Monday, December 1, 2014

Pilates for Dancers DVD Beginners Review

I received this item in exchange for an honest review. 

Today I am back with another review and I think this is a first for me - this month I will be reviewing several exercise DVDs compliments of SalsaCrazy. First up is Pilates for Dancers.

Pilates for Dancers is designed for BEGINNINERS, and anyone and everyone who would like to attain the often celebrated dancer's body, incredibly strong, limber, and articulated muscles and frame. Pilates for dancers was born of the idea that the dancers body and physique is beautiful, graceful, and lithe. At the same time, it is an attainable beauty, given the proper exercise routine and discipline.

Pilates is the perfect exercise routine.

This video has a great, limbering warm up routine, followed by over 20 explicitly broken down, step-by-step, instructions that anyone (yes, even you) can follow. This video progressed in stages so that even absolute beginners will have no problem getting a complete and invigorating workout.

Geared towards beginners and those whom are learning their first pilates movements, all the way to intermediates, a lot of time is spent on explanation and proper repetition, so you get the most out of your workout.

Multiple angles make sure you don t miss any of the important alignment, or subtle movements, Pilates can get us into. A great video, and a chance for you to experience a dancer s workout!

 Before I begin my review, I want to emphasis a few key points:
1) I have no formal dance training. For several years I've been doing Zumba, T-tapp, and Pump It Up which all have at least some elements of dance. I dance in my free time. I dance when I'm doing chores. I just love to dance.

2) I feel it is important to mention how I used this DVD. I did not use it to replace my current exercise routine. Instead, I'm using it to add in a little bit of extra exercise here and there throughout the week.

This was my first experience doing any form of Pilates, and I've enjoyed it. Some of the exercises are similar enough to others I have done in the past that I was quite comfortable doing these. Since I'm using this DVD as an addition to my exercise and not the primary workout, I haven't done the entire DVD yet. This is a long workout (100 minutes) so I'm starting out very slowly so as not to over do it since I have numerous health problems to consider. Regardless, I've been very happy and pleased with my results so far.

In the past I've struggled with doing floor exercises because I always seem to tweak my spine and trigger a headache. I haven't had that problem with this workout because it is a slow pace. I feel there is a lot more emphasis on ensuring proper form is used than what I have seen in other DVDs. I've found doing just a few minutes of this a few times a week has been enough to help calm me down. If I do start feeling anxious I automatically think to do some of this workout and it does help.

Best of all, I've really been noticing more muscle activation in my abs after this workout so I know it is working. I feel like this is a perfect workout for me to prepare myself for harder floor exercises.

The only thing I did not like about this DVD is the more advanced exercises and tips are mixed in with the overall workout. For me, it would be more helpful to perhaps divide this into two sections: one for the workout and then another for the more advanced tips. There is a scene selection menu option however which does make it easy to pick and chose which exercises you which to do. That is very convenient.

I will continue to do this workout until I'm ready to move on to something more challenging.

Pilates for Dancers is available on for $25.18

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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