Pilates Body in Motion (Anglais) Broché – 20 février 2002
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Pilates: Body in Motion is a pioneering, step-by-step book for mat-based Pilates. A global best-seller famed for its clear instruction and innovative design, Pilates: Body in Motion clearly explains every exercise sequence with at-a-glance overviews, detailed step-by-step photographs, and a checklist of dos and don'ts.
Author Alycea Ungaro pioneered mat-based Pilates and lends her expert advice to help you avoid injury and maximize Pilates' fitness and health benefits. Four program sequences allow you to move from beginner to intermediate to advanced and cover fifty mat-based exercises, from The Hundred to The Wall Sequence, the Open Leg Rocker and Corkscrew to the Swan Dive, Shoulder Bridge, Magic Circle Sequence, and many more.
Streamline your body and focus your mind with 50 classic mat Pilates exercises to do at home with Pilates: Body in Motion.
Biographie de l'auteur
Alycea Ungaro is a pioneer of the Pilates method, and the author of bestselling titles including Pilates: Body in Motion, 1st edition, The Pilates Promise, and The Pilates Practice Companion. In addition to serving on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine, Ungaro also travels widely as a guest teacher hosting retreats at world-famous location such as Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has trained celebrities including Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgewick, Claire Danes, and Molly Sims.
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Having gone through it, page by page, I believe this may be a good text for me, starting truly from square one in Pilates. There's explanatory information in the beginning, explaining the origins of the regimen, common terminology, posture, etc.
Then the mat program is then broken down into levels: introduction, beginner's, intermediate, & advanced level. The exercises are given step by step with notes, as well as a series of photos showing the entire progression of the exercise. There are cautionary notes, variations, & adaptations as well. Photos also show examples of doing the exercise incorrectly.
Each chapter builds on the previous one. Photos at the beginning of the chapters show you what that level's exercise routine entails, with what page number you will find that exercise. There's also an index and a small section of resources.
I like that you are not required to purchase a large number of expensive accessories. I think this will be a very good text for familiarizing myself with it, until I work out getting into a class or lessons with an instructor.
I have 2 books on yoga, for the same reason (I work part-time, so don't attend a studio yet). I think they are complementary. I would definitely suggest this as a good resource on Pilates.
For me, a total beginner at Pilates who is taking 1 beginner mat group class a week at a local Pilates studio, I needed something to guide me at home so that I could do Pilates workouts several times a week.
I think that Pilates: Body in Motion is better for learning the exercises because the photos are better and they show the whole sequence. But I have also found that if I read both books' descriptions of a particular exercise that I get the benefit of 2 of the most highly respected Pilates trainers in the world. So it's a win/win to have both books. Also, instead of doing the same Modified Beginner or Beginner sequence each time from one of the books, I can alternate days by doing the Modified Beginner/Beginner in the other book. That gives me some variety.. although they are, of course, similar.
The long and the short of it is.... I highly recommend both books and am very glad that I purchased both.
The other thing that I use regularly is the DVD Pilates Workout for Dummies with Michelle Dozois. I bought several beginner Pilates DVDs and that is my favorite. My 2nd favorite is Hilary Burnett's Pilates Basics which is short, but very very good for beginners. She also has an Intermediate level DVD which I am not ready for... yet.
The photos are clear and understandable and I also appreciated the breathing instructions, the Cautions (for example, "If you experience back pain while holding your legs up...") and the Visualizations ("Imagine molding your body into the shape of a tremendous horseshoe"). Each exercise includes a photo of what you may be doing incorrectly, and a "Head-to-toe checklist". The emphasis is on doing each exercise as perfectly to form as possible and becoming strong and controlled; not on doing more, faster, or how skinny you're supposed to get.
All the exercises are for the mat or the wall, so no equipment or gadgets are needed, either. Great book!!