Ellie Herman's Pilates Workbook on the Ball: Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide [NOOK Book]

Overview

FOLLOW THE STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK TO QUICKLY AND EASILY LEARN OVER 50 PILATES-BASED MOVEMENTS PERFORMED ON THE EXERCISE BALL

Specially designed by San Francisco?based Pilates expert Ellie Herman for her studio clients, the exercises in this book combine the powerful slimming and shaping effects ...
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Ellie Herman's Pilates Workbook on the Ball: Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide

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Overview

FOLLOW THE STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK TO QUICKLY AND EASILY LEARN OVER 50 PILATES-BASED MOVEMENTS PERFORMED ON THE EXERCISE BALL

Specially designed by San Francisco—based Pilates expert Ellie Herman for her studio clients, the exercises in this book combine the powerful slimming and shaping effects of Pilates with the low-impact, high-intensity workout of the ball. Adding fun, variety and increased effectiveness, the ball transforms traditional Pilates moves into an unparalleled workout offering:

•Aerobic conditioning
•Muscle toning
•Body sculpting
•Fat burning
•Improved posture
•Mental concentration
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569757505
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,093,304
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

A gymnast and athlete as a child, Ellie Herman was constantly doing cartwheels anywhere she could. Ellie went West for College, receiving a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley; her thesis was a dance-theater piece about the representation of woman's bodies in American society. While at Berkeley she also studied in the dance department which marked the beginning of her career as a professional dancer and choreographer. After graduating in 1987, Ellie moved to San Francisco and with her friend Carol Lloyd, formed the Flying Buttresses performance troupe combining dance, theater and visual art. She then became the choreographer for Elbows Akimbo, another collaborative multi-media troupe. She performed as a dancer with Harupin-Ha, a Japanese butoh company. Finally in 1991, Ellie formed a dance troupe under her own name; (Ellie Herman and Company) which garnered rave reviews in the New York Times and Village Voice after a tour to New York City. Ellie became interested in Pilates in 1988, after injuring her knee. She formed Ellie Herman Studios in 1993 in San Francisco. It has grown rapidly in the last five years, after she started training and certifying Pilates instructors.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Aerobic Warm-Up
Bouncing Series
Basic Bouncing 29
Clapping Above Your Head 29
Chicken Wings 29
Drumming 30
Kick Forward 30
Cossack 30
Jumping in Parallel 31
Jumping in Turn-out 31
Exploding Star 31
Hop Around the Ball 32
Kangaroo 33
Hip Moves Series
Side-to-Side 34
Front and Back 34
Circles 34
Part 2 Essential Workout
Breathing in Neutral Spine 36
Coccyx Curls 37
Upper Abdominal Curls 38
Footwork Series
First Position 39
Heels in Parallel 39
Second Position 40
Advanced Footwork 40
Hundred 41
Frog Legs 42
Short Spine Stretch 43
Arm Reaches 44
Rolling Like a Ball 45
Roll-Up 46
Single Leg Stretch 48
Double Leg Stretch 49
Dead Hang Fold 50
Criss Cross 52
Spine Stretch Forward 53
Teaser 54
Rollover 56
Open Leg Rocker 58
Rollover-Teaser-Open Leg Rocker 59
Around the World 62
The Saw 64
Swan 66
Double-leg Kicks 67
Hinge Curl Roll-down 68
Bridge Series
Classic Bridge 70
One Leg Off 71
Bent Knee Bridge 72
Hamstring Stretch 72
Drumming 73
Semi-Circle 74
Control Back 76
Control Back One Leg Off 77
Side Kicks 78
Rends de Jambe 79
Plank Series
Basic Plank 80
Push-Up 81
Jackknife 82
Jackknife into Handstand 83
Knee Stretch 84
One Leg Off (Control Front) 85
Hip Twist 86
Rocking Swan 87
Grasshopper 88
Butt Series
Swimming Legs 90
Charlie Chaplin 91
Heel Squeezes 91
Scissors 92
Exploding Swan 93
Supine Series
Basic Roll-down/Roll-up 94
Torso Table Top 96
Single-leg Table 96
Butt Squeeze 96
Upper Abdominal Curls 97
Lie Back Stretch 98
Swan Against the Wall 100
Parallel Squat 102
Part 3 Cool Down
Lana Turner 106
Cat 108
Psoas Stretch 110
Advanced Psoas Stretch 111
Index 112
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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I don't know how to rate this because I just received this and a

    I don't know how to rate this because I just received this and already want to return it. It's not that the book doesn't include good or effective exercises. It just didn't meet my expectations of what  a stability ball book should  include. Primarily, I was disappointed that for nearly half the exercises, you just hold the balls in your hands or legs and are not using the ball for balance purposes.  I'm not a fitness expert but it seems like these exercises could have easily been done without the ball and with the same effects/impact. Albeit, the ball adds a little bit of resistance because of the weight. I was looking for exercises that made better use of the ball. About half the exercises in the book do this (i.e. the exercises are performed with weight pressed into the ball)  while the other half don't (i.e. the exerciser only holds the ball). I was just expecting more "on the ball exercises". 

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