Pilates Method of Body Conditioning: Introduction to the Core Exercises

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Introduction to the Core Exercises
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Overview

Introduction to the Core Exercises
Here's your opportunity to begin working out with the world's fastest-growing exercise program, originated by Joseph H. Pilates (Pi-LAH-teez). Once used mainly by performing artists and athletes, this low-stress program is now available to millions of active and sedentary people to improve their physical and mental well-being. The book contains more than 70 exercises with over 300 photographs to show you how to work out at home or in the office on the various Pilates apparatus.

Some of the Benefits of the Pilates® Method:
Relieves Back Pain. Gets Rid of "Love Handles." Firms the Body to Give it a Sleeker Look. Improves Muscle & Joint Flexibility. Corrects Posture Problems. Lessens Fatigue and Pain. Adds Strength to the Body without Bulk. Increases Physical & Mental Endurance. Assures a Good Night's Sleep. Improves Sexual Enjoyment. Helps Control Weight Disorders. Heals Damaged Tissues. Helps Prevent Osteoporosis. Stimulates Your Circulatory System. Aids Pre- and Post-Natal Women. Keeps Senior Citizens in Top Shape. Lengthens the Body. Used by Performers, Athletes, Business People, & Others
Some of the celebrities who have used the Pilates® Method include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Graham, Gregory Peck, Patrick Swayze, Jessica Lange, Glenn Close, Julia Roberts, Pat Cash, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, NBA Player Steve Smith, Madonna, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Collins, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, and professional ballet companies in New York City, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

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Shortly after World War I, Joseph Pilates, an accomplished nurse, gymnast, skier, and boxer, perfected a rehabilitation and conditioning program of "Balanced Body" exercise by combining both Eastern and Western philosophies. For almost 70 years his low-stress program, which concentrates on proper breathing, body alignment, and improved concentration, was used primarily by performing artists and athletes, but it is now becoming popular with the general public because it provides a no-impact workout appropriate for all fitness levels from the sedentary intellectual to the professional dancer. The Pilates Method can also be used safely by pregnant women and seniors. Gallagher, founder of the worldwide chain of Pilates Studios and professional physical therapist for ballet companies, and Kryzanowska, a master trainer and personal friend of Pilates, have compiled a comprehensive resource that details more than 70 exercises with over 300 photos. A section on frequently asked questions, a summary of core exercises, a glossary, weekly exercise plans, web sites, lists of certifying centers and certified instructors, and a "how to" list for purchasing equipment all add to the value of this excellent handbook. Recommended for all fitness collections.--Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ Libs., Dayton, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891696084
  • Publisher: BainBridgeBooks
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Biography of Joseph H. Pilates 8
Introduction 10
Frequently Asked Questions 16
Pilates Method & the Benefits of Exercise 19
Consulting a Certified Instructor 24
Summary of Core Exercises 25
Glossary of Terms 26
Before Beginning the Method 28
The Core Exercises
Pt. 1 The Mat 30
Pt. 2 Wall Exercises 70
Pt. 3 Wall Springs (The Cadillac) 76
Pt. 4 The Magic Circle 100
Pt. 5 Small and Large Barrels 106
Pt. 6 The Pilates Performer 126
Pt. 7 Chair Exercises 164
Pt. 8 Special Exercise Programs
Exercises for Pregnant and Post-Natal Women 180
Exercises for Senior Citizens 191
Corrective Exercises 193
Suggested Exercise Routines for Beginners 194
Directory of Pilates Studios 198
Certified Pilates Instructors 199
International Instructors 206
How to Purchase Pilates Equipment and Training Aids 207
Index 208
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Not bad but try one on one instruction too!

    I agree with the other reviewers that you can get a very well rounded program put together and you can feel marvelous afterwards. What you can't get from this book is the exact positioning, the feedback from someone watching you to make sure your shoulders don't slump and you have your knees bent correctly. You can only get that from one on one instruction and with Pilates that's the only way to truly get the real benefits. Just as everyone saids its costly. You may be able to supplement one on one with videos and the books. You might want to get a couple of lessons to get started so you understand body positioning and its importance, then get videos (someone mentioned Jennifer Kries and she is excellent I have most of her tapes) and then you might want to get a couple of books, this being one of them. I would periodically go and get Pilates instruction to make sure I am not developing any bad habits, etc. Another reviewer mentioned a pet peeve of mine and that is the fact that our government allowed an individual to copy right the name Pilates. It's ridiculous and they weren't allowed to do that in Europe. There are some excellent tapes in Britain which can't be sold here because of the copy right issue and it's a shame. It's expensive because they have the market cornered and I don't like that at all, it's not fair competition. I have attended instruction with groups and one on one where they emphasize they are based on the teachings of Pilates which is how they get around the copy right issue. Look for those in your area and you'll find they are cheaper and doing the very same exercises but they have to call them something else. Try this book you will definitely find it useful.

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