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Pilates

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Human Kinetics
 | 
March, 2014
ISBN:
9781450434164
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Banyen's Description: 

Now in a second, even more accessible edition, this is the first truly complete guide to Pilates technique, exercises and equipment. A thorough, well-written, visually accurate, and useable guide to proper Pilates practice, this book will be a trustworthy guide for the millions of people now doing Pilates exercises worldwide.

Strengthen, lengthen, and sculpt your muscles with the full range of Pilates exercises. In Pilates, world-renowned Pilates “teacher of teachers” Rael Isacowitz shows you the same repertoire that he has used to train 10 Olympians, including U.S. figure skater Sasha Cohen and diver Wendy Williams, as well as an elite group of professional instructors who work with celebrities and athletes around the world.

Starting with the foundation for all the exercises, Pilates presents an in-depth treatment of mat work, including photo illustrations and detailed breathing instruction to help you perform the movements correctly. A unique set of challenging exercise sequences allows the movements to flow in one continuous motion. Included are level of difficulty ratings, recommended resistance ranges, imagery cues, and how readers will benefit from each movement.

Following mat work, where most books stop entirely, Pilates just gets going. The same depth of instruction and photo illustrations are applied to the full range of Pilates apparatus: Reformer, Cadillac, Step and ladder barrels, Magic circle, Wunda chair, Ped-a-pul, and Arm chair.

Because breath control is an integral part of Pilates, notes on breathing patterns are included for each exercise. Readers will also benefit from the detailed information on fundamentals such as the mind-body connection, alignment, and posture.

The complete repertoire includes a customized grouping of exercises in blocks that progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates development.

Pilates is the most comprehensive guide available on the Pilates method. A contemporary approach to the work of Joseph Pilates, this one book can guide you dependably toward improving posture, muscle tone, core strength, and flexibility.

Publisher’s Description: 

The most comprehensive guide on Pilates is now updated, expanded, and better than ever! In this second edition, world-renowned Pilates expert Rael Isacowitz shows you the same repertoire that he has used to train multiple Olympians as well as an elite group of professional instructors who work with celebrities and athletes around the world.

Starting with the foundation for all the exercises, Pilates presents an in-depth treatment of mat work, including photos, imagery cues, and detailed instruction on breathing to help you perform the movements correctly. The mat work in this edition is organized according to a mat-specific version of the comprehensive BASI Block System used for the apparatus work. This arrangement enhances understanding of the expansive repertoire and provides the tools for creating personalized mat routines. A unique set of challenging exercise sequences is offered to facilitate performing the movements in one continuous, flowing motion.

After the mat work, where most books stop entirely, Pilates goes on to apply the same depth of instruction and photos to the full range of Pilates apparatus:

  • Reformer
  • Cadillac
  • Wunda chair
  • Step and ladder barrels
  • Ped-a-pul
  • Arm chair
  • Magic circle

The complete repertoire includes a purposeful grouping of exercises into blocks that work all regions of the body and progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates development. Exercises in this conveniently organized book include level of difficulty ratings, recommended ressistance ranges, imagery cues, and explanation of not only how to perform the movements but also how readers will benefit from them. And because breath control is an integral part of Pilates, notes on breathing patterns are included for each exercise.

With more than 200 exercises and more than 50 variations, Pilates is the most comprehensive guide available on the method. As a contemporary approach to the work of Joseph Pilates, this is the one book you need in order to improve your balance, concentration, coordination, posture, muscle tone, core strength, and flexibility—in short, your well-being.

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