Pilates For Dummies

Pilates For Dummies

Pilates For Dummies

Once the secret fitness weapon of professional dancers, athletes, and movie stars, Pilates is sweeping the country with a vengeance. And if even half of what its many fans claim is true, then it’s easy to see why. Combining elements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and boxing, along with many original movements, Pilates exercises build muscle tone, improve flexibility and balance, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, and repair past injuries. Most people who’ve done it, even for a short t

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  1. 31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pilates Made Easy, August 4, 2002
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Pilates For Dummies (Paperback)

    I bought this book expecting it to be like most self help books, worthless. I was wrong! This book did an excellent job of explaining the workouts. I liked that she gave hints to make certain excerizes easier on beginers. I was also suprised to see results so fast! I got the book to help me tone my abs and after a week I could see my tummy coming in and feel myself standing up straight as my posture also improved! I am going on 3 weeks of doing the 10 min abs work out that is at the end of chapter 6 and it is doing wonders! I love pilates and I love this book! I recommend it to anyone who wants to look good, but not bulky like all the muscle-heads at the gym!

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  2. 18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great if you already have some body knowledge, October 16, 2005
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    Spiralina (San Francisco, CA USA) –

    This review is from: Pilates For Dummies (Paperback)

    This book was one of my mom’s rejects for the reason that she couldn’t make head nor tail of the instructions. I like it quite a bit, but I have a background in modern dance and was already familiar with isolating different muscle groups. I think if you don’t have a good sense of your body already, this book might be too confusing to start with.

    So far there’s a lot of good material for me to work with, although much of the book is dedicated to repetitive touting of the benefits of pilates (yes, we already know it tones) as well as super-advanced exercises using complicated equipment, which aren’t really “for dummies.” Still, the workouts are fun, challenging, and feel good on my body. I would recommend glancing at the instructions before buying and seeing if they make sense to you. If they do, you’ll probably like this book — otherwise, maybe try a video or simpler book.

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  3. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pilates – a superb reference, July 28, 2006
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    This review is from: Pilates For Dummies (Paperback)

    I borrowed a copy of the book from my local library and liked it so much I bought it for myself and for my daughter-in-law.

    I attended a Pilates class and told my instructor that I had the book – she remarked that it is one of the best and recommended it to the whole class here at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    The book gives excellent explanations. While the class gave me a sense of how a flowing routine will work, I can do it at home with the aid of the book.

    I recommend it highly. Thanks, A Pilates Dummy Fan

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