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Pilates
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This book outlines an exercise programme based on Joseph Pilates' original methods. It comprises a series of low-impact, muscle-strengthening movements that should result in toned limbs, better posture and increased back strength. Using exercises that would be followed in the studio with a personal trainer, the movements are structured so as to allow you to work on the areas that you wish to tone. The exercises are tailored so that you can pick the one that suits you - there are low-energy versions that might be suitable for early morning and another version for when you are feeling very strong and want to work harder. The routine has a series of movements aimed at toning your abs, butt and thighs, all clearly marked so that you know which area you are working on with each movement. The tuition is illustrated with step-by-step sequences, allowing the reader to follow a programme at home, or to better understand the routines taught in a more formal class.
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Introduction: author's introduction; what is Pilates?; why Pilates?; setting your goals; preventing pain and injuries. The principles: concentration; breathing; centring and stability; control and flowing movement; precision and isolation; posture and neutral spine. The movements: the programme - warm-ups; standing spine twist; spine swing; balance; push-up; swimming on the knees; plank, prone; side bend; rolling; swan dive; roll-up; leg pull supine, teaser; the hundred; shoulder bridge; one-leg circles; scissors; one-leg stretch; double-leg stretch; seated spine twist; the can-can; hip twist; side kick; side scissors; side lifts; hip rolls, knee circles; the seal, the crab; runner stretch; plain stretch side; up a tree; rocker; ordinary chest stretch; chest stretch ball; extra stretch balance; extra stretch with dynaband, head stretch, quad stretch; stretch against a wall; foot stretch. The movements - progressions: roll up, spine twist, rolling; standing spine twist, push-up, leg pull prone; rolling, teaser, jack knife; side bend, side kick, scissors; side kick, one-leg circle. Programmes and tips.

About the Author

Michael King has been an exercise professional for the past 20 years. He was first introduced to Pilates as a professional dancer. When an injury cut short his dancing career, Michael turned to Pilates, studying with second-generation teacher Alan Herdman and subsequently qualifying as a Pilates teacher. He first taught at London's Pineapple Dance Studios. Following a move to the USA, Michael worked with the Houston Dance Company, and then as an instructor at Voight Fitness in Los Angeles. Upon his return to England, Michael ran the Mind-Body Studio at Holmes Place health club in central London. He has now founded the Pilates Institute in London where, among his many courses, he trains teachers to run classes for Pilates during pregnancy. Michael is the author of Pure Pilates, and Pilates for Pregnancy also published by Mitchell Beazley.

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