling you how to do the exercise slowly, then she races through the rest of it at lightning speed but only for a couple of sets!
Have confidence in yourself and get an intermediate DVD, not this beginner one.
April 17, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Skya Good Start
The explanations on this DVD are excellent. The level is a good place to begin and to grow a bit in your Pilates skills. As with any program with good explanations, the narrative gets a bit repetitive after you have used the DVD for a while, but I'd still definitely recommend this DVD.
January 1, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by reggediechs Great for beginners
I purchased this DVD about 3 months ago and I have to say I am very, very impressed with it. Before I bought it, I was not only a beginner to pilates, but a beginner to working out. However, the routines presented make pilates possible even for someone as inexperienced as me. Following the student, Tara, has allowed me to increase my core strength and I can feel the positive impact it has had on my body.
Ana Caban's style makes it as fun and easy as it can be. She is energetic and explains herself well, without being over-the-top "peppy". It's true that there is a lot of talking throughout the Beginning Mat Workout, and it can be somewhat frustrating when you just want to get to the next exercise. Overall, though, it's not enough to stop me from recommending this DVD and giving it a superb rating.
In my opinion, this is definitely worth the money.
April 2, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by stayathomemom Challenging and Fun Workout for Beginners
Ana Caban is my favorite Gaiam instructor and this DVD shows why! She makes the work out fun, never boring, and her perfect form and figure give the viewer something to aspire to. The DVD offers many variations to positions to account for varying levels of fitness, flexibility and stamina. Your goal is to eventually follow Ana instead of her helper Tara. The included interview with Ana is fascinating and very inspiring. Be sure to watch it. Ana quotes Joseph Pilates: In 10 work outs you'll feel better, in 20 you'll look better, in 30 you'll have a completely new body. I'm on my way to seeing if they are right!
September 15, 2008