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Elements of Form

Clare Dunphy

This is the introductory video to a series of BodyBar videos by Clare Dunphy. Her other video's include Innovative Stretch, Balance Line and Strength, and the newest tape, Ripple. Clare is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance-type background.

I really enjoyed Elements of Form. The first 15 minutes are a very basic review of posture, alignment and how to work from ones core. Then there is an extremely deliberate and slow total body workout using a bodybar. There aren't many repetitions. Clare comments that "the body loves variety" and I think she's right about that.

This video achieves what the Method videos only attempt, which is to intelligently and deliberately introduce pilates based movements to the newcomer. Her focus on form and alignment were unfailing, she has terrific cueing and she's quite calm and encouraging, without being condescending. There is alot of active stretching in the tape and I felt really good afterwords.

I'm really glad I started with this tape rather than diving into, say, Ripple. It's a great foundation that I'm glad I didn't overlook.

Jane C.
6/10/01

I am kind of surprised that I liked this workout. I am an intermediate exerciser and a Pilates drop-out. (I consider Pilates the exercise equivalent of watching paint dry!)

Yet this was interesting and even enjoyable. I found the 12 minute instruction section in the beginning very informative. All about posture, breathing, keeping the hips and shoulders squared, belly button to the spine and buns tight.

Then the workout is a nice balance of mostly slow moving strength and stretching moves. I used my mini-bar and it was just right. I could not do all the roll-ups, but was able to do most of the other moves. Not many modifications are given, but there are many form pointers. This would be good on a hot day when you don't want to do something very strenuous, but still want a functional wo

Instructor comments: Clare is much more engaging and warm in this video than in "Innovate Stretch". She obviously loves this kind of movement and teaches it well.

Alta

7/6/02



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