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Pilates for Beginners

Deluxe DVD Edition with Jillian Hessel

DVD: Pilates for Beginners

• Master the pre-Pilates fundamentals
• Discover your optimum workout level
• Learn to align and balance from within

About the DVD

Content time: 2 hrs. 15 mins.
Level: Beginner
Publisher: GAIAM

NOTE: This DVD is now permanently out of print and cannot be purchased from my online store. However, the video can be streamed to your television or mobile device at Amazon.

Many people today consider Pilates the ideal exercise, because of the strong, sleek, more flexible body it creates. Whether you are new to Pilates or have been practicing for years, it is your mastery of the fundamentals that produces these results. In Pilates for Beginners, certified fitness instructor and master Pilates trainer Jillian Hessel explains the complexities of traditional Pilates, making it accessible to anyone.

With her B.E.A.M. Fundamentals — Breathe, Energize, Align, and Move — she first grounds you in pre-Pilates fundamentals and then incorporates them into classic Pilates mat work. Three versions of each exercise are demonstrated: a modified version for those with limited strength and flexibility, a beginner's version, and the classic Pilates version for more advanced students. Thus, you can discover your optimum workout level and progress at your own pace.

This deluxe DVD edition includes:

DVD Video
  • Pre-Pilates fundamentals and mat workout
  • Beginner's modified workout angle to help improve your fitness level
  • BONUS live tutorial on B.E.A.M. fundamentals
  • In-depth interview with Jillian Hessel
  • Fully chaptered workout

With this essential program, you can build a strong Pilates practice and achieve a functional fitness level that naturally improves everything you do.

Pilates Basics Book

Filmed entirely on location in gorgeous Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Modified workouts demonstrated by instructors Tara Russell and Ney Fonseca.

Recommended props: Pilates mat, heavy band, seat riser, and belly & neck cushions.

Pilates Basics is the book companion to this DVD.

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Clip 1:
Introduction to B.E.A.M. fundamentals, the Powerhouse muscles, and proper breathing technique.

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B.E.A.M. warmup exercises to enhance execution of classic matwork routines.

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Classic Pilates mat class with three levels of difficulty.

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