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  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2005
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KP1V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michelle Dozois offers step-by-step instruction for 18 Pilates mat exercises and makes it easy to practice at your own level. The floor techniques are designed to help improve posture, and tone and stretch your muscles.

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Pilates Workout for Dummies is a 60-minute programme, ideal for both the first-time and intermediate Pilates exerciser. In the Basic Workout, well-toned instructor Michelle Dozois clearly and patiently presents 18 classic Pilates mat exercises, first demonstrating and explaining, then doing six to 10 repetitions. She explains what the Powerhouse is and how to use it, and covers the basics you'll need if you've never done this before (or need to be reminded), offering alignment tips, breathing, and extremely clear instructions for executing each movement. Dozois suggests modifications for making the exercises easier (or, occasionally, more challenging), and includes cautions against common mistakes and reminder tips for doing each exercise effectively. This is a fine first workout for Pilates novices. The Intermediate Workout consists of some of the Basic exercises and several new ones, all done at a faster pace and with more challenging instructions. --Joan Price

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
I was sceptical at first, having only ever gone to classes for aerobics and the like. I thought I was going to be put off by the idea of a DVD for the pilates way. In fact I have been really suprised at how enjoyable the experience was....not too patronising and a great introduction. The workout only takes about 40 mins, but the exercises are well explained, follow sensibly from one to the next, and the pace is good for a complete novice. I can see me needing another DVD in the future (say a few month off) once my muscles are used to this routine, and the exercises are familier. The really glaring gap in this DVD is a simple once through the workout without all the explanation, tips and jargon.....that would get it a 5 star. Be prepared to be a little frustrated once you know the routine as each time we go through the how to set up again.
Great for a first timer though, and Pilates does what it says on the tin!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Haworth on 31 July 2006
Format: DVD
There's the raw materials of a decent workout here. The instructor is friendly and businesslike and explains things well, the camerawork doesn't suddenly irrelevantly cut away to a shot of a fan or someone's ankles when you're trying to see what to do, and it isn't spoiled by inappropriate music.

Unfortunately, I *hated* the little 'tips' that pop up during each exercise, with an annoying 'brr-doing' noise. If there had been a way to turn these tips off, or to choose whether to view them or not (as with the Tae Bo DVD series) I would have rated this DVD much higher. As it is, there's no way not to see them, and to hear that annoying noise, every time you work out. It's like working out with someone with a really infuriating ringtone who never turns their phone off.

Also, it's a small point, but the box claims it includes both a beginners and an intermediate workout, but it doesn't, unless you count the instructor saying 'if you're a beginner just try the first six exercises at first and work your way up'.

I usually feel much less stressed after I exercise, but this DVD left me more stressed. I enjoy Pilates DVDs but I can't recommend this one.
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182 of 185 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although I am new to pilates, I have tried the Stott Essential Matwork (2nd edition). Not only did I fall asleep while watching the video first, I found on my only attempt at doing the exercises that I aggravated a pre-existing knee injury. I immediately stopped using the Stott video and purchased the Dummies Workout after reading reviews on this and the US site.
Wow, what a difference. The Dummies tape is not as slow as some people think. It is definitely more enjoyable. Michelle explains each move clearly first and then does a run-through before the viewer joins in. This way you get to see what position your body should be in. She is very encouraging and tells the novice to try only the first five (of the eighteen) exercises until they are comfortable. Because of this, I did not feel compelled to push myself unnecessarily to complete the workout.
Also at 35 minutes this is a comfortable amount of time to excercise, so you do not feel pushed for time. This DVD is chaptered which means each exercise is conveniently available individually, so you can do as many or as few as you like or go back and repeat one you were not sure of.
If anyone is looking for a pilates dvd to begin with - this is the one. Don't hesitate - buy it. You won't regret it.(No I'm not on commission! LOL).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chuffy on 26 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I got this DVD after suffering many years of lower back trouble and my Chiropractor recommended Pilates. I didn't see myself going to a class so tried this out.

I found the best approach was not to try all the exercises straight away but concentrate on the first 6 or so for a couple of months then gradually introduce the others.

After a few weeks my back improved considerably and I haven't been to the Chiro since. Added bonuses include I no longer suffer with the usual hip/leg aches when jogging and it definitely trims/defines your midsection,this DVD has really sorted me out!

I highly recommend it but as I said, take it easy to start with and build up rather than diving in the deep end.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I have used this video every day now for 2 weeks. I definitely feel more supple and think my stomach looks a bit flatter (don't think huge changes in 10 uses as someone suggests is realistic)I don't have great coordination..can't do most aerobic workouts..but find this quite straightforward. I had lots of lower back pain before due to poor postural muscles and definitely have less now.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I am no slim and slender beauty,and will veture no where near fitness clubs and classes. Hence I went for a home video, which I felt would be easy to use. Boy you should see the results!!!!! Within 10 uses I have what my Sporty friend calls muscle defintion, and what I call legs to kill for. It takes 25 minutes to do the exercises, which are easy to complete, and the video is well paced and presented well.I can honestly say that all of my friends and colleagues have been surprised and impressed with my smaller, leaner and longer look.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
As a complete newcomer to Pilates, I read all the reviews for all the Pilates DVD's available and this one seemed to be the best one. The only thing that was commented on was its slowness. However, if you are a complete beginner like me, slow is good. Once I've got the hang of the exercises I'll probably move onto a DVD with a faster pace but at the moment I need the slow instruction.
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