Standing Pilates: Strengthen and Tone Your Body Wherever You Are

Standing Pilates: Strengthen and Tone Your Body Wherever You Are

by Joan Breibart
     
 

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Perform Pilates postures just about anywhere-- and get faster results!

Joseph Pilates's revolutionary methods of strengthening, toning, and even lengthening the body have become hugely popular all around the world. Now, in Standing Pilates, celebrated Pilates expert Joan Breibart takes Pilates off the floor, showing you step by step how to perform classic

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Perform Pilates postures just about anywhere-- and get faster results!

Joseph Pilates's revolutionary methods of strengthening, toning, and even lengthening the body have become hugely popular all around the world. Now, in Standing Pilates, celebrated Pilates expert Joan Breibart takes Pilates off the floor, showing you step by step how to perform classic postures while standing or sitting.

Breibart, the creator of the first Pilates exercise video, has transformed traditional Pilates floor exercises into a new workout that frees you to perform postures any time, anywhere, without mats, balls, or workout gear. This groundbreaking new method uses your own body weight to help you achieve faster, longer-lasting results. You get clear instruction on how to increase your focus, develop proper form, and strengthen and tone your body more easily and efficiently. Plus, Breibart gives you valuable tips on improving your technique, making modifications to the postures, and varying each exercise to take things up a notch. No matter your current fitness level, Standing Pilates is the revolutionary new way to reshape your body and reach your fitness goals in less time. This exciting new book:
* Features black-and-white photographs throughout that fully illustrate each exercise
* Explains how to exercise smarter to get the body you want
* Provides fundamentals and foundations for retraining your brain to move your body correctly to improve your balance and form
* Presents testimonials from fitness professionals on the benefits of Standing Pilates
* Includes up-to-date contact lists for certified Pilates instructors, those also certified in Standing Pilates, and Pilates Certifying Studios

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118040058
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
576,969
File size:
2 MB

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Standing Pilates


By Joan Breibart

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-471-56655-1


Chapter One

My Personal Pilates Story

Today there are thousands of certified Pilates instructors in private studios, health clubs, physical therapy offices, hospitals, YMCAs, universities, dance studios, and spas-everywhere that people gather to gain better bodies. But when I began in the mid-sixties, there were only three Pilates studios in the world, all within a few blocks of one another in Manhattan. They were practically identical: the exercises, the equipment, the technique, and even the fees.

Despite its limited availability, Pilates had good press. There were major articles about Joseph Pilates in national magazines and New York newspapers. Joe's opinions in such quotes such as "Physical fitness is the first requisite for happiness," and "There is no hope for world peace if the members of the United Nations cannot do my first five mat exercises," were controversial, which attracted me. I decided to try Pilates, even though "working out" wasn't even a term back then. During the subsequent decades, I sampled the poplar fitness trends: running, Jazzercise, Nautilus, and even killer aerobics classes. Although I knew nothing about functional anatomy or correct biomechanics (and neither did the instructors), I never felt that the popular go-for-the-burn exercise mantra made sense.

I was still a Pilates fan when, in 1988, my family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had heard that therewere some Pilates studios outside of New York, in California and London, but it was still such a secret. Pilates clients liked it that way, too. But at that time, leaving New York meant that I would have to leave Pilates.

Three years later, I was enjoying Santa Fe, but my body, particularly my neck and shoulders, definitely missed Pilates. A chiropractor told me that my neck was too "locked up" to release, but recommended a woman who did body miracles and had this funny exercise equipment. I called her immediately.

Her name was Eve Gentry and she had taught Pilates for Joe in his original studio since the mid-forties. After Joe's death in 1967, she had moved to Santa Fe and opened a Pilates practice with equipment that Clara, Joe's wife, had built especially for her. When I walked to her studio the next day, I had to go only three blocks. I had lived in Santa Fe for three years and she had been in my backyard!

Soon I was feeling good again and I began to think about how Pilates was so special and why no one knew about it. Between February and April 1991, I toyed with the idea of starting a professional organization to train instructors in the Pilates method. But I was on the fence until mid-April.

As I was reading the Sunday New York Times, an article by Penelope Green about exercise got my attention. It suggested that we had all tired of trying to be Jane Fonda and Arnold Schwarzenegger and maybe we should go back to the real stuff, Pilates. I took that as a sign that I should go ahead: April 14, 1991, was my fiftieth birthday.

The next day Eve Gentry and her associate, Michele Larsson, and I started the Institute for the Pilates Method. In that year we would publish the Pilates Forum and the first Pilates Reformer encyclopedia; create the Pilates video, Working Out the Pilates Way; and teach the first Pilates Certification Conference.

In 2001, I returned to New York. I replaced a car with my feet for transportation. I found my legs again. This was a big shift in awareness, which was the impetus to evolve Pilates.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

JOAN BREIBART, in 1991, founded the Institute for the Pilates Method, the first membership and certification organization for Pilates professionals. The institute produced the first Pilates video, Working Out the Pilates Way. Her training programs are used worldwide to certify Pilates professionals, and Breibart's organization, the PhysicalMind Institute, is now training hundreds of instructors in Standing Pilates. She regularly writes on all aspects of the Pilates movement, helping to guide its future, which she believes is just beginning.

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