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Pilates workbook : illustrated step-by-step guide to matwork techniques
King, Michael, 1959-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Ulysses Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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GV481 .K48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Pilates Workbook offers a straightforward way to learn Joseph Pilates's authentic techniques. Unlike other books based on Pilates's teachings, this book illustrates the core matwork movements exactly as he intended them to be performed. Divided into two sections, Pilates Workbook begins with 15 two-page spreads that answer readers' questions about Pilates and the core principles of the program. The bulk of the book is then dedicated to the exercises. Readers learn each movement by simply following the photographic sequences and explanatory captions. Published with a convenient lay-flat binding, there are over 200 photos to precisely demonstrate proper techniques and abbreviated movements to help beginners get started.

Author Notes

Michael King first used Pilates as a student at the London School of Contemporary Dance. In 1982 he opened his own Pilates studio and
has also run the Pilates studio at the Houston Ballet Company. He lives
in London.

Table of Contents

What is Pilates?p. 8
Why Pilates?p. 10
Why pure Pilates?p. 14
Man and mentorp. 16
Setting your goalsp. 20
Step-by-step planp. 22
Preventing painp. 26
Vital Elements
Concentrationp. 32
Breathingp. 34
Centeringp. 36
Controlp. 38
Precisionp. 40
Movementp. 42
Isolationp. 44
Routinep. 46
The Movements
Swingingp. 50
Round back, Chest stretchp. 51
One arm circlesp. 52
Double arm circles, Toy soldierp. 53
The Essentials
Push-upp. 54
Swimmingp. 56
Leg pull pronep. 58
Roll-upp. 60
Rolling backp. 62
One leg circlep. 63
The hundredp. 64
The sealp. 66
One leg stretchp. 67
The sawp. 68
Shoulder bridge preparationp. 69
Side kickp. 70
Spine stretchp. 71
Spine twistp. 72
Neutral spinep. 73
New Challenges
The crabp. 74
Double leg stretchp. 75
Rocker with open legsp. 76
Shoulder bridgep. 77
Side bendp. 78
Side-kick kneelingp. 80
The teaserp. 81
The jack knifep. 82
Hip twistp. 83
Scissorsp. 84
The rockerp. 85
High Intensity
The boomerangp. 86
Neck pullp. 87
Control balancep. 88
Leg pull supinep. 89
The corkscrewp. 90
Rolloverp. 91
Tips to rememberp. 92
Glossaryp. 94
Indexp. 95
Acknowledgementsp. 96