Pilates On The Ball
Pilates On the Ball: The World's Most Popular Workout Using the Exercise Ball
Healing Arts Press (2001), 192 pages
Like the title says, this book takes you through a workout that applies Pilates principles to the fitness ball. Mat and equipment-based Pilates moves are adapted for this inflatable sphere, which makes things more challenging than you might expect. This is because the exercise ball provides an unstable environment on which you complete each exercise, which adds a great amount of resistance. Pilates On the Ball provides a unique, low-impact method of becoming fit.
The book itself is quite beautiful and you can see that a lot of time and consideration was taken in the layout and design of the book. Each of the exercises is described in simple text and fully illustrated using a sequence of images. The content is laid out in such a fashion that it looks very pleasing to the eye. The small drawings illustrating the “anatomy of movement” are very detailed and instructive, and there are also large margins on the pages so that you can make comments and notes as you follow along.
Colleen Craig's descriptions of the different Pilates movements are so well written that you can tell that she is an expert in the field. She starts off by explaining the basic principles behind Pilates and how you can apply these principles to the fitness ball. Each exercise is clearly explained with lots of detail and includes tips on how to perform the exercise effectively and safely.
At the end of the book are three different pre-structured workouts that have you complete the exercises in various combinations, or you can create your own personalized workout by combining the exercises in whatever order that you like. The book also includes handy page references that refer you back to the page that shows you how to do the exercise if you happen to forget.
The challenges delivered in this book are suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels. It offers something for everyone and is especially beneficial for beginners because they can grow with the book.
Exercise balls are all over the market right now, so it is great to find a book like this one that shows you how to use this piece of Pilates equipment effectively and safely. Clear instructions, visualizations, and photos take you through the moves, most of which focus on core strength and balance. Colleen Craig is a Stott Pilates certified instructor who emphasizes patterned breathing techniques throughout the workout.