From the world's bestselling author on Pilates. The thinking person's guide to the gym!
By applying the principles of Pilates, the world's most popular fitness program, to a range of exercise forms, you'll achieve a perfect balance of strength, flexibility, stamina, and cardiovascular health. Realign and reshape the body correctly by learning how to move well and give muscles maximum toning with a minimum of wear and tear. Picture-filled double-page spreads present gentle stretches for loosening every area of the body, calisthenics that concentrate on specific muscles, and all the popular machines (rower, treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical cross trainer, and more). For every one you'll learn the aim of the exercise, watch points, guidelines for good technique, and a list of common mistakes. Complete programs are laid out for you--with warm-ups, cooldowns, pre- and post-machine stretches, and abdominals--for in the gym and at home.
Plus: 18 new body-control Pilates mat exercises!