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Pilates For Dummies

Published 05-20-2002

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>A user-friendly guide&nbsp;that teaches you&nbsp;the origins and philosophy of the Pilates method&nbsp;and helps you&nbsp;set realistic fitness goals and custom&nbsp;tailor a program&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Once the secret fitness weapon of professional dancers, athletes, and movie stars, Pilates is sweeping the country&nbsp;and becoming more popular than ever.&nbsp;If&nbsp;half of what its many fans claim is true, then it&rsquo;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&rsquo;ve done it, even for a short time, say they feel stronger and more energized, centered,&nbsp;and physically confident than ever before. They also like having the flat tummies, tight buns, and long lean thighs of a dancer.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Pilates For Dummies&#8239;is your gentle introduction to&nbsp;the Pilates&nbsp;method&nbsp;without the high cost of private instruction. Packed with&nbsp;easy-to-follow&nbsp;exercises&nbsp;an&nbsp;plenty of&nbsp;photos, it helps you develop your own Pilates fitness program to do at home or in the gym&nbsp;and&nbsp;how to use eight basic&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;principles to get the most out of your mat-based routines.&nbsp;With this practical guide by your side, you can:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Look and feel better than ever&nbsp;</li> <li>Get stronger, more flexible, in control,&nbsp;and less prone to injury&nbsp;</li> <li>Target and tone problem areas&nbsp;</li> <li>Tone and strengthen your&nbsp;abs, buns, thighs,&nbsp;and&nbsp;arms&nbsp;</li> <li>Repair chronic stress and sports injuries&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re just starting out with Pilates or know&nbsp;a&nbsp;few exercises and want to learn more, the book&nbsp;covers:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Basic, intermediate, and advanced mat exercises&nbsp;</li> <li>How to use&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;exercise equipment and accessories&nbsp;</li> <li>How to target&nbsp;specific areas&nbsp;of your body&nbsp;including the stomach, back, thighs, and chest&nbsp;</li> <li>Pilates for the pregnant and recently pregnant body&nbsp;</li> <li>How&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;can help&nbsp;heal injuries&nbsp;and&nbsp;reform&nbsp;your&nbsp;posture&nbsp;</li> <li>The fun of combining&nbsp;Pilates with other forms of exercise, including yoga,&nbsp;swimming, aerobics, and more&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <p>Additionally, you&rsquo;ll learn&nbsp;simple ways to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life, changes you can expect to see from practicing Pilates, and questions to ask if you decide to join a Pilates studio or hire a Pilates instructor.&nbsp;Get your copy of&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&#8239;to&nbsp;start&nbsp;designing a&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;fitness program&nbsp;just&nbsp;for&nbsp;you.&nbsp;</p> </div>

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