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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; Pap/DVD edition (Sept. 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892810955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892810956
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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"A unique and exciting synthesis of two highly-acclaimed fitness techniques. . . provides a new, low-impact way to get fit."--"Total Health", September/October 2001

About the Author

Colleen Craig is a certified Stott Pilates Trainer and writer. Her second book, Abs on the Ball, features over 100 innovative core-strengthening exercises using small and large balls. She lives in Toronto and teaches workshops throughout the world.

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First, I must say that this is a beautiful book. Each exercise is described in text and with a sequence of pictures. Exquisite care was taken to layout these photographs in a practical and eye-pleasing fashion. The small drawings of muscles are quite instructive -- in the style of _Anatomy of Movement_. Generous margins are available for notes and comments.
Coleen is clearly an expert in her field. She first describes the fundamental principles of Pilates, laying a foundation for transferring those principles to the Exercise Ball. The exercises are described in detail with pointers on how to perform them safely and effectively.
My only complaints about the book are small. The book lacks an index. Given the meticulous editing/layout of the rest of the book, I fondly hope this gets addressed in a future revision. Also, the book doesn't mention the well-respected Exercise Ball body of work that Paul Chek has created. Whether or not the author endorses that work, it deserves at least a mention in the "Resources" section of the book.
In any case, I think this is a landmark book -- and well-needed. Exercise balls are being massively marketed right now; there is a crucial need for instruction on how to use these devices safely and effectively. Providing these students with a well-grounded introduction to Pilates makes it all the better.
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As a family doctor, I have always recommended Pilates exercises to my patients. It is a safe, effective and medically very logical exercise program.
Colleen Craig has taken the Pilates system a big step further by utilizing the exercise ball. Her book has clear text, good photos, and helpful case histories to explain the techniques. It has everything needed to embark on an excellent exercise program.
Highly recommended.
J. Gibson M.D., C.C.F.P.
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Surprised by the low quality DVD. The book itself is great but I had made the purchase looking forward to enjoying the DVD. Had to cut open the DVD jacket as it's not resealabe and had to take care to cut it in such a way that I'd be able to reuse it as it hasn't been designed with reuse in mind.

Would've liked to see more angles on the video because there were times when I couldn't see the exercises properly to figure out what they were doing. Some issues with synching the audio as well. Basically, it looks like an amateur job which was disappointing in contrast to the book which looks like a lot of thought was put into it. Still, it's good to have at least SOME understanding of what the exercises in the book look like in real time.
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This is a great book. It adapts Pilates exercises to the popular fitness ball. More than just a variation on the mat workout, it provides ball substitutions for many Reformer and other equipment exercises in the Pilates program. The instability provided by the ball really requires one to focus on balance and posture. Colleen Craig provides clear detailed instruction and photos on all aspects of each exercise including the difficult but important breathing timing. Her video is just as good as the book and assists with visualizing the exercises.
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Collen Craig is a good teacher! The book "Pilates on the ball" is good; the DVD I found a bit sketchy, not something I will do on a daily basis. Instead to have a book and a DVD I would prefer a good (complete) DVD. The book is very good especially for somebody who prefer a book reading and exercising... I thing Collen can easily improve the DVD by adding more exercise programs from the book.
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This book provides a great ball workout. Once you have mastered the basics it is very easy to add the new exercises to your workout. After you've mastered the program the back of the book provides a quick guide to each area of exercise. Very helpful.
This is the one book I use for my ball workout.
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