Pilates Bible

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The most comprehensive and easily accessible guide to Pilates ever.

Participation in Pilates has skyrocketed by more than 500 percent in the last five years. Today 9.5 million Americans do Pilates at least once a week.

The Pilates Bible is the modern guide to this superb fitness program. The authors, all expert Pilates instructors, correlate their own practical experience with up-to-date knowledge, new ...

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Overview

The most comprehensive and easily accessible guide to Pilates ever.

Participation in Pilates has skyrocketed by more than 500 percent in the last five years. Today 9.5 million Americans do Pilates at least once a week.

The Pilates Bible is the modern guide to this superb fitness program. The authors, all expert Pilates instructors, correlate their own practical experience with up-to-date knowledge, new exercises and brand-new modifications supported by recent medical findings.

Clear step-by-step photographs show the exercises, and captions provide tips on form and movement. There is a range of workout choices designed for sessions lasting 20 to 30 minutes, 40 to 50 minutes and 60 to 70 minutes.

The book includes:

  • The guiding principles and fundamentals of Pilates
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced mat work
  • General health benefits and benefits for specific medical conditions
  • Pilates for sedentary and active lifestyles, sports and weight training
  • Pilates in the local gym, at work and while traveling
  • Prenatal and postnatal exercises
  • Exercises for menopausal and postmenopausal women
  • A survey of studio equipment and small equipment

Designed as a practical all-in-one guide, The Pilates Bible is the most authoritative and comprehensive book on Pilates available. Students, practitioners and instructors will find this book indispensable.

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Editorial Reviews

Vitality Magazine - Susannah Kent
An exceptional resource for beginners and professionals alike.... Whether you just want to learn about this wonderful exercise form, a novice looking for additional guidance, or an old hand hoping to increase your repertoire and skill level, this book will not disappoint. The dictionary definition for "bible" (spelled in lower case) is: any book, reference work, periodical, etc., accepted as authoritative, informative, and reliable. The Pilates Bible certainly meets all of these criteria, and lives up to hype that it is the best book on the subject to date.
Halifax Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
This book is chock full of how-to instructions for everything from prone beats to press ups, the cat and the mermaid.
Impact Magazine - Lena Greer
When a book calls itself the bible of anything, it better cover all the bases. The Pilates Bible is a comprehensive, illustrated reference focusing on Pilates matwork, as developed by Body Control Pilates. It builds on Joseph Pilates' original work, with a brief section of exercises on the traditional Pilates equipment. It also highlights how this fitness staple can be applied to everyday activities for people in different stages of life. The book covers beginner, intermediate and advanced mat programs in great depth. It educates the readers in proper starting positions and basic principles to be followed by more challenging exercises. The fundamentals and beginner programs would be beneficial for anyone starting out with Pilates, with or without a trainer. It would also be useful as a refresher, or for a personal trainer to incorporate Pilates movements.
Calgary Herald
Even though everyone seems to be putting it on the "not" side of the hot/not ledger, you can't beat Pilates for toning the body. Expand your practice beyond the weekly class with a new book called The Pilates Bible written by three expert instructors. The book is packed with easy-to-follow photographs, detailed instructions and tips for becoming more adept. The authors have designed a range of workout sessions lasting 20 to 30 minutes, 40 to 50 minutes and 60 to 70 minutes. All you need to get started at home—besides the book—is a non-slip mat, a towel, a pillow and a stretch band. Suitable for all ages.
Taste for Life
Wondering what Pilates is all about? With the most current information and exercises, students from beginners to advanced will find this fully illustrated, color guide to be of value. Easy-to-follow photographs, detailed instructions, and descriptions of what each exercise is designed to do help readers follow along at their own pace with routines varying from 20 to 70 minutes. Helpful "Watch Points" are included to provide students with tips on posture and body alignment during poses. This easy-to-follow format may even get a couch potato to give Pilates a try.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856268806
  • Publisher: Kyle Books - Canada Only
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Robinson cofounded Body Control Pilates, which has trained more than 1,300 Pilates teachers. Her books and DVDs have sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Lisa Bradshaw is a studio and mat master teacher and head of education and professional development for Body Control Pilates.

Nathan Gardner teaches Pilates and designs courses and programs for Body Control Pilates.

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