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Rael Pilates - System 7
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Interview de Rael Isacowitz
Les 7 principes de base
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Rael Pilates - System 7, 1 DVD, 32 minutes
Le Rael Système 7 (niveau initiation) vous présente les sept principes de base qui vous feront profiter immédiatement des bienfaits de la méthode Pilates. Ce programme pour débutant met l'accent sur des exercices de respiration, de placement et des mouvements de stabilisation, indispensables à la progression vers les programmes plus complexes, que sont les Systèmes 17 et 27.
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I bought the 3 dvd set which came with the beginners 7 which has 7 main positions; intermediate 17 which has 17 and the advanced 27 with 27 positions.
Buy any/all that you can afford and you won't regret it. Rael knows what mistakes you will make and cues perfectly - explaining in clear detail and demonstrating the right and wrong way to perform each position.
7 will be a challenge for anyone new to pilates but you will be learning with perfect form and this will give you a strong core and the knowledge to move on to 17 and 27.
Rael Isacowitz has been doing Pilates for 25 years, is one of the few who can perform the entire repertoire & teaches other pilates teachers. He has a masters in dance which shows in how he moves & speaks. He is very graceful when he moves, has a lot of charisma when he speaks & doens't miss anything when showing how to do the movements. He sees the body as a dancer & is amazing in knowing how the body responds to small differences in movements such as which way the palm should face.
The set is simple orange with Rael guiding & speaking with an in shape female in gym halter top & pants doing the movements on a pilates table. Rael tells you how to move, what to watch out for all while keeping perfect pace of always telling you when to inhale & exhale in charming manner that's never annoying. He also demonstrates the more advanced way of doing each movement w/perfect precision & grace, even the roll ups. The pace is relaxed to emphasis body awareness.
The movements are: breathing, pelvic curl/yoga bridge pose, lying spinal twist (knees tucked), chest lift (crunch), roll up (laying to sitting), spine stretch (sitting), both legs side lift (lying down), basic swan (yoga cobra/upward dog), cat/cow & child's pose relaxation.
Some of the moves I felt were easy as well, but the more advanced way was plenty challenge enough for me.
If you want to learn pilates from a real master & get true body awareness to avoid spams & muscle injury, get this dvd.
You can see trailers for his system 17 & 27 at collagevideo com & get more info at raelpilates com
This DVD is nicely filmed with skilled presentations and helpful explanations. In my experience, I have not found it particularly necessary to warm up beforehand, but given that I have never found a way to fast forward through the opening two minutes of copyright information, titles, medical disclaimers, and information about the author upon loading the disc, I would therefore suggest that you use this time productively to do some extra stretching. I like the amount of repetitions allotted for each exercise. Isacowitz will provide you with more challenging variations for some of the exercises, and this will allow you to grow with the video for a time. Even so, it seems likely to me that most people will probably progress through the beginner's level relatively quickly on to the intermediate level ("Rael System 17")--if practiced faithfully with regularity. Even after that period of development comes, this video may still be of use for days when there is only time for a quick workout.
The abdominal work culminates in the roll-up exercise. One of the flaws of this video is that Isacowitz does not provide enough help to clients with relatively long torsos & shorter legs who may not be able to properly perform a roll-up. He is more sensitive to these clients in one of his books called "Pilates Anatomy" that was co-written with Karen Clippinger. They have this to say under the heading of "Modifications" to the Roll-Up on page 75: "If you are unable to come to a sitting position with good form, place small cuffs (maximum of 3 pounds [1.5 kg] each) on the ankles, or bend the knees slightly and use the hands (place on the thighs) to help lift the upper trunk during the difficult part of the up phase." Another book in my exercise library provides this helpful advice on the subject: "Some people will need their feet held in place to complete this exercise; otherwise, their feet come off the floor and they fall backward. The problem here is not lack of spinal mobility nor abdominal muscle strength, but rather insufficient counterbalance resulting from physical proportions: the weight of the lower limbs is not sufficient to counteract the weight of the trunk. People with a short trunk and long legs can easily do this exercise without assistance." (Anatomy of Movement: Exercises by Blandine Calais-Germain & Andree Lamotte, Revised Edition, pp. 70-71) Some other Pilates mat exercise DVDs recommend placing the feet in straps, hooking the legs under a couch, or using a weighted pole to help address this issue.
From working with Isacowitz's book "Pilates," it becomes quickly apparent that many of the Pilates mat exercise repertoire can be adapted to other Pilates apparatus in a similar manner that a female gymnast can perform a flip whether on a vault, uneven bars, a balance beam, or during a floor exercise. I've experimented with adapting this video in such a manner, and this can be a fun way to achieve greater variety. Sometimes things feel a little different when using another apparatus. I find, for instance, that five of these seven exercises in "Rael System 7" can easily be performed on a Pilates Arc, a relatively inexpensive yet effective piece of equipment. I've also experimented with adapting the routine to the reformer and a sitting box--but my favorite is definitely the push-through bar on my reformer's tower. I will place the information about this in a comment outside of this review for anyone interested.
I have the other two DVDs in the series, and this DVD is a very good way to get started in a regular Pilates mat workout routine.