Body Bar: Elements Of FormClare Dunphy
Year Released: 1999
Categories: Body Bar , Pilates/Core Strength
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.