Pilates Evolution - The 21st Century

Pilates Evolution - The 21st Century


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This new Revision of the popular Pilates Primer contains all of the original Pilates Primer content and materials (copies of both of Joseph Pilates original two books: Contrology and Your Health) and another almost 100 pages with significant writings on the latest developments in the Pilates world of trainings and instruction in recent years.Much has changed in the 21st Century since 1934 when Joseph Pilates wrote his first book (Your Health) about fitness and health. His second book in 1945, Return to Life through Contrology, contains his detailed and definitive series of exercises.Both of these original books were copyrighted and republished by us, and are incorporated into this new Revised edition under the new and broader title, Pilates Evolution. This Revision has received dramatic and extensive updates for the 21st Century and is the natural evolution of his original writings, elucidating, expanding on, and demonstrating where Pilates' fitness is moving currently. Inside this new book, Pilates Evolution, you will find all the Pilates' Primer pages and much more: Joe's original exercise photograph sequences, poses and instructions.¢ Joe's original words explaining his very personal Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness.¢ The very latest in 21st Century enhancements to Pilates' exercises, using variations in body positioning, balancing, centering, and aligning, both with and without additional exercise props. Joseph Pilates based his work on the concept of a balanced body and mind espoused by the early Greeks. Learn in this book how current practitioners of Pilates in the 21st Century expand upon Joe's earlier work. Read and see photographic sequences about creative 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928564911
Publisher: Presentation Dynamics
Publication date: 06/21/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 634,741
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Part I Your Health (Original Edition) 9

Introducing Part I and Pilates' View of Your Health 10

Chapter 1 A Grave Situation 21

Chapter 2 Health - A Normal-Natural Condition 27

Chapter 3 Dreadful Conditions 33

Chapter 4 Heading Downward 38

Chapter 5 Common Sense Remedies for Common Human Ills! 44

Chapter 6 "Contrology" 52

Chapter 7 "Balance of Body and Mind" 56

Chapter 8 First Educate the Child! 57

Chapter 9 Proved Facts! 64

Chapter 10 New Style Beds and Chairs 71

Part II Contrology (Original Edition) 81

Introducing Part II and Fitness Principles Evolved from Contrology 82

Return to Life through Contrology - Original Edition 85

Basic Fundamentals of a Natural Physical Education 95

Civilization Impairs Physical Fitness 95

Contrology Restores Physical Fitness 98

Guiding Principles of Contrology 100

Bodily House-cleaning with Blood Circulation 101

Results of Contrology 110

The Original Exercises 113

1 The Hundred 114

2 The Roll Up 116

3 The Roll-Over With Legs Spread (Both Ways) 118

4 The One Leg Circle (Both Ways) 120

5 Rolling Back 122

6 The One Leg Stretch 124

7 The Double Leg Stretch 126

8 The Spine Stretch 128

9 Rocker With Open Legs 130

10 The Cork-Screw 132

11 The Saw 134

12 The Swan-Dive 136

13 The One Leg Kick 138

14 The Double Kick 140

15 The Neck Pull 142

16 The Scissors 144

17 The Bicycle 146

18 The Shoulder Bridge 148

19 The Spine Twist 150

20 The Jack Knife 152

21 The Side Kick 154

22 The Teaser 156

23 The Hip Twist With Stretched Arms 158

24 Swimming 160

25 The Leg-Pull - Front 162

26 The Leg-Pull 164

27 The Side Kick Kneeling 166

28 The Side Bend 168

29 The Boomerang 170

30 The Seal 172

31 The Crab 174

32 The Rocking 176

33 The Control Balance 178

34 The Push Up 180

Part III 21st Century Pilates Evolution 183

Introduction to Evolutionary Developments 187

Chapter 1 Pilates Magic Circle 191

Chapter 2 Weights 197

Chapter 3 Seated Pilates 203

Chapter 4 Mini Stability Ball 209

Chapter 5 Elastic Resistance 215

Chapter 6 Standing Work 221

Chapter 7 Circular Work 227

Chapter 8 'Unstable' Surfaces' 233

Chapter 9 Fusion Classes 239

Chapter 10 Sports Specific Pilates 245

Appendix A Glossary of Pilates' terms 251

Appendix B Index 255

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