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Pilates: System 21 [DVD]

Vicki Norwood    Exempt   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Vicki Norwood
  • Producers: Jo Manuel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2003
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YNG3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Based on the inspirational Pilates technique, this video introduces a series of routines designed to release all the muscles of the body and help you achieve a fine balance of strength and tone.

From the Back Cover

System 21 is based on the inspirational Pilates technique, a revolutionary collection of easy, controlled movements which will work and release all the muscles of your body and help you achieve a fine balance of strength and tone. When performed regularly, you will notice changes in your body. You will become fitter and stronger by slimming your muscles and making them more compact, developing slenderness rather than bulk. Your abdomen, lower back and hips will become a firm central support for your new balanced and graceful body, producing an improved posture and greater flexibility. In addition, you will feel revitalized, relaxed and confident, and be less prone to physical and mental tension.

These carefully devised exercises are easy to practice in the convenience of your own home and are based on floor exercises which don’t require any special equipment. So throw away all those old aerobic workout tapes and relax into System 21.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars User- friendly and well- designed. 29 Jan 2012
This is a great product; far better than any other Pilates video I've seen. And as a DVD, it has the advantage that you can navigate straight to the parts you want.
There is a short introduction which once seen needn't be repeated. But what follows is a comprehensive system of gentle stretching which reaches every part of the body, building from simple movements to a short, dance- like workout.
Anyone out of the habit of regular exercise, who wants to start, and also anyone with a pain condition, could definitely benefit in particular from trying this system.
Particular praise to the design of the soundtrack. Music accompanies all the exercises, and is perfectly timed so as to co-ordinate with the movements. So one can keep the proper, steady, pace of work even when looking away from the screen. In addition, the voice- over gives really effective, helpful instruction; letting you know how many reps of each movement, and warning for pitfalls and problems one might encounter.
I first used this pilates system more than a dozen years ago, on VHS. At the time I was quite ill with arthritis, and I found it to be very helpful and useable. Now I'm substantially better, I still find the system great use for avoiding the aches and pains, the tired and stale muscles, which go along with aging.
Some reviewers have criticised the overt advertising of a water product, which is fair comment up to a point. But I imagine that without the product placement, this excellent film might never have been made, so it is, I think, justifiable. And if you skip the introduction, you can miss the advertising completely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pilates helping posture 24 Sep 2011
This pilates are very good for helping to keep nice posture. (I do not think it's for slimming down) It's easy, relaxing..... After few days I started to breath better and I feel like I am standing taller and I am stronger. It's only 30 minutes work out and that is perfect for me. I recommend this for people who want to tone up muscles and improve posture.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much standing around, not enough action 9 Oct 2003
This DVD is sponsered by Volvic, and it's hard to miss it - Volvic bottles and towels everywhere! The instructor means well but it is just too short so you don't get a lot done. Spend your money on something else.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating and Energising 22 Feb 2005
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I have used this workout for several years - it is the one I keep coming back to when the others get boring. It is very straightforward with no gimmicks. I have definitely noticed great results - it will NOT give you bulky muscles and leave you breathless. You will feel energised and invigorated, but calm and relaxed at the same time. The body is stretched, toned and sculpted gently. Great for beginners, but its also a challenge to keep honing and perfecting the small precise movements.
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