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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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • 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

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

434 of 442 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Nielsen on 31 Jan 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Convery on 29 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
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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290 of 307 people found the following review helpful By babs on 2 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
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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253 of 279 people found the following review helpful By M. Caitlin Hayes on 10 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
I'm quite a fan of this dvd and in fact, I think it's the best available.

The workout is complete, well explained, and easy to follow. Someone mentioned in their review that Darcey doesn't tell you when to switch sides, but they failed to mention that once each exercise has been explained, she DOES verbally tell you how many reps to do on each side. She is also changing sides herself on screen. With no offense meant to the reviewer mentioned, I think one would have to be rather dim not to follow along and change sides properly. The complete workout is great for thorough toning, and the mini workout is impressive too. Although short, the exercises really give a great concise workout for the days when I'm on the go. The menu layout is divided nicely for those who might not want to do the entire workout but focus on specific areas instead, such as arms, abs, etc. Aesthetically, the dvd is relaxing and refreshingly taseteful. It has a sleek, contemporary look that is minimalist (thank goodness no flashy colours and annoying distractions in the background!). The classical music is relaxing and provides a subtle accompaniment to Darcey's instructions. The only reason I give this review four stars instead of five is that the warm down looks a bit of a sloppy afterthought. For those who don't have a background in dance/yoga/exercise, it is rushed and insufficient. However, even for an absolute beginner, I wouldn't hestitate to recommend this dvd! Just be sure to do a few more minutes of relaxed (not hurried!)stretching on your own. Great buy!!!!
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278 of 309 people found the following review helpful By Dendera on 15 July 2006
Format: DVD
Ms Bussell's appearance and movement are an inspiration and education to anyone hoping to improve in Pilates or any bodywork. To watch this DVD is like watching and anatomy of movement class. You can learn so much about how the body is positioned and is supposed to work when doing the pilates exercises.

But this is a programme for the already decently fit, or people with a dance background. It follows the classic Pilates routines and offers some (little) adjustments for beginners, but not really adjustments for people who turn to Pilates for rehabilitation from injury or postpartum. As there are so many such people about these days (me included), I believe it is important to mention that. There are even some moves that could be damaging to certain injuries that bring people to Pilates for relief, and Ms Bussell's monologue and instruction are very, very light on basic stabilisation and positioning.

In short, this is a beautiful DVD to watch, educational. And it is suitable for those with weaknesses and instabilities who are already initiated into general exercise, bodywork or other movement disciplines.

But I cannot recommend it to the true beginner who needs more instruction on technique than is forthcoming here, or to those with clinical complaints looking for relief.
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