Highly rated by celebrities, professional dancers, and athletes for its fitness benefits, Pilates is now widely acknowledged by health professionals as an effective technique for repairing specific injuries, especially to the back. Whether a reader's interest is general strength buildup or injury repair, "Teach Yourself Pilates "offers an illustrated, progressive program that produces the desired results. Exercises are presented in beginning and advanced versions so beginners can move beyond the basics. Special sections cover history and theory, Pilates for men, and advice on home exercise.
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