Pilates Anatomy

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Madonna does it. Jennifer Aniston does it. And so do plenty of pro football players. These days, it seems like everyone is doing pilates, a form of exercise that strengthens core muscle groups for a lean, toned body. Written and developed by a renowned pilates instructor, Pilates Anatomy is designed to be a thorough guide for every level—from beginner to advanced. This unique book aims to teach more than just different exercises. Detailed anatomical illustrations teach readers all about muscle mechanics and how ...

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Overview

Madonna does it. Jennifer Aniston does it. And so do plenty of pro football players. These days, it seems like everyone is doing pilates, a form of exercise that strengthens core muscle groups for a lean, toned body. Written and developed by a renowned pilates instructor, Pilates Anatomy is designed to be a thorough guide for every level—from beginner to advanced. This unique book aims to teach more than just different exercises. Detailed anatomical illustrations teach readers all about muscle mechanics and how their bodies work to encourage safe, injury–free workouts. To help reinforce students’ understanding, this book also features reference sections on pilates terminology and a glossary of muscles. Discover how "chicken wings," "tiny steps," and "the corkscrew" can help create a long, lean, strong body. Readers can choose from a comprehensive list of individual pilates exercises designed for every level of practice. In addition to individual movements, this amazing book also includes a series of challenging workouts featuring both mats and props for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Interest in pilates continues to grow—there are over 15 million people who regularly practice pilates, and many more who would like to try this method of exercise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607100157
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 719,878
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Abby Ellsworth is a certified Pilates specialist. She is the owner of the Pilates, Therapy and Wellness Center of Westchester, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Pilates Method 8

Pilates Basics 12

The Stretches 16

Hamstring Stretch 18

ITB Stretch 19

Hip Flexor Stretch 20

Quadriceps Stretch 21

Runner's Stretch 22

Soleus Stretch 23

Piriformis Stretch 24

Lumbar Stretch 25

Spine Stretch I 26

Triceps Stretch 27

Latissimus Dorsi Stretch 28

Neck Flexion 30

Side-bend Stretch 31

The Exercises 32

Beginner Exercises 34

Half Curl 34

Tiny Steps 36

Side Leg Lift Prep 38

Rolling Like a Ball 40

Spine Stretch II 42

Spine Twist 44

Roll-down 46

Bridge I 48

Single-leg Circles 50

The Hundred I 52

Single-leg Stretch 54

Double-leg Stretch 56

The Rising Swan 58

Child's Pose 60

Plank Roll-down 62

Thigh Rock-back 64

Tendon Stretch 66

Single-leg Balance 68

The Windmill 70

Heel Beats 72

Beginner Sample Sequences 74

Intermediate Exercises 76

Plank with Leg Lift 76

Leg Pull-back 78

The Seal 80

The Saw 82

The Crisscross 84

The Scissors 86

Teaser I 88

Side Kick I 90

Side Passé 92

Bicycle Kick 94

The Roll-up 96

Single-leg Kick 98

Plank Press-up 100

Rollover/Hip Up 102

The Mermaid 104

Swimming 106

Side Bend I 108

Bridge II 110

Neck Pull 112

The Hundred II 114

Intermediate Sample sequences 116

Advanced Exercises 118

The Twist 118

Side Kick II 120

Teaser II 122

Open-leg Rocker 124

Double-leg Kick 126

Short Plank 128

Leg Pull-down 130

Hip Twist 132

Seal with Foot Clap 134

Side Bend II 136

Push-up 138

Side Leg Lift 140

Kneeling Side Kick I 142

Oblique Roll-down 144

Bridge III 146

Jackknife 148

Corkscrew 150

Kneeling Side Kick II 152

Control Balance 154

The Star 156

Advanced Sample Sequences158

Credits and Acknowledgments 160

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Abby Ellsworth did a great job helping the reader understand the muscles that should be used with common Pilate moves.

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