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Pilates Basics

by Jillian Hessel

Book: Pilates Basics

Master Pilates fundamentals as you strengthen, align, and balance from within.

About the Book

144 spiral-bound pages, 8" x 9"
Rodale Press, May 2003
ISBN 0-87596-913-5


Want to have more energy and strength and look and feel better than you have in years? Then Pilates is for you! However, there are a handful of fundamental skills everyone must learn before they can reap the full benefit of Pilates — and this book lays them out in precise and inspiring detail. Developed by certified Pilates instructor Jillian Hessel, Pilates Basics is a series of exercises that anyone can do, regardless of fitness level.

Over the past 25+ years, Jillian Hessel has been honing her teaching and presentation skills to clearly convey in words and pictures the foundations of Pilates exercise: proper breathing, muscular initiation, alignment, and clean movement.

Pilates Basics is different from other books you may find on the bookshelf, because it is written especially for the novice — the person who has never practiced Pilates before, but is eager to learn. In this book, a postural analysis and a series of pre-Pilates fundamentals pave the way for the 21 matwork exercises that follow. Each exercise is accompanied by full-color photographis and detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Pilates for Beginners DVD

Though written for beginners, this book is also an exceptional resource for Pilates teachers.

Printed on acid-free, recycled paper in the U.S.A.

Pilates for Beginners is the DVD companion to this book.

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Back Cover and
Table of Contents
"Pelvic Press" from
B.E.A.M. Fundamentals
"The Mermaid" from
Classic Matwork


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