Pilates on the Ball: The World's Most Popular Workout Using the Exercise Ball
A unique and exciting synthesis of two highly acclaimed fitness techniques: Pilates Method and the Swiss exercise ball.
• Non-impact Pilates exercises on the ball can be adapted for all levels of ability, from fitness trainers and weekend athletes to those healing from injury or chronic back pain.
• Shows how to practice Pilates techniques without expensive equipment.
• Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs for maximal learning.
The Pilates Method of body conditioning is a highly effective workout technique that strengthens the body while engaging the mind. Developed in the early twentieth century by accomplished boxer and gymnast Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Method aligns the body; builds long, lean muscles; and develops core abdominal strength. Many lifestyle and fitness magazines have named Pilates the hottest workout of the decade.
In a first-of-its-kind fusion, Pilates on the Ball merges the principles and exercises of the highly effective Pilates Method of body conditioning with the unique functions of the exercise ball, used by Olympic coaches, dancers, and athletes to fine-tune body awareness and enhance physical performance. The ball magnifies the benefits of the carefully developed and refined Pilates Method. Because maintaining balance on the ball recruits the deep, stabilizing muscles of the spine, the postural muscles are strengthened. The ball intensifies athletic performance by increasing resistance and heightening awareness of how the body moves in space. Chapters detail the Pilates principles step by step, with successive movements to challenge all levels of ability and "watch points" for careful evaluation of your form. Intense enough to engage seasoned athletes yet accessible enough to use as an everyday exercise routine or to alleviate chronic pain, Pilates on the Ball builds strong bodies and engaged minds.
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Movement and You
Who Can Benefit?
A Formidable Partnership
What Is PilatesPhysiotherapy or Body Conditioning?
The Basic Principles of Pilates
Why Pilatesbased Ballwork?
Benefits for Men and Women
Precision and Pace
Restoration and Rebuilding
Muscles Do Remember
The Role of Abdominals in Back Care
The Unique Power of the Ball
Other Uses for the Ball
Before You Start
The Right Ball for You
Breathing and Breathers
Breathing Patterns as Therapy
The Breathing Exercises
BreathersCocoons of Readiness
The Postural Exercises
The Postural Muscles
The Postural Exercises
The Abdominal Exercises
Life and Lower Back Pain
The Powerhouse and Lower Back Pain
Be Balanced Be Sane
Extension versus Flexion
Pilates on the Ball Arm and Footwork
Physical Fragility Is a Liability
Shoulder and Neck Problems
The Ball as Therapeutic Partner
The Rebuilding Exercises
The Simplest of Pleasures Stretching
The Benefits of Stretching
The Ins and Outs of Safe Stretches
The Stretching Exercises
Stress Management and Cardiovascular Exercises
The Cardiovascular Exercises
Destressing on the Ball
Pilates on the Ball for Life
Honor Your Own Pace
Accept Yourself as You Are Today
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