Pilates is a form exercise developed by Joseph Pilates after he spent many years studying anatomy, yoga, Zen Buddhism and ancient Greek and Roman exercise regimens. Joseph's original name for Pilates exercise was "Contrology," which means the "science of control." Pilates has become a very popular form of exercise and rehabilitation, and there are many Pilates DVDs on the market, so it can be hard to choose the one that fits your needs best.
"10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates"
Named as "Health" magazine's Best Pilates DVD of the year 2006, "10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates" is hosted by Pilates instructor Lara Hudson. This DVD is broken down into five 10-minute segments designed to be utilized with a busy schedule.
"Pilates for Beginners"
The best-selling Pilates DVD on Amazon.com, as of March 2011, is "Pilates for Beginners." This is a three DVD set with over 40 different workout routines. "Pilates for Inflexible People," "Pilates Complete for Weight Loss" and "Pilates Complete Sculpt and Tone" are included in the DVD package.
"Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners"
"Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners" is instructed by Brooke Siler, who was instructed by Joseph Pilates' protégé for 12 years. Brooke Siler has also written "The New York Times" best-selling book series, "The Pilates Body and Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge."
"Classical Pilates Technique -- The Complete Mat Workout"
This Pilates DVD is instructed and directed by Peter Fiasca, who is the founder of Classical Pilates Inc. and who studied Pilates under first-generation Pilates master Romana Kryzanowska. This DVD received the Communicator Award in 2003 for Award of Distinction.
"Pilates Workout for Dummies"
Instructed by Michelle Dozois, who is certified in Method Pilates, "Pilates Workout for Dummies" offers an easy-to-understand method for Pilates instruction. It offers step-by-step instruction for 18 Pilates mat exercises that allows you to learn as you progress through the basics of Pilates fitness.
"On the Ball: Pilates Workout for Beginners"
Voted Best Pilates Video of the Year by "Health" magazine in 2005, "On the Ball: Pilates Workout for Beginners" is an easy-to-learn instructional video hosted by Lizbeth Garcia. This DVD is the fourth best-selling DVD on Amazon.com for exercise balls and twenty-ninth for Pilates workouts.
"Crunch -- Fat Burning Pilates"
"Crunch -- Fat Burning Pilates" is a DVD workout that combines cardio fitness with Pilates-based toning. Instructor Ellen Barret uses classical Pilates terminology as she guides you through a core workout and calorie-burning cardio exercise.
"10 Minute Solution: Pilates"
This Pilates DVD offers five workouts that all take 10 minutes to complete, allowing you to utilize this DVD in one 50-minute workout, or any combination of lesser workouts tailored to your time constraints. Workouts included focus on your abs, buns and thighs, shoulders and arms, fat burning and increasing flexibility.
"Exhale: Core Fusion -- Body Sculpt"
Hosted by Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, who have a combined experience of over 50 years in yoga, dance, tai chi and Pilates instruction, "Exhale: Core Fusion -- Body Sculpt" is a 50-minute DVD broken down into five separate 10-minute workouts. You can utilize these workouts to target particular areas of your body, or for an all-around full body workout.
"Jules Benson's Total Core Pilates"
"Jules Benson's Total Core Pilates" is Weightloss-HQ's top choice for best Pilates DVDs. This DVD targets intermediate or advanced Pilates practitioners. The workout offers a three-minute warm-up, 49 minutes of floor Pilates exercises and four minutes of stretching to help you cool down.