Romana's Pilates SeriesRomana Kryzanowska
Year Released: 2003
Categories: Pilates/Core Strength
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This review refers to all of the Romana's Pilates DVDs collectively. First, I will plainly state that I recommend this series to anyone interesting in pursuing a Pilates practice. Romana is the oldest living disciple of Joseph Pilates, and she provide clear, thorough instruction in the true Pilates method. She gives the best instruction on form and movement that I have ever seen in a Pilates video. Her energy and spirit motivate me to push myself farther than I think I can go. Though the DVDs themselves are short in length, they are quite comprehensive as a set in terms of the exercises included. The DVDs each have two main sections--one with Romana's instructions and one with just the model demonstrating the workout at a fairly quick pace. I would definitely recommend watching the Romana section before doing the workout with the model. In addition to the two main sections, the DVDs have footage of Romana with Joseph Pilates, of athletes using the Pilates method many years ago, and of Romana using the cadillac (I think) at age 80. Now, if that last part isn't motivation, then I don't know what is!!
At 80 years old, Romana exudes spirit and personality. She provides excellent instruction and ample motivation to push oneself farther. She pays close attention to form, even at times correcting the exercise models (though she does so in a friendly and humorous manner).