Le Pilates n'est pas une simple méthode mais constitue un véritable système de conditionnement physique et mental destiné à renforcer son corps, accroître sa souplesse, améliorer sa coordination, réduire son stress, augmenter sa capacité de concentration et procurer un sentiment durable de bien-être. Cet ouvrage, grâce à son approche unique du Pilates, vous propose d'analyser les mouvements de l'intérieur, vous permettant ainsi de mieux appréhender une discipline reposant essentiellement sur la justesse de la posture. En comprenant les mécanismes qui entrent en action à chaque geste, vous saurez comment vous placer pour exécuter avec précision et efficacité. Et vous découvrirez de quelle manière la respiration, l'alignement, la posture et le mouvement sont fondamentalement liés. Les 46 exercices et les 200 dessins anatomiques légendés vous permettront de visualiser les muscles sollicités à chaque action et de comprendre comment des variations et des adaptations mineures peuvent influencer l'efficacité du mouvement. En ayant une meilleure connaissance de votre anatomie, il vous sera possible d'augmenter l'efficacité des exercices : en apprenant comment chaque mouvement utilise et affecte des groupes musculaires spécifiques, vous améliorerez votre pratique, réduirez les risques de blessure et optimiserez votre respiration. Partant du travail au sol tel que décrit par Joseph Pilates lui-même, les auteurs mettent en évidence les bienfaits de chaque exercice et les combinaisons les plus optimales. Grâce à leurs explications détaillées, vous pourrez vous constituer un programme personnalisé en fonction de vos besoins spécifiques et de votre forme physique. Vous trouverez également des conseils concernant la respiration, la concentration et la conscience de soi pour profiter au mieux des bienfaits du Pilates autant sur le corps que sur l'esprit.
The Pilates Body
Provides a program of Pilates exercises with illustrated step-by-step instructions for a complete circuit of mat exercises
This is Pilates as you've never seen it before. With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, "Pilates" "Anatomy" takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility. Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, you'll see how key muscles are used, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked. Choosing from over 45 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. You'll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body. Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, "Pilates" "Anatomy" is a one-of-a-kind resource that you'll refer to again and again.
NYC Ballet Workout
New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms, perfect posture, flexbility you never thought possible--and grace and poice of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this the most beautiful and easy-to-use exercise book ever created.This elegant book is unlike any exercise book ever published. Graced with more than 300 instructional exercise photographs and extraordinary duotone portraits of New York City Ballet dancers, The New York City Ballet Workout explores the company's philosophy of balancing art, life, and fitness. By combining elements of New York City Ballet's balletic regimen with practical strength-building exercises, The New York City Ballet Workout can help people achieve a strong, graceful, and flexible body--one that displays the impeccable poise that is the trademark of New York City Ballet dancers. Many exercises of The New York City Ballet Workout were once confined to the world's elite rehearsal studios. Now, as refined by Peter Martins and his company, these exercises have been designed as a comprehensive, holistic approach to the body that can be used by anyone from the out-of-shape to the serious athlete, to attain a lean, hard, beautiful body. From flexibility to endurance, this is a complete exercise program for men and women.
Return to Life Through Contrology
2014 Reprint of 1945 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Return to Life Through Contrology" is essential Pilates reading. In this one small book, Joseph Pilates conveys the breadth and power of the Pilates method. Covering philosophy and technique, Pilates outlines the effective and enduring approach to whole body health that is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world. "Contrology" related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
"In this book, you will learn Joseph Pilates' fundamental tenets of posture, body mechanics, and correct breathing. You will discover his first teachings about spinal flexibility, physical education, and his law of natural exercises."--Back cover.
Pilates Evolution The 21st Century
Much has changed in the 21st century since 1934 when Joseph Pilates wrote his first book, Your Health, about fitness and health. In 1945, he followed up that first expression of fitness theories and principles with his detailed and definitive book of exercises, Return to Life through Contrology. Both of these original books were copyrighted and republished by Presentation Dynamics in 2000 in the book Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition. Presentation Dynamics has now added 96 new pages of content to this book with the release of Pilates Evolution for the 21st Century. It details the very latest in 21st-century modifications, methodology, and enhancements to Joseph Pilates' exercises. The new text opens with an introduction to 21st-century evolutionary developments, discussing how Pilates' original students became the next generation of teachers. It also describes how these students have, in fact, gone on to develop a wide range of variations in their teachings, bringing new science and techniques to new variations in body positioning, balancing, centering, and aligning. In some cases, the teachers use exercise props, and in other cases, this new generation of teachers brings Pilates' methodologies from the ground and mat into standing positions. Other variations in instruction blend Pilates' principles with dance, yoga, and various sports to make Pilates instruction applicable to a growing number of students and disciplines. This new book organizes the new Pilates developments into 10 primary chapters, each focusing on a different 21st-century specialty. Each of these new chapters focuses on a different major area of Pilates evolution, such as standing or circular work, sports-specific Pilates, or Pilates exercise variation with individual props. Each chapter introduces the technique, concept, prop, or emphasis, while the chapter ends with a list of resources from companies specializing in training, certification, videos, or books. The remaining pages present new exercises in the same manner that Pilates introduced his exercises a century ago; that is, a photographic sequence tracing the exercise combined with step-by-step instructions for the student. (There are two or more demonstrative exercises in each of the first nine chapters.) Two facing pages include a series of photographs on the right side with step-by-step instructions on the left side. Visual sequencing allows you to use or teach a novel exercise that is both effective and fun. The instructions include explanations of the various aspects of the exercise, along with modifications for less- or more-advanced bodies. Joseph Pilates based his work on the concept of a balanced body and mind and on the approach espoused by the early Greeks. New practitioners of Pilates' forms and exercises in the 21st century continue to expand upon this earlier work by presenting a variety of creative new approaches involving circular movements, standing postures, and core strengthening exercises using props such as tubes, weights, poles, bands, magic circles, mini-balls, stability balls, foam rollers, and more. Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. You will learn in this book his original observations and conclusions about people's approach to physical fitness. He describes the results of decades of scientific study, experimentation, and research into the variety of troubles and ills that upset the balance of body and mind. You will also learn every single one of his original 34 mat exercises taught to his own students. Living testimony to the validity of his own teachings, Joseph Pilates shares in these writings his fundamental tenets of posture, body mechanics, correct breathing, spinal flexibility, physical education, and his law of natural exercises. It is a fascinating look into Pilates' original thinking and represents the foundation of an entire discipline embraced by fitness enthusiasts, health educators, and exercise trainers around the world.