Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology (Revised Edition for the 21st Century)

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            First published in 1945, Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology contains the authorized, legal, edited, and original Library of Congress version of Joseph H. Pilates’ and William J. Miller’s first complete fitness writings. It details the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Based on his concepts of a balanced body and mind, and drawn from the approach espoused by the early ...

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            First published in 1945, Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology contains the authorized, legal, edited, and original Library of Congress version of Joseph H. Pilates’ and William J. Miller’s first complete fitness writings. It details the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Based on his concepts of a balanced body and mind, and drawn from the approach espoused by the early Greeks, these are the exercises that continue to sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques. Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. Readers will learn and view the original 34 exercises that Pilates taught to his students, many of whom have become exercise gurus in their own right. These carefully designed exercises constitute the results of decades of scientific study and research into the variety of physical ills that upset the balance of body and mind.

Practitioners of Pilates’ forms and exercises in the 21st century continue to expand upon this earlier work by presenting a variety of creative new approaches involving circular movements, standing postures, and core strengthening exercises using props such as tubes, weights, poles, bands, magic circles, mini-balls, stability balls, foam rollers, and more.

Now included in this Revised Edition are 18 additional pages of explanations of what has transpired since the original 1945 work, along with several photo/text sequences of the latest 21st-century enhancements in the Pilates world. There are new descriptive pages of text that first describe the fitness principles evolved from Pilates’ original Contrology work. This is followed by detailed text describing 21st-century evolutionary developments that present the key dancers, choreographers, and leaders in the Pilates Studio and certifying organizations through the present. This section ends with a discussion of evolutionary props and apparatus developments, plus 21st-century sample exercises drawn from our larger new book, Pilates Evolution for the 21st Century. Following this section are three complete prop-based demonstration exercises that include both photographic sequences (four per exercise) and step-by-step instructions for 21st-century Pilates exercises using the magic circle, elastic resistance, and the small fitness mini-ball.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928564904
  • Publisher: Bodymind Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 195,117
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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Joseph Pilates' based his concepts of a balanced body and mind on the approach espoused by the early Greeks. His books discuss fitness, health, and include his original exercises that currently sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques. He has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. Judd Robbins has spent more than thirty years teaching physical fitness to students across the United States. During more than half of that time, he has specialized in teaching and enhancing the fundamental guidance and instruction of Joseph Pilates. He has multiple certifications in Pilates, yoga, and martial arts from various organizations. Lin Van Heuit-Robbins brings a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of California, Berkeley, to her regular teachings in Pilates and personal training. Certified by the Physical Mind Institute in Pilates, she is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as both a group instructor and a personal trainer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    The original Joseph Pilates plan

    If you are looking for the original 'Controlology' here it is. The development of the 'reformer' ,wunda chair---this is the real stuff for anyone interested in the origin,development, refinement, and hundreds of exercises to build the 'core'. A must for any serious student of 'PILATES'

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    I really appreciate the Pilate's theory in this book

    I really appreciate the Pilate's theory in this book. But it is very hard to full fill all the postures for me. As for the price of the book, I think it is a little bit expensive for a such thin book. But sometimes we can benefit a sentence or a meaning from the book is enough.

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