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Fix Your Feet- Using the Pilates Method

Fix Your Feet- Using the Pilates Method Lowest new price: $15.61
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Author: Kathryn M Ross-Nash

Put Your Best Foot Forward Bunions, fallen arches, curled up toes and plantar fascitis beware- some simple exercises can combat and conquer these problems! These exercises have been reforming and refreshing tired achy feet for decades. Little devices- such as elastic bands off the head of a bunch of broccoli, a tennis ball or your hand towel that innocently hangs in your bathroom, can be formidable weapons in the war against foot pain. These tools, used correctly, really get the circulation going. Beginning from the bottom up, at the start of a day or as a sweet ending the choice is yours - either way you win. For thousands of years the benefits of reflexology have been enjoyed. This book takes it further -by increasing ankle stability, flexibility, alignment and propulsion. These exercises are often used to help develop speed for an athlete and the arch jump of the dancer. At the end of the day- it just plain feels GREAT. Here is my favorite exercise to become refreshed and revitalized- from the bottom up! This book is for everyone- to prevent pain, to relieve pain or to move you forward with strength and alignment. Get ready to put your Best Foot Forward

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The Pilates Arm Chair (The Pilates Equipment) (Volume 2)

The Pilates Arm Chair (The Pilates Equipment) (Volume 2) Lowest new price: $26.96
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Author: Reiner Grootenhuis

This Pilates Arm Chair manual is recommended by the German Pilates Association. The Pilates Arm Chair is a rather rare piece of Pilates equipment, only to be found in few, especially well equipped Pilates studios. Due to this circumstance, written knowledge about the Arm Chair is also rare to come across. With this training manual, Reiner Grootenhuis is now publishing the first worldwide publicly available reference book for the Pilates Arm Chair. The Pilates Arm Chair is especially suitable to tackle shoulder and neck problems, as many of the exercises cover these areas. It is also well fit for training with people with weaker arm, shoulder or chest muscles as well as elderly persons. Almost all of the Arm Chair exercises can be adapted to the Cadillac or Tower with the help of a box or even easier by using a chair and a Thera-Band ®. This makes the manual flexible to use also on these pieces of equipment. The book is directed at both Pilates trainers and practitioners, who have performed the Pilates method for some time already and would now like to familiarize themselves with the Arm Chair. The manual covers 42 Arm Chair exercises. Each exercise is precisely described on an individual page and visualized in 3 easy-to-follow steps with large, professional photos. Consequently, the manual is fit to both learn the exercises for the first time as well as deepen your knowledge about each one. Due to its format, it is also invaluable as an easy-to-use reference guide for your daily work at the studio.

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Pro-Roller Pilates Essentials 2nd Edition (8210-2)

Pro-Roller Pilates Essentials 2nd Edition (8210-2) Lowest new price: $10.95
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Author: Angela Kneale

Gain additional body awareness, develop better posture, and challenge core strength by utilizing the Pro-Roller with Pilates exercise. The Second Edition of Pro-Roller Pilates Essentials by Angela Kneale, OTR, now includes over 40 exercises that also improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Clear instructions and color photographs, 52 pages.

Features:

  • Softcover
  • Learn Pilates exercises
  • Clear, colorful instructions

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Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round: The POP Pilates Plan to Get Slim, Eat Clean, and Live Happy Through Every Season

Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round: The POP Pilates Plan to Get Slim, Eat Clean, and Live Happy Through Every Season Lowest new price: $5.50
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Author: Cassey Ho
Brand: Harmony

Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women's fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey's personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don't let the smile fool you - her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho's super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you.
 
Hot Body Year Round is your ULTIMATE exercise and nutrition guide to living a fit, happy, and healthy life while sculpting your HOTTEST body.
 
Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:

- 120 of Cassey's BEST total body transforming exercises
- The complete POP Pilates exercise library - fully photographed and easy to follow
- 20 full length workouts
- 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes
- Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails
- 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season
- Cassey's personal daily meal plan
- Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round
- 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration

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  • Harmony

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Your Ultimate Pilates Body® Challenge: At the Gym, on the Mat, and on the Move

Your Ultimate Pilates Body® Challenge: At the Gym, on the Mat, and on the Move Lowest new price: $24.64
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Author: Brooke Siler

In this remarkable new program, Pilates instructor Brooke Siler once again revolutionizes the world of Pilates, reinventing how and where Pilates is performed, to take your fitness to a whole new level. Elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated, Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge takes a fresh approach to Pilates, challenging readers to rethink the way they move and to incorporate Pilates-conscious movements into every aspect of life:

At the Gym: Siler takes you through a fun, rapid-fire circuit of machines that gets and keeps you in your cardio target zone. For the first time ever, you will learn how to use powerful Pilates techniques to maximize your workouts on standard gym equipment (StairMaster, treadmill, stationary bike, etc.).

At Home: Siler steps up the at-home basics by applying Pilates’ principles to work with weights, bands, and non-accoutrement-based exercises.

On the Mat: As so many readers and clients have requested, Siler has created four brand-new mat routines specifically to target abs, lower body, posture, and flexibility, and designed to take experienced practitioners and beginners alike to new levels of body-sculpted accomplishment.

Sports: Siler offers insight into secrets of the world’s best athletes, explaining how to move with Pilates form in individual and team sports. With core strength created in Pilates you can hit better golf shots, ski with less fatigue than ever before, and bring more power to your tennis game.

Everyday Life: Using her trademark “Invisible Workout,” Siler shows you how incorporating Pilates-based awareness and movements into everyday activities—such as restocking the pantry, working at the computer, climbing stairs, or picking up the baby—can tone and strengthen your body.

You will be amazed at how much better you feel when your carriage, breathing, posture, and movements are done Pilates-style. This dynamic book shows how Pilates can actually be the basis for total-body transformation—by simply challenging you to get the absolute most out of everything you already do.

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Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre

Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre Lowest new price: $12.20
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Author: Helen Vanderburg
Brand: Helen Vanderburg

Combine fitness, Pilates, yoga, and barre, and what do you get? An incredible workout that will engage you, challenge you, and change the way you exercise.

Welcome to Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre, the program shaped around your preferences, needs, and goals. You’ll discover an approach combining four disciplines that will help you gain strength, muscle definition, flexibility, balance, and overall mind–body health. Fusion Workouts guides you through a five-step system accounting for your fitness level, goals, time available, activity preferences, and more. Then select from 15 ready-to-follow workouts, or mix it up and create your own.

You’ll find more than 100 exercises and poses along with easy-to-follow guidelines for sequencing them for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, and enjoyment. More Pilates and yoga with less barre? Less yoga and more fitness? No problem. This is your workout!

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  • Fusion Workouts Fitness Yoga Pilates and Barre

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Pilates Basics (Full Color 2nd Edition): Master Pilates Fundamentals as You Strengthen, Align, and Balance from Within

Pilates Basics (Full Color 2nd Edition): Master Pilates Fundamentals as You Strengthen, Align, and Balance from Within Lowest new price: $34.95
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Author: Jillian Hessel

The long-awaited 2nd edition of Master Pilates Instructor, Jillian Hessel's, landmark "how to" instructional book, Pilates Basics, is finally back on the shelf! This book was written for anyone who wants to learn Pilates at home, without using any expensive props, and it is meant for people of any fitness level. Whether you are are overweight and out of shape, a weekend warrior, or a professional athlete, you can definitely benefit and learn from this book. The original gorgeous, full color photos, modeled by Hessel herself, are retained in this new, larger (8 1/2" x 11") format edition. Featuring an updated Introduction, the opening chapters focus on teaching you how to achieve optimal posture and more efficient breathing. Next, come the trademark B.E.A.M. Fundamentals, Hessel's own unique set of Pre-Pilates exercises. (B.E.A.M. stands for: Breathe, Energize, Align and Move) Hessel then guides you through a basic, well balanced and complete Classic Pilates Mat workout, featuring 21 of Joseph Pilates' original Mat exercises. You'll also learn how to modify and adjust each of the classic exercises for your own body. The closing chapter features a bonus section of fast 5-minute auxiliary exercises you can do anytime, anywhere! The layout of Pilates Basics is the key to its' success, and the genius of the interior design completely sets it apart from all other instructional Pilates books. As in Joseph Pilates original how to book, "Return to Life," there is the usual series of sequenced photographs of the exercises. The similarity stops there: Hessel has added two side panels, on either side of the instructional text and photos, for each exercise. The panel on the left hand side features bullet points, reminding you constantly about the foundational B.E.A.M. Fundamentals. The panel on the right hand side shows photos of the most common mistakes that a beginner might make in each exercise, and this feature will definitely help you to avoid those pitfalls! Unlike other workout routines, Pilates isn't exhausting, it's invigorating! Make "Pilates Basics" part of your regular exercise program, and you're guaranteed to be on your way to a whole new, re-energized, streamlined, strong and elegant you!

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Curves, Twists and Bends: A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis

Curves, Twists and Bends: A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis Lowest new price: $12.33
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Author: Annette Wellings
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Written in response to the many requests for a practical and accessible guide to exercise for scoliosis sufferers, Curves, Twists and Bends combines the experience of Annette Wellings, who has major scoliosis, with that of Alan Herdman, the UK's leading Pilates teacher.

This clear and concise book explains what scoliosis is, its symptoms, and its physical and psychological impact. It includes a series of Pilates exercises, designed by the authors specifically to promote flexibility, posture and muscle strength in scoliosis sufferers, and also vital information on what exercises to avoid. It offers basic strategies and practical tips for living with the condition, including useful advice on diet, rest, sitting, carrying and how to dress. Written with the full range of scoliosis sufferers in mind, Pilates for Scoliosis emphasises the importance and feasibility of gentle exercise for keeping the body as healthy and flexible as possible.

Curves, Twists and Bends: A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis will be indispensible to individuals with scoliosis and their families as well as to physical therapists, Pilates instructors and other professionals who advise scoliosis patients on exercise and lifestyle options.

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  • Curves Twists and Bends A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis

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Ellie Herman's Pilates Wunda Chair

Ellie Herman's Pilates Wunda Chair Lowest new price: $49.95
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Author: Ellie Herman

A manual for the Wunda Chair. This guide is meant for Pilates trainers and fitness professionals as well as for Pilates aficionados who want a deeper understanding of their own practice. The book takes you through the classic Wunda Chair repertoire as well as introducing original exercises devloped by Ellie Herman and her instructors over the last 15 years. The photos picture the Combo Chair manufactured by Ballanced Body, but all exercises can also be done on the Wunda Chair.

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Pilates for Fragile Backs: Recovering Strength and Flexibility After Surgery, Injury, or Other Back Problems

Pilates for Fragile Backs: Recovering Strength and Flexibility After Surgery, Injury, or Other Back Problems Lowest new price: $26.00
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Author: Oheneba Boachie-Adjei MD

Safe Techniques to Reduce Pain, Build Strength, and Speed Recovery

Studies suggest that proactive strengthening and flexibility-recovery exercises can speed healing after spine surgery. Whether you're preparing for or recovering from spinal surgery, recuperating from a back injury, or just dealing with a back that has 'issues,' this book offers an effective program to help you manage pain and regain strength and mobility.

These exercises modify traditional Pilates routines to accommodate partially immobilized spines, making this routine safe and effective therapy for your fragile back. The exercises are designed to not compromise a spinal fusion. Instead, they will do what Pilates exercises do best-stretch, strengthen, and tone the trunk with precise positioning and movement, while avoiding potentially dangerous repetition and overexertion.

Pilates for Fragile Backs is an excellent program for people who have had spinal fusion. The simple but effective Pilates-based exercises will help tremendously in reducing pain and restoring mobility.
-Vijay Vad, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and author of Back Rx and Arthritis Rx

…Adhering to a program of Pilates, as described in Pilates for Fragile Backs, under the guidance of a certified instructor can be a most useful means to improve back function and relieve pain. Clearly, this is a valuable therapeutic modality that is underutilized in today's current pain management programs associated with spinal disorders.
-Charles Birbara, MD, chief of rheumatology at Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, MA

In my practice, I constantly emphasize the importance of proper spinal alignment, good posture and a strong mid-section. Pilates for Fragile Backs highlights these points in an easy-to-follow exercise program for patients suffering with chronic back pain. I have recommended this program to many of my patients, and they are thrilled with the results.
-Anthony S. Rainka, DC, South County Chiropractic, Sutton, MA

As a physical therapist, I have been able to utilize the exercises in Pilates for Fragile Backs with my clients. They have shown a reduction in pain, an improvement in posture and balance, increased strength, and healthier muscle tone. Best of all, the program does wonders for their self-esteem.
-Pam Craig-Stewart, PT, director of rehabilitation at Christopher House in Worcester, MA

This book is a much needed labor of love that offers clear and helpful advice for anyone who has ever lived with chronic back pain. The spine problems addressed in this book are very challenging ones for doctors and therapists alike, and the authors use their first hand experience with spinal trauma to break new ground for exercise therapy. A specifically modified Pilates program indeed offers the possibility of comfort and relief for a largely under-served group in our society.
-Ellen Kiley, RYT, therapeutic yoga practitioner specializing in scoliosis and spinal fusion

I underwent an anterior/posterior fusion (L4-S1) over a year ago due to degenerative disk disease with annular tears. Since then, Pilates has done wonders for me. I started pursuing basic lumbar stabilization mat work a couple of months following surgery. I had urged my neurosurgeon to allow me to begin sooner than usual because I'd had a big increase in pain. My physical therapist felt it had to do with the stiffness that begins to set in as the weeks go by without stretching and exercising. I had every confidence that Pilates would improve my situation and I swear by it! I've been back to work full-time. I am also walking about four miles, three days a week! I'm sure Pilates for Fragile Backs will be a major help to many others.
-Diana Stahl, Cincinnati, OH

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