Teaches beginning to advanced exercises that apply Pilates methods to workouts with an exercise ball.
Author: Michael King
Explains the core principles and basic movements of the Pilates exercise method, and includes step-by-step explanations of each position.
A unique series of Pilates strength-building exercises using the Swiss exercise ball, resistance bands, and weights • From the bestselling author of Pilates on the Ball and Abs on the Ball • Features specialized strength-training workouts for readers of all ages and fitness levels • Chapters include check points to help readers set realistic goals and tips for physical educators, coaches, and Pilates teachers In Strength Training on the Ball Colleen Craig shows readers of all fitness levels how to build strong bones, improve balance, and reduce body fat while toning and defining the body. Combining the unique functions of the exercise ball with the endurance- and flexibility-building benefits of strength training, Craig presents 75 ball exercises using weights, resistance bands, and the body's own resistance. Her exercise variations make strength training safe for beginners, children, teenagers, and seniors and challenging enough for the seasoned athlete. Strength Training on the Ball is modeled after Craig's groundbreaking and bestselling works Pilates on the Ball and Abs on the Ball. It contains step-by-step photographs for each of the exercises, check points to help readers set realistic yet motivating goals, and teaching tips for physical educators, coaches, and Pilates teachers. The book concludes with three specialized strength workouts: a therapeutic workout for those recovering from injuries, a basic workout for absolute beginners, and a challenging workout for athletes and gym enthusiasts.
Author: Christine Romani-Ruby
Publisher: Healthy Learning
Pilates: Using Small Props for Big Results provides a new Pilates props style. The Pilates exercises described are appropriate for all practice settings or clientele. The props provide variety, while appropriate challenges and modifications are also presented. The easy-to-follow instructions and photographs make this book an excellent reference. The exercises use small props to enhance and encourage proper movement, connecting the mind and the body. Creating muscle balance through proper movement patterns will make and keep anyone well, whether they are a high-level athlete or recovering from an injury. This book will explore the use of the ring, the spine corrector, the baby arc, and the foam roller as teaching tools in the study of movement. These tools will be used in the following three ways: To motivate and challenge the client. When participants master a movement, they may become complacent and bored. Props such as the foam roller and the ring can make exercises more challenging and change their effect to hold the interest of the client. To reinforce and support the client. When participants are just beginning the mat work, they often need support to prevent injury to their spine or added reinforcement to maintain the proper alignment for safety. To inform the client. Participants often need direction or an impetus for proper movement.
Author: Joan Breibart
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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
The Pilates Body
Author: Brooke Siler
Provides a program of Pilates exercises with illustrated step-by-step instructions for a complete circuit of mat exercises
Pilates For Dummies
Author: Ellie Herman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Once the secret fitness weapon of professional dancers, athletes, and movie stars, Pilates is sweeping the country with a vengeance. And if even half of what its many fans claim is true, then it’s easy to see why. Combining elements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and boxing, along with many original movements, Pilates exercises build muscle tone, improve flexibility and balance, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, and repair past injuries. Most people who’ve done it, even for a short time, say they feel stronger and more energized, centered and physically confident than ever before. They also like having the flat tummies, tight buns, and long lean thighs of a dancer. Pilates For Dummies lets you get on board with the Pilates method , without the high cost of private instruction. Packed with step-by-step exercises, photos, and illustrations, it helps you develop your own Pilates fitness program to do at home or in the gym. Top Pilates trainer Ellie Herman shows you how to use eight basic Pi lates principles to get the most out of your mat-based routines and: Look and feel better than ever Get stronger, more flexible, in control and less prone to injury Target and tone problem areas Get movie star abs, buns, thighs and arms Repair chronic stress and sports injuries Calmly, clearly, and with quirky good humor, Ellie explores the origins and basic philosophy of the Pilates method, and helps you set realistic fitness goals and custom-tailor a program. She also covers: Basic, intermediate , and advanced mat exercises Using Pilates exercise equipment and accessories Targeting specific areas including the stomach, back, thighs, and chest Pilates for the pregnant and recently pregnant body Using Pilates to heal injuries, reform posture Ten simple ways to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life Combining Pilates with other forms of exercise, including yoga, swimming, aerobics, and more Why let the rich and famous have all the fun? Your complete, friendly, step-by-step guide, Pilates For Dummies shows how Pilates can offer a fitness program for the rest of us.
Pilates is a particularly safe and effective exercise system which aims to strengthen the body in a balanced way by specifically improving the function of the weaker muscle groups. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the muscles of the trunk so that support of the spine increases plus posture and shape improve. The exercises enhance overall flexibility and fitness, improving co-ordination and balance. Muscles are gently stretched and lengthened as the exercises progress and overall body strength improves. describes the underlying principles of the exercises in physical terms describes the treatment of common medical conditions provides a manual for those in the remedial health care professions
Pilates for Pregnancy
Author: Lynne Robinson
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Exercise is critical to a healthy pregnancy and delivery—but it can be hard to find an exercise regime that it tailored to your changing body and safe for you and baby. Pilates for Pregnancy will keep you fit, toned, and flexible and improve posture and joint strength—which is incredibly important as your baby grows. Offering exercises based on every stage of pregnancy, this special regimen will train and strengthen your muscles, helping to avoid the aches, pains, and complications that typically come with pregnancy and childbirth. Based on the latest medical guidelines, you can be assured that this is the safest, most effective, and most enjoyable exercise method for attaining a healthy and happy pregnancy.
Celebrity trainer and Pilates guru Brooke Siler teams up with the editors of Women's Health to offer a comprehensive, authoritative manual on this proven fitness philosophy. Trained by Joseph Pilates' protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, Brooke is an unparalleled expert and one of the most sought after teachers for her signature body re-shaping techniques. Combining the best of flexibility and strength training, Pilates is the path to the lean fit body every woman craves—and The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates guides readers in every step (and leg lift … ) of the way. Using the body as the ultimate fitness vehicle, Pilates transforms bodies in record time. From moves targeting trouble zones to cardio circuits that blast fat all over, this go-to manual covers everything including: Tricks to incorporate Pilates at work, in travel, and daily routine What props best boost your workout and what to skip Pilates principles to help combat lower back pain, stress, low energy, and more! From basic mat moves to the right foods that fuel a lean, toned figure, The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates is the go-to guide for beginners and experts alike.