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Pilates On Ball

The World's Most Popular Workout Using the Exercise Ball
Paperback Book
Inner Traditions
November, 2001
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The Pilates Method of body conditioning is a highly effective workout technique combining focused movement and breathing that aligns the body, building long, lean muscles, and develops core abdominal strength. Originally developed for dancers in the early 20th century by gymnast Joseph Pilates, its principles and practice have now become widespread in fitness studios worldwide.

In a first-of-its-kind fusion, Pilates on the Ball merges the principles and exercises of the Pilates Method of body conditioning with the unique functions of the exercise ball, used by coaches, dancers, and athletes to fine-tune body awareness and enhance physical performance. Using the exercise ball, there is no need for the expensive equipment or studio time required in Pilates training.

The ball magnifies the benefits of the carefully developed and refined Pilates Method. Because maintaining balance on the ball recruits the deep, stabilizing muscles of the spine, the postural muscles are strengthened. The ball intensifies athletic performance by increasing resistance and heightening awareness of how the body moves in space. Well-illustrated chapters detail the Pilates principles step by step, with successive movements to challenge all levels of ability and “watch points” for careful evaluation of your form. Intense enough to engage seasoned athletes yet accessible enough to use as an everyday exercise routine or to alleviate chronic pain, Pilates on the Ball builds balanced bodies and engaged minds.

The book and DVD set (the book is available separately also) allows readers to see in motion exactly how to position the body throughout each phase of the exercise and also to see what pitfalls can occur and how to prevent them. Most important, the DVD allows the user to follow along as if in a class setting.

Colleen Craig is a certified Pilates trainer and ballet dancer in

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