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The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance

The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance Lowest new price: $6.92
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Author: Daniel Lyon

A comprehensive, take-anywhere exercise program designed to improve men's strength, flexibility, balance, and posture

Have years of office work wreaked havoc on your posture? Could your tennis or golf game use a boost? Do you appear or feel older than your age? Or do you carry yourself in a manner that expresses strength, power, and peak performance to everyone around you?

In recent years, Pilates has become a popular exercise program, especially among women. Many books on the subject show lithe female bodies stretched across their covers. Top Pilates instructor Daniel Lyon Jr. aims to break the preconception that Pilates only benefits and appeals to women. "This couldn't be further from the truth," he asserts. "Joseph Pilates was a cigar-smoking boxer, acrobat, and gymnast, and he developed his exercise program from that background for men first." Likewise, Lyon designed this book specifically with men in mind, as the number of male Pilates practitioners -- among them professional athletes, actors, businessmen, and other high-profile personalities -- has rocketed to about three million and continues to grow.

For athletes, working stiffs, and men recovering from injuries, Lyon offers the first comprehensive exercise program of its kind. He walks you through forty "traditional mat" exercises and more than sixty "reformer on the mat" exercises -- each one brilliantly illustrated -- in an inspiring self-guided program that adapts to all experience levels and requires nothing more than floor space, an exercise mat, and the desire to look and feel your best. Using the Pilates method of engaging the strongest parts of the body, or the "powerhouse" (Joseph Pilates's term for the abdominals, hips, lower back muscles, and buttocks), and integrating all other body parts from this core, Lyon's program targets trouble spots for men and helps them achieve strong, lean, masculine physiques.

The Complete Book of Pilates for Men will deliver quick and long-term results to any man who seeks optimal fitness and a competitive edge in all aspects of his life.

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  • he Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance

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Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance

Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance Lowest new price: $9.97
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Author: Liz Koch

Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance offers a guide to Core Awareness, a body-oriented approach that explores the practice of bringing focus and attention to inner sensation as the means of cultivating an innate capacity for expressive movement. Developed by somatic educator and author Liz Koch, the book's Core Awareness movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations are designed to enhance sensory development and shift readers from the standard paradigm of the body as an "isolated object" to a holistic paradigm of the human being as part of a living process of dynamic expression. This shift in perspective offers practitioners and teachers of movement, yoga, pilates, bodywork, exercise, and dance an empowering model for self-healing and the key to increasing strength, gaining flexibility, preventing injury, and improving resiliency.

Describing the practice of moving from one's core, Koch highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle—located on either side of the spine—to integrate the body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Koch also discusses the pelvis as the foundation of our physical core and the vital connection with our bones to gain a sense of support, nourishment, joint integrity, skeletal balance, and healthy muscle tone. Rewritten with updated information, this revised edition includes 247 new photos and 25 new Core Awareness explorations—with 64 in total. A suggested reading list at the end of the book provides resources for continuing the development of the ideas presented within the book.

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Pilates: Body in Motion

Pilates: Body in Motion Lowest new price: $2.92
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Author: Alycea Ungaro

The most authoritative, step-by-step guide to Pilates available on the market. Popular for decades with dancers, athletes, and celebrities, the Pilates Method is the perfect equipment-free workout for a stronger, leaner, fitter body. With great emphasis on precision and awareness, not only is Pilates great for the body, but for the mind as well. Using step-by-step mat-work exercises and a wide range of programs, from beginner to advanced, Pilate's Mind and Body is the only practical guide that shows you all of the proper steps to follow and how to avoid common mistakes in your conditioning.

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

Pro-Roller Pilates Essentials 2nd Edition (8210-2) Lowest new price: $9.07
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Author: Angela Kneale
Brand: OPTP

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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The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga

The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga Lowest new price: $10.47
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Author: Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

Awareness of movement potential,” says author Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, “is key to a healthy body and injury prevention.” The Anatomy of Exercise & Movement shows readers how to gain that awareness by understanding the biomechanics of movement. In ten chapters, color-coded for easy reference, the author covers all of the major muscle and joint areas, including the spine; core region; shoulder; elbow; wrist and hand; and hip, knee, and ankle/foot joints. Most importantly, each chapter contains strengthening and stretching exercises for all of the above areas.

Developed as a handbook, The Anatomy of Exercise & Movement is an accessible resource for anyone who would like to know more about his or her body, how it moves, and what can be done to improve that movement. The more than 275 high-quality, four-color anatomical drawings and the broad scope of muscle and joint groups make this one of the most important guides to the moving body on the market. A helpful “Myths” page at the end of each chapter debunks many of the misunderstandings and rumors about fitness that have circulated over the years.

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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: $10.91
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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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Ellie Herman's Pilates Props Workbook: Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide

Ellie Herman's Pilates Props Workbook: Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide Lowest new price: $7.05
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Author: Ellie Herman

AMPLIFY YOUR PILATES WORKOUT USING PROPS
Pilates gets even better when paired with these simple accessories. Pilates expert Ellie Herman shows how to intensify and enhance your matwork routine:

•The elastic exercise band increases resistance
•The ethafoam roller creates stability challenges
•The Magic Circle gives a great inner thigh workout


Each movement is explained with clear captions and easy-to-follow photo sequences. Special programs for strains, injuries and chronic problems are also featured. In addition to strengthening and toning your body, Pilates with props helps you:

•Build balance
•Release tension
•Alleviate pain
•Rehabilitate injuries

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Teaching pilates for postural faults, illness and injury: a practical guide, 1e

Teaching pilates for postural faults, illness and injury: a practical guide, 1e Lowest new price: $30.11
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Author: Jane Paterson RGN Adult Education Teacher Pilates Teacher and Teacher Trainer trained classical dancer
Brand: OPTP

Pilates is a particularly safe and effective exercise system which aims to strengthen the body in a balanced way by specifically improving the function of the weaker muscle groups. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the muscles of the trunk so that support of the spine increases plus posture and shape improve. The exercises enhance overall flexibility and fitness, improving co-ordination and balance. Muscles are gently stretched and lengthened as the exercises progress and overall body strength improves.

  • describes the underlying principles of the exercises in physical terms
  • describes the treatment of common medical conditions
  • provides a manual for those in the remedial health care professions

Features:

  • Describes the underlying principles of the exercises in physical terms
  • Describes the treatment of common medical conditions
  • Supported by over 300 high quality illustrations
  • Illustrated. Softcover, 266 pages.
  • Return Policy: Note return restrictions. See return policy on books and dvd's .

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Pilates Expanded Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair & Barrels Photo Encyclopedia

Pilates Expanded Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair & Barrels Photo Encyclopedia Lowest new price: $53.61
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Author: Eme Cole

The Pilates Expanded Photo Encyclopedias are designed for Pilates instructors and experienced Pilates enthusiasts who wish to expand their repertoire of Pilates inspired exercises and variations. They are comprised of a multitude of movements for a variety of designated apparatus’ with basic cuing plus instructive photos to appease the visual learner. This photo encyclopedia is 4 manuals in 1 making it the largest collection of exercises available for the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Barrels, including both traditional and progressive movements. The book totals 362 pages, 916 exercises, and 1,783 color photos. For more information, visit www.PilatesExpanded.com

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Pilates for Children and Adolescents: Manual of Guidelines and Curriculum

Pilates for Children and Adolescents: Manual of Guidelines and Curriculum Lowest new price: $49.95
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Author: Celeste Corey-zopich

Pilates for Children and Adolescents is the first comprehensive manual of guidelines and formal curriculum for teaching Pilates to young people. This book includes: -Guidelines for teaching Pilates to young people -Why Pilates is beneficial for children age 6 - 11 and adolescents age 12 - 19 -Crucial anatomical and cognitive development considerations for working with young people -Additional relevant topics designed to equip the Pilates teacher with tools for creating relevant and safe programs for different age ranges, such as: -safety considerations, exercise contraindications, scope of practice, and ethics -considerations for working in a variety of environments within both the public and private sectors -age appropriate exercises from the Pilates repertoire -a formal curriculum for teaching Pilates in schools including sample lesson plans -appendices which cover working with children with special needs, Pilates in the Schools pilot study results, and resources.


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