I'd never tried pilates before ordering Mari Winsor's system from a television infomercial. Clearly her program works since she looks amazing and she has many fit celebrities (Drew Barrymore and Minnie Driver come to mind) as clients. Pilates just seemed hard. I guess I was picturing all those crazy studios with bars and machines and things hanging from the ceiling. Thankfully Mari's programs don't include any of those! Mari's at home program is focused on strengthening and lengthening your muscles you get a toned, lean body. As a beginner to the system I really appreciated Mari's beginner DVD which really explained each move in detail and showed you exactly how to do it, and why. After I mastered the moves I was on to the full 20 minute workout. Thankfully Mari is always explaining just what the moves do and reminding you to breathe properly. After the twenty minute workout you can move on to her accelerated body sculpting DVDs which include workouts for abs and buns/thighs. She also offers a more advanced, almost hour long, full body workout. Mari's program is effective and very gentle - there's no sharp moves or hopping or jumping.
Vernon Rockville, CT