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Many pilates beginners are not sure what it takes to start doing pilates. It really takes nothing more than your body and a little bit of space. As a pilates instructor, I often get asked about pilates DVDs and got a few specific questions over the weekend about choosing a pilates home workout. What are some good pilates DVDs I can use at home? And how do I know if they are good DVDs?
First of all, here’s what I look for in a pilates DVD:
1. Reputable Pilates Company: I’m not putting down workouts by top fitness professionals, but when I choose a pilates DVD, I want to make sure it’s not just a workout that they happened to put out in addition to their salsa routine. I want to make sure that the person on the video actually teaches pilates. A good way to find this out is to ask your pilates instructor for a recommendation, which brings me to another point — take a pilates group class first to make sure you know what the pilates moves look & feel like. Get corrected by a pilates instructor before you go it alone.
2. Good Reviews: Read reviews on Amazon.com and other Web sites. All you have to do is search for “DVD title review”. There are a ton of places to find reviews. Often, pilates instructors will go in and review DVDs as they try them out themselves. This is the next best thing to having a pilates instructor. Again, you can also ask a pilates instructor you trust.
3. Room To Improve: Make sure the DVD has different levels that allow you to progress and improve your pilates moves — and also to give you a little bit of variety. I have a few DVDs that have two or three workouts on them. Those are the ones I go back to over and over again, because I get variety in my workout or might need to go back some pilates principles. When you are at home, it’s easy to get bored, so having room to grow is a big benefit.
Now that you know how I choose my pilates DVDs, here are my top three picks for pilates DVDs that I do myself when I’m at home. The instruction in these DVDs is amazing and easy to follow. I could have listed a few more, but these companies or actual pilates DVD titles are ones I revisit regularly.
- Pilates for Dummies with Michelle Dozois. This one of the first pilates DVDs I purchased, even though I had been using pilates books for a few years prior.
- Pilates on the Go with Master Trainer Maria Leone. Maria is amazing. If you come to LA and can get to her studio Bodylinela.com you must take a class from her!
- Stott Pilates — All of the DVDs I’ve seen so far are great. Easy to follow. Great for teachers looking for inspiration and different ways to cue your client. You can get these from Netflix to do a preview of them before actually buying them. So worth it!
My favorites in the Stott library are:
- Prenatal Pilates on the Ball
- The Secret to Weight Loss
- The Secret to Toned Arms, Buns & Thighs
One final word about doing pilates at home. Start Now. If you can’t afford a pilates class or their are none in your area, start doing it at home. Most people will benefit from even the most basic pilates workout.
Feel free to comment below if you have a specific body issue and need help finding a DVD that suits your needs! Also, if you’ve been doing a pilates dvd, why not try one of my group pilates classes to improve your home workouts.
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