Pilates: Body In Motion
DK ADULT; 1st edition (2002), 176 pages
Pilates: Body in Motion is an authoritative step-by-step guide on the Pilates method. It teaches you how to “streamline your body, focus your mind with classic mat exercises to do at home.” The book begins with a quick overview of Pilates terminology as well as a brief explanation of the fundamental principles of Pilates which is important in order to complete the exercises properly and effectively.
Each of the exercises is fully explained in a step-by-step guide along with beautiful photography that depicts the correct form to use. The page contains the number of repetitions needed, any cautions against the exercise for people with physical injuries, and visualizations on how to picture each movement. Also included for each exercise is a “Head-to-Toe Checklist” which clearly lists what to remember and what-not-to-do for a safe and effective workout.
The mat exercises are leveled for beginners, intermediate, and advanced exercisers so you can progress with this book. Ungaro actually gives explanations as to why some movements are labeled as beginner as opposed to others - Not many other books or videos will actually explain this. One of the great things about this book is that it includes preparation Pilates exercises that prepares you for each level and for progressing to the next. These prep exercises act as a kind of fitness test that will let you know when you are ready to move on to the next level. The book is logically organized into chapters, with a chapter for each fitness level.
The layout of the book is organized exceptionally well. The format is logical and easy-to-read, that helps you to easily memorize how to complete each of the moves and progress through the different levels without missing a step. Each exercise has complete photo sequences as well as detailed instructions on how to complete the move along with instructions on proper breathing technique, posture, and motion. The exercises flow together nicely as the book includes transitional movements between exercises to keep up the rhythm of the workout.
This book is great for those who want to learn about straight Pilates without the infusion of any yoga or dance-inspired movements. Alycea Ungaro is professional physical therapist, certified Pilates instructor, and the founder of Tribeca Bodyworks - A Pilates Center of New York. She has been practicing Pilates since she was 14 years old, and has produced an exceptional Pilates guidebook.