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Top 10 Pilates DVDs

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author image Henry Halse
Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
Top 10 Pilates DVDs
Further your Pilates knowledge with one of these instructional DVDs. Photo Credit OSTILL/iStock/Getty Images

Move your Pilates workout from the studio to the comfort of your own home with any of these 10 pilates DVDs. In this list, there are DVDs for all ages and ability levels, some that require added equipment and some that only require your body and a mat. With plenty of instruction from world-class Pilates professionals, you'll find a wealth of information to further your practice or start from scratch.

PiYo Workout

The PiYo DVD collection from Beachbody is a combination of pilates and yoga that's designed to combine the muscle-strengthening moves from Pilates with the flexibility training of yoga. The pace of the workouts is steady and flows from one exercise to the other. It's designed as a seven-disc series with focuses on fundamentals, upper-body exercises, lower-body exercises and an endurance workout.

New York Style Pilates

With three different levels — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — this DVD series has something for every level of pilates practitioners. The workouts are led by a certified Pilates instructor, Jonathan Ulra, and are very much akin to the original style of Pilates developed by the founder, Joseph Pilates. Ulra takes you through mat work routines developed by Joseph Pilates, as well as an ab series and some Pilates fundamentals.

Power Paced Fitness Circle

The addition of a fitness circle sets this intermediate-level Pilates DVD apart and adds a unique twist to the workout. The DVD is 87 minutes long and covers a warm-up and 32 different exercises that work different parts of your body.

Pilates Reformer Workout DVD

Part of her Master Trainer DVD series, Jennifer Kries provides three hours of instructional content in this instructional DVD. Even though this DVD is geared toward those looking to become Pilates instructors, it's also a great educational tool to learn how to refine your Reformer technique and build up your skills on this popular piece of equipment. She goes through more than 100 exercises for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners, so you'll be sure to find something useful from this DVD.

Read More: What Are The Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercise?

AeroPilates Strength and Stamina

There are two workouts on this Pilates DVD. The first is called "Strong and Lean" and lasts for about 43 minutes. It focuses on total body strength using a number of different Pilates exercises. The second workout is called "Body, Heart and Mind," and lasts for about 38 minutes. This workout focuses more on endurance exercise and heart health.

Element Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners

Follow Brooke Siler as she takes you through a 51-minute pilates and cardio workout on a set overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A protege of Joseph Pilates, Siler has written two New York Times best-selling books on Pilates and owns her own studio in New York City, so you can rest assured that she will give an effective workout.

Use a DVD to workout in the comfort of your own home.
Use a DVD to workout in the comfort of your own home. Photo Credit UberImages/iStock/Getty Images

Element Accelerated Pilates with Resistance Band

Add some extra resistance to your typical total body pilates routine in this 30-minute workout that incorporates a resistance band to shake things up. After that, there's a 10-minute bonus ab routine to work on your midsection.

Mari Winsor Beginner Pilates

This collection of four different episodes from instructor Mari Winsor will give you some solid fundamentals to further your Pilates practice. In the first episode, you'll learn how to develop the "powerhouse," which refers to your core and hip muscles. The second episode is all about proper breathing techniques to develop control during Pilates exercises. The third episode helps you strengthen your limbs, and the fourth takes you through a standing Pilates workout.

BoneSmart Pilates

Work your way to healthier bones with this Pilates DVD that includes mat work, sitting, standing, and even dancing exercises. If other Pilates workouts are too difficult or intense for you, try this DVD out, as the instructors modify exercises to make sure that they are comfortable. The actors in the video range from age 40 to 80, so there is no reason to fear the difficulty of the exercises.

Pilates for Every Body

Fitness personality Denise Austin leads you through a 45-minute total body Pilates program made for all levels of fitness. This DVD focuses particularly on the abdomen with plenty of core exercises.

Read More: The Health Benefits of Pilates

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