Rated 5 out of 5 by jrivas Great Video!
I bought this video to use with a friend of mine on our "off" days of Pilates. We really love it, we both have some issues with our knees. The exercises in the video work to strengthen the muscles around the knees, so you are getting a great workout that you can really feel, without hurting your knees. I haven't done the exercises enough to notice a difference with my knee strength, but I know I will when I start doing them more. I did notice my leg muscles feeling VERY worked both times I watched it. It seriously targets the hamstrings & quads. I also really like Chantal, she is very down to earth and easy to watch. She also does a good job of demonstrating the different muscles & how they affect the knees. I would definitely buy another one of her videos.
January 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 really solid PT/rehab video
I have had two knee surgeries - ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair, and a micro-fracture surgery to repair my cartilage, both in the left knee. I have been through a ton of PT. The exercises in this video are exactly the exercises I started with at the Hospital for Special Surgery's PT department in New York City. As I got stronger, other exercises were added. However, I let myself go and stopped my exercises, resulting in a very weak left leg, stiff hips, and pain in the knee cap when going up and down stairs. The exercises on this video, the form the women keep while doing them, and the reserved and sincere encouragement by Ms. Donnelly made me feel as though I was in a proper PT course with a qualified, trained professional. Really, superb video. I have to say that I have seen other videos - yoga, pilates, meditation, dance/fitness - and the instructors on most annoy me, somehow seeming somewhat forced or insincere. I don't know why that comes across but for me it does. Ms. Donnelly is the exact antithesis - she clearly is empathetic and encouraging, as well as knowledgeable and professional. Really, I am so impressed. Thank you for putting this together - I think I can get range of motion and muscle mass & strength back by starting this program, as though I was starting PT again. Really, thanks for this great DVD!
December 23, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by deeb knees
As far as I can determine from the content description, this is the same DVD that Gaiam sold with a different picture on the cover. The cover I have shows a woman in athletic shoes, white shorts and lavender top with hands on her hips, doing a forward-step with right leg forward, left leg back, lunge. It annoys me that Gaiam repackages their "old" DVDs without indicating that anywhere in the material. I have in the past unknowingly purchased duplicate material because of that. This particular "knee" DVD is, I think, identical to that previous one and if so, I like it! It has been a clear, safe, smart program for knee health and even one with "bad" knees can do it and will likely find improvement through doing it routinely. Nice program by Chantal Donnelly (the one I have), very well done, effective. Recommend it!
August 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by thecleaner Strong Knees
The exercises in this video work, but the production is poor and the video does not flow well. Setting up your own routine is cumbersome. Chantel comes off as though she needs some "in front of camera" lessons (or maybe a better writer). I find her slightly irritating. (hehe ha ha great job guys) However I have used these excercises and have felt the benefits, I have memorized them and get done with the routine in half the time it takes the video to get me through it. So I say buy the video, learn the exercises and stretches and then give it to a friend. If you do this routine 3 times a week like you should, you won't need the video after a couple weeks.
June 18, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by MichaelC The set-designer should be fired!
I like to take Gaiam DVD's with me when I travel for business. Usually that requires that I watch them on my laptop. With this video that is impossible. The girls in the video are wearing dark green pants and dark brown tops against a backdrop of a dark mat and a very dark room. This may sound like a simple annoyance, but unless your looking straight at the screen on a certain angle all you get are shadows. All you can see are feet, faces and hands. I had the same result when I tried to watch it at home. You're trying to do the exercises which requires you to be lying on the floor, holding onto a chair or leaning against a wall. So you can never be directly in front of the screen! Also the wall exercises require that you slide your back up and down a wall. Easy enough if you have the slick varnished wood support beams in the video. If you have paint or wallpaper or the slightest bit of perspiration good luck. I guess the solution would be a balance ball, but then why not just buy a balance ball video? Most of these exercises can be found in any Pilates video. I won't "not" recommend it only because she does some good explanation of the muscle groups and overall the exercises would seem to be beneficial and I only paid $15. But I was by no means blown away or that impressed. I would highly recommend if you or going to make a video like this you take into consideration that the person really needs to see how the exercises are performed and what muscle groups are being incorporated!
May 16, 2011