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.

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Darcey Bussell
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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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419 of 427 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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283 of 298 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lyn on 20 Aug 2012
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I am 55 years old and have wasted a lot of money over the years on exercise dvds but this is by far the best. Don't be put off by the fact that Darcy is a trained ballerina because she demonstrates the moves clearly and precisely. I have only used this dvd a few times but the chronic back pain that I usually suffer with has already eased. The stretches feel really lovely and the background music helps relaxation. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Fear on 25 July 2007
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As an ex dancer myself I was a little dubious about this DVD but reading the reviews here I decided to give it a try. I have to say it is brilliant. The exercises are clearly explained and easy to follow, and there is plenty of time to follow all instructions. The mini workout is great if you only have 20 mins to spare. Highly recommended.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By I. Jimenez on 8 May 2006
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I had never done pilates before, but have a great amount of respect for Ms Bussell that I thought I'd give it a go, and if I didn't like it then I would sell it on.

I was slightly worried when I first started off, but after just 3 weeks I've already lost weight, I feel completed de-stressed and I find it SO relaxing.

I have never been to a pilates class and due to shift work it's difficult for me to attend something on a regular basis so this DVD fits perfectly.

The warm up section is exactly 15 minutes - and it certainly warms you up. Each section within the main programme (there are 6) are 10 minutes each, with the exception of the legs section which is 20 minutes and the arm section which is about 5 minutes. The warm down is only 5 minutes, but focuses on the key areas, so doesn't need to be any longer.

I have personally recommended this DVD to friends and they find it more relaxing that anything, which for me is a key thing. You don't sweat as you would in a gym, and to begin with you think that it's not doing anything, but trust me...it is.

Thanks very much Darcey!
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By C. Sharp on 19 May 2006
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This is a really excellent Pilates DVD, both in presentation and in substance.

The presentation (of the main- and mini-programmes, warm up and warm down) is extremely attractive and induces a calm atmosphere (see other reviewers' comments). The exercises are clearly explained and easy to follow. I do not agree with other reviewers that the instruction is inadequate: I find it very thorough, and there is plenty of commentary. Contrary to Lise, below, I found that there was no need to stay glued to the screen after a couple of sessions doing the DVD - all it takes is a little concentration to begin with.

I found that there was enough detail about the core muscles to get me started, and to inspire me to find out more by extra reading and classes. No exercise DVD can be completely comprehensive, but this provides a really satisfying programme of simple and progression exercises. They can be supplemented with classes - but need not be.

For a DVD that aims to be "a practical introduction to the core programme," Darcey's Pilates For Life does exactly what it says on the tin - and more besides!
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272 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Dendera on 15 July 2006
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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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