The Everything Pilates Book

The Everything Pilates Book: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Body Stronger, Leaner and Healthier

Amy Taylor Alpers, Rachel Taylor Segel, and Lorna Gentry
Adams Media Corporation (2002), 304 pages
Approximately $11

Written by the founders of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado - a renowned studio and training institution which is also known as “the Harvard of Pilates” - the photo-illustrated guide walks you through everything you need to know from how to do the exercises at home to what to look for in a professional Pilates studio.

This book is packed full of solid, interesting information about the basic principles and fundamentals of Pilates, and it offers a brief history of Joseph H. Pilates. The book touches open different kinds of matwork as well as exercise routines that involve the use of equipment such as the Pilates Reformer. It involves Pilates exercises for everyone of every fitness levels - there are techniques for alleviating chronic back pain, reducing joint tension, improving posture, losing weight, fighting osteoporosis, and toning the abs or “powerhouse.” The book contains exercises for seniors, children, pregnant women, and professional athletes.

This easy to read guide walks you through step-by-step instructions on how to do some of the most classic Pilates exercises such as the Swan, the Spine Stretch, and the Roll-Up. With over 100 illustrative photographs, The Everything Pilates Book makes it easy for anyone to get started with their own Pilates workout program. It is an easy read and makes an excellent addition to anyone's exercise routine.

It's hard to learn all the basic principles of Pilates from a book, especially if you are a complete beginner. This is why the book stresses the importance of obtaining professional in-person instruction from a Pilates trainer to help you learn the proper form. Once you've got the basics down, the book can help you with your at-home exercise program. This book is actually more useful as a learning tool for the history, philosophy, ethics, and concepts of Pilates, rather than for actually trying to teach you the exact exercises. However, if you have ever just once been interested in the art of Pilates, then this book would be a step in the right direction. If fully explains exactly what Pilates is, so that you can decide if it is right for you.

Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel are sisters who together founded The Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, in 1990. Amy and Rachel learned their Pilates skills from certified Pilates instructor Romana Kryzanowska, who was trained by the great Joseph H. Pilates himself. Lorna Gentry is a professional writer and editor who has written books on a variety of technical, health, social, academic, and home management topics.

The Everything Pilates Book is a must-have essential for anyone who wants to understand the method behind the movement and is recommended by professional Pilates instructors and trainers. Learn the secrets to this revolutionary, intelligent form of exercise that has the ability to transform bodies and minds!

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