The Bottom Line
Jennifer Kries is truly a master Pilates instructor. Anyone watching this series of Pilates teacher training DVDs will come away with an expanded understanding of the instruction and performance of classical Pilates exercises for mat and equipment.
Kries not only shows you how to teach the exercises with good verbal and tactile cues, but importantly, with insight about how the exercises build and relate to each other across different levels and apparatus.
- In-depth instruction for teaching Pilates mat and apparatus exercises
- Appropriate for serious students and instructors
- Kries gives clear verbal and visual instruction
- DVDs include exercise choreography, teaching cues, and safety
- Model, Kim Reis, demonstrates all exercises with exceptional clarity
- The pace and setting are so consistent that watching can become tedious
- At times Kries refers to events the viewer was not part of which can be disconcerting
- This 5 DVD series includes instruction for teaching Pilates mat, reformer, chair, barrel and cadillac.
- Each DVD covers beginning, intermediate, and advanced exercises.
- Individual DVD lengths vary from 45 minutes to 3 hours of content.
- The DVDs follow the classical Pilates syllabus.
- Prices range from $79.00 to $99.00 for individual DVDs to $399.00 for the set.
Guide Review - Jennifer Kries' DVD Pilates Method Master Trainer Series
Jennifer Kries' Pilates Master Trainer DVD series is not intended to take the place of Pilates certification training. It is, however, an impressive and valuable resource for instructors and serious Pilates students.
Some people have questioned the price of these DVDs, but when you consider the depth and breadth of information in them, and the sheer amount of it, I think they are definitely worth considering.
Throughout all 5 DVDs, you get the classical syllabus for mat and apparatus beautifully taught and demonstrated. Along with that, Kries imparts a mature instructor's insights on effective cues, client instructor interaction, and things to look for in a clients performance of each exercise. Kries also makes sure you know what you are doing with each piece of equipment -- how to set it up, and how to manipulate it safely for your client.
These DVDs are too information-rich to be treated as a crash course. For me, it was watch a DVD, or part, and then think about it and practice before I went on to the next one. At times I wished for even more cues and details -- what to do and not to do, what a client might or might not present. But there is a lot of that in this training and after all, how much can you pack in a DVD? Maybe there was room for a little more, but basically I want more, more, more because Kries has done such a good job already.
Teaching on a practical level, without a lot of extra flourishes, Kries' style is direct, yet sensitive to her client. That's a quality to learn from. It also works very well over the long-haul of an in-depth series like this. The clarity of Kreis' teaching, and the precise structure of the DVDs, will allow this series to be an enduring reference for Pilates instructors, instructor trainees, and students deepening their knowledge.