A Pilates Primer: The Combo Millennium Edition

A Pilates Primer: The Combo Millennium Edition

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by Joseph Pilates
     
 

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This Combo Millennium Edition includes both of the published works of Joseph Pilates. Newly edited and revised, this is the only authorized copy of the Library of Congress books written by Joe Pilates. It makes available in one volume all of his early Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness, as well as the exercises, poses,

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This Combo Millennium Edition includes both of the published works of Joseph Pilates. Newly edited and revised, this is the only authorized copy of the Library of Congress books written by Joe Pilates. It makes available in one volume all of his early Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness, as well as the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to his exciting fitness program. You will also learn every single one of his original 34 mat exercises taught to his own students. Living testimony to the validity of his own teachings, Joseph Pilates shares in these writings his fundamental tenets of posture, body mechanics, correct breathing, spinal flexibility, physical education, and his law of natural exercises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781928564645
Publisher:
Presentation Dynamics
Publication date:
08/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
161
Sales rank:
376,190
File size:
5 MB

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Meet the Author

Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast of Greek ancestry, and his mother worked as a naturopath. Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Besides skiing frequently, he began studying body-building, yoga, "cong fu" (probably what we now call qigong), and gymnastics. By the age of 14, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. Pilates came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly. Pilates was originally a gymnast, diver, and bodybuilder, but when he moved to England in 1912, he earned a living as a professional boxer, circus-performer, and self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. Nevertheless, the British authorities interned him during World War I along with other German citizens in an internment camp on the Isle of Man. During this involuntary break, he began to intensively develop his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which he himself called "Contrology." He studied yoga and the movements of animals and trained his fellow inmates in fitness and exercises. It is told that these inmates survived the great pandemic of 1918 due to their good physical shape. After the war (WWI), he returned to Germany and collaborated with important experts in dance and physical exercise such as Rudolf Laban. In Hamburg, he also trained police officers. When he was pressured to train members of the German army, he left his native country, disappointed with its political and social conditions, and emigrated to the United States. The year 1925 is the approximate time when Pilates migrated to the United States. On the ship to America, he met his future wife Clara. The couple founded a studio in New York City and directly taught and supervised their students well into the 1960s. His method, which he and Clara originally called "Contrology," related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles. It focuses attention on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. Joseph and Clara Pilates soon established a devout following in the local dance and the performing-arts community of New York. Well-known dancers such as George Balanchine, who arrived in the United States in 1933, and Martha Graham, who had come to New York in 1923, became devotees and regularly sent their students to the Pilates for training and rehabilitation. Joseph Pilates wrote several books, including Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health, and he was also a prolific inventor, with over 26 patents cited.[5] Joe and Clara had a number of disciples who continued to teach variations of his method or, in some cases, focused exclusively on preserving the method, and the instructor-training techniques, they had learned during their studies with Joe and Clara. Joseph Pilates died in 1967 at the age of 83 in New York.

Judd Robbins has been a fitness instructor since 1980 and is certified in Pilates, yoga, and jujitsu. He has been an internationally recognized expert witness since 1986 in the US and in the UK. He has testified in State and Federal courts and has been featured as a testifying computer forensics expert on MSNBC, Court TV, and Tech TV. His cases range widely from intellectual property infringement to murder. He has been a best-selling author of more than 30 training and computer books and has created more than 25 training DVDs and videos. Robbins has advanced degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan, has been an Information Systems manager and an Education Systems manager, and consults in both computer and legal issues.

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Pilate's Primer 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a valuable piece of history. Absolutely necessary and fascinating to the pilates instructor or intermediate-advanced enthusiast. Those who are new to pilates will prefer books by Brooke Siler or Alycea Ungaro.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Pilates was an ingenious man, and I have lost a great deal of weight, as well as becoming toned and feeling great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes life changes take time and patience. Pilates is a terrific way to get in shape but not recommended for an obese user. Once you have changed your eating habits, not by diets but lifestyle change. Try this method. It will change your life. Dr Atkins fails to give you information on the risks involved with his diet. I advise you to read up on that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it blowed becuase it wont show you massive heart ripping techniques, and now I am completly pissed off, and I will have to drop the Pilates fitness plan, and move on to the Atkins