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so I have good body awareness and know the ropes as far as ...
on 5 June 2016
No idea why these DVD's are so popular.
Due to a long standing knee injury (and probably age as well) I piled on the weight and my fitness level dropped from very fit to well out of shape but I was once a dancer, spent a year learning a couple of Martial Arts, practiced yoga for most of my life and trained in gyms on and off for several years, so I have good body awareness and know the ropes as far as fitness is concerned but having never been so unfit what I was looking for was a kick start before moving on to my own routines. This certainly didn't provide it and I'd suggest everyone avoid it.
My first Pilates lessons were about 30 years ago in a small dance studio in central London. There were a few machines and no room for mat work. This was traditional Pilates. Later - around 20 years ago, I bought a couple of videos by an instructor called Lynn, these were my first introduction to mat Pilates. Her instructions were clear and precise and the exercises were tailored to people of different levels of fitness. Having just tried the beginners DVD in this set, I'm about to search for Lynn's Pilates, which I hope has been transferred to DVD. You see, Suzannes Bowens beginners DVD is certainly not aimed at beginners, her instructions are few and far from clear and orderly.
A good teacher makes you feel you can achieve great things. Bowen's one of those see me-see me aren't I great types, some of whom can also teach, Bowen, on the hand, can't!