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What to have more energy and strength and look and feel better than you have in years? Then Pilates is for you. This unique conditioning system strengthens muscles you never knew existed as it lengthens and strengthens muscles you've given up hope on. It realigns your spine, flattens your stomach, and improves your posture -- giving your body a toned, streamlined look. Developed by Pilates instructor Jillian Hessel, Pilates Basics is a series of exercises that anyone can do, regardless of fitness level. In this ...
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What to have more energy and strength and look and feel better than you have in years? Then Pilates is for you. This unique conditioning system strengthens muscles you never knew existed as it lengthens and strengthens muscles you've given up hope on. It realigns your spine, flattens your stomach, and improves your posture -- giving your body a toned, streamlined look. Developed by Pilates instructor Jillian Hessel, Pilates Basics is a series of exercises that anyone can do, regardless of fitness level. In this companion to the video Pilates for Beginners, Hessel guides you through a complete mat workout, beginning with the B.E.A.M. Fundamentals -- her one-of-a-kind program of pre-Pilates warm-ups that will help you focus your breath, energy, alignment, and movement. These exercises prepare your body for the 21 classic Pilates mat exercises to come, each one with full-color photography and detailed step-by-step instruction. You'll also learn how to modify and adjust each of the classic exercises for your own body. After the classics, you'll find a bonus section of auxiliary exercises that you can do anytime (they take 5 minutes or less!), anywhere. Unlike other workout routines, Pilates isn't exhausting, it's invigorating! Make Pilates Basics part of your regular exercise program, and you're guaranteed to be on your way to a whole new you.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780875969138
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 8
Pilates: The Road to a New You 9
Part 1 Pilates Primer
Chapter 1 Understanding the Nuts and Bolts 14
Chapter 2 Perfecting Your Posture 24
Part 2 Your Body in Motion
Chapter 3 Setting the Foundation: B.E.A.M. Fundamentals 48
Chapter 4 Beyond the Basics: Classic Matwork 92
Chapter 5 Take 5: Auxiliary Exercises 136
Glossary 152
Index 155
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    great introduction to pilates

    I found this book was a great introduction to Pilates, not just as an exercise, but also the concept behind Pilates. I had previous instruction in Pilates in classes and through fitness articles but this book helped me understand the basics behind it and the fundamentals needed to get the most out of a Pilates workout. This book focuses on things such as your posture and breathing methods that are sometimes skipped over by other Pilates instruction but are very important. I found the book easy to understand and to follow the directions. A good place to start when learning about Pilates.

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