What the best Pilates videos have
- An effective, progressive and
fun program: As with all workout videos, buyers should
look for a Pilates program that features effective
movements, a good amount of variety and levels of progression. The best Pilates
DVDs should have enough variety within the program or several different
routines to keep it entertaining and challenging. Consider titles that offer variations
of each move, allowing you to customize the program to your own fitness level.
- An engaging and knowledgeable
instructor: Like all fitness regimens, the
effectiveness of a home Pilates program is strongly linked to the quality of
the instructor. Pilates relies on very particular, controlled movements.
Instructors must provide a clear, detailed explanation of each position and
excellent breath cueing, another integral element of Pilates. The instructor
should also be reputable, well trained, engaging and personable.
- High-quality video production: The best Pilates DVDs and videos should feel modern and
Know before you go
What's your fitness level? Whether you're new to Pilates or an advanced enthusiast, there's
a home program that will fit your skill level.
How often do you plan to use it? Videos or DVDs that offer several variations of a movement
depending on fitness level will allow you to grow with the program. Many videos
also offer multiple routines that vary in difficulty, allowing the viewer to
get more use out of the routine and beat boredom.
What equipment is required? Pilates often requires the use of balls or bands. Most videos and
DVDs list this information.
What are your fitness goals? Pilates programs often focus on
toning and strength over calorie-burning. However, a wide variety of
Pilates videos incorporate more cardio to help aid weight
loss. Other programs target your backside, or tone the arms and
upper body. Choose
one or more that appropriately address your fitness goals.