The Pilates Body

The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body - Without Machines

Brook Siler
Broadway; 1st edition (2000), 208 pages
Approximately $12

The Pilates Body is indeed the ultimate at-home Pilates guide. Instead of having to pay hundreds of dollars on expensive Pilates classes and exercise equipment, Brook Siler's The Pilates Body provides all the information you need to perform a successful Pilates mat routine in your very own home.

The exercises shown in the Pilates book do target all the areas of the body, but it does place a stronger focus on the muscles of the “powerhouse”, which are mainly the abdominals or muscles that support the back. This is ideal for those who suffer from back problems or just want to strengthen their back in general.

Brooke Siler organizes the book exceptionally well so that it is logical and easy to follow. She starts out by discussing proper form and alignment of the exercises as well as explaining modifications for those who have back, knee, or neck pain. Afterwards, she jumps into the descriptions of at least 60 different exercises that are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Photographs, illustrations and detailed descriptions of each exercise are presented on a double page spread. Siler even includes a disclaimer about the models in the photographs, saying that, “The models in this book have been training in the Pilates method for years. Although their bodies may seem to represent an unrealistic ideal for many, they have worked hard to achieve their fitness goals. I hope in earnest that they do not intimidate but inspire.”

Each exercise also includes helpful tips that Siler calls “The Inside Scoop.” These are exercise specific tips that she has learned throughout her experience of training hundreds of clients. Her tips include the goal of each exercise, modifications for simpler versions, important tidbits to remember to complete each movement effectively, and what-not-to-dos to help prevent injuries.

The Pilates Body is the perfect book for those who desire a simple Pilates program that is easy to do, requires a short amount of time, can be completed at home or on the road, and promises great results.

Brooke Siler was trained by Joseph Pilates' protégé Romana Kryzanowska. The results of this exercise was best explained by Joseph H. Pilates himself: “ In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body.”

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