Pilates For Life 2006

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International ballet star Darcey Bussell presents this guide to pilates, taking the viewer through warm-up routines, a variety of pilates techniques, plus routines designed to target specific parts of the body.

Starring:
Darcey Bussell
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Product Details

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  • Feature exempt
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Darcey Bussell
Genres Fitness
Studio EMI MUSIC
Rental release 13 March 2006
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Convery on 29 Feb. 2012
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I must say, I did read alot of the reviews about this DVD and was in two minds as to whether I should buy it. Most people either seemed to love it or hate it! However, although I am quite pleased with my purchase, I have not found the time to pratice as much as would have like (or is this an excuse?)Positive points: Well set out into sections, has warm up and warm down sessions, along with the main programme (approx 1hr split into abs, gluts, arms ect) and a short session(approx 20mins), which is handy. Very inspiring and beautiful to watch. On the negative side: as most people previously commented there is no instruction in relation to breathing during the DVD and with a yoga background I found this very disapointing. (I actually bought the book too and it does give clear instruction in relation to breathing, but it means reffering to the book during the excercises...defeats the purpose of the DVD!). Again, I would agree with some of the other comments, not sure if it suitable for complete novices, as again I do not feel that there is enough info on some of the excersices in relation to correct posture/positioning, counter positions and use of muscles. Initially I found that I kept going back to another pilates session (Angie Newton) for clearer instruction. Although Darcey admits that she is not a pilates instructer, she is certainly beautiful to watch. Perhaps for people with previous experience of pilates, or for thoses who also go to taught classes, then this is the DVD to keep you motivated.
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454 of 465 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Nielsen on 31 Jan. 2007
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Excellent! I highly reccomend this DVD. Darcey Bussell is a great example and inspiring teacher and the workout, even though disarmingly easy, is extremely effective! She is also very precise in her execution, which makes me confident that I am also learning it correctly. After 4 sessions, I can see and feel better tone and strength in my hips, pelvis, and abdomen. It's also helping my posture and balance. She has warm-up and warm-down sequences, and the choice of a 18 minute mini programme or the full 50 minute programme, which she recommends doing three times a week. After a day a the office, this DVD puts my body back together.
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298 of 317 people found the following review helpful By babs on 2 Nov. 2006
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I have a bad record for keeping motivated with exercise dvds at home, however, this one has me hooked. I noticed results after a couple of sessions and having done the exercises at least 3x a week for the last few months it really is transforming my shape - there is nothing quite like results to keep you motivated! I find the whole dvd is calming, almost like meditation and Darcy does not talk throughout the exercises. Now I am familiar with the routine I find I can get completely absorbed by each exercise. I have also started to appreciate classical music, at first I found the music choice quite depressing, now I find it quite beautiful!
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Excellent dvd, I had total knee replacement surgery and realignment of lower limb due to birth defects April '14. My physiotherapist recommended Pilates and I decided to buy a dvd before trying a local class. Based on other reviews I purchased Darceys. I have to say it is still early days and I started with the introduction, then the next day intro and warm up. Couple of days later warm up and mini program which helped with the movement in my knee joint and improved my posture. (yes after one session the knee degree bend increased movement by another 6 degrees without increasing pain!) I get tested weekly on joint movement degree of bend at my local hospital.
I then went on to full programme. I obviously skipped all kneeling exercises but did all side and ones laying on my back and sitting. I have since repeated the programme several times and it is still early days. However my limbs are toning and gaining strength back in the damaged limbs. My arms are toning (almost as a by product to my aim) The biggest difference is the fact it seems to help all wobbly bits wobble a lot less and improve the movement in my knee joint! It seems to help the swelling go down so now I am back in my skinny jeans. It also helped remove upper back pain that I have suffered since being home with zimmer then crutches post surgery. I should also point out, that I have started swimming again too but as can only swim when my husband can take me as can not get in and out of the pool safely yet without help yet, I am lucky to get there once a week.
This is a very relaxing dvd and no sweating! It has definitely improved my balance, strength, shape and pain management, but I use it on top of regular physiotherapy and swimming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By evalooda on 14 Sept. 2013
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I'm not really a fan of exercise and, being naturally slimmish, I've never really had to bother. But now that I can't get away with eating what I like and being lazy like I was in my 20s, I thought I'd give this DVD a try! After just a few sessions I noticed my stomach, bum and thighs were more toned, but more than anything else it makes you feel good! It's relaxing and clears your mind as well as making you feel healthy and less lethargic. My clothes fit better too :-)

From a position of never doing any exercise, I have felt my fitness improve greatly. I found at first I wasn't able to see all the exercises through without having to stop for a rest, but every time I do it I can do a little more, and now after 4 weeks I can do the whole thing along with Darcey!

The exercises are easy to follow, although she doesn't count for you so you do need to keep one eye on the screen at times. You can do any of the 6 areas in isolation- abdominals, stretching, four-point kneeling, prone, balancing & lifting, and arms- or run them all together. I tend to do the whole thing because it's quite enjoyable- with warm up and warm down it's a good hour and a half of exercise but it doesn't feel like it!

I highly recommend this to anyone- new to pilates or otherwise!
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