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Pilates On The Ball Book Dvd [Paperback]

Colleen Craig
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Book Description

Oct. 30 2003
Features a 45-minute DVD and the bestselling book Pilates on the Ball

• Includes a visual demonstration of selected exercises from the Pilates ball workout described in detail in the accompanying book

In her bestselling book Pilates on the Ball, certified Pilates trainer Colleen Craig combines the effectiveness of the Pilates workout with the unique capabilities of the Swiss exercise ball, providing an innovative and low-impact way to stay fit. Now she offers a DVD in which numerous exercises from the book are demonstrated, accompanied by Craig’s vocal coaching that explains each step of the exercises. While the book Pilates on the Ball contains over 160 photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, many users prefer to see the exercises demonstrated live in real time. The accompanying DVD allows readers to see exactly how to position the body throughout each phase of the exercise and also to see what pitfalls can occur and how to easily prevent them. Most important of all, the DVD allows the user to follow along as if in a class setting.

The Pilates on the Ball book and DVD workout shows users of all levels of fitness how to maximize the use of the ball in order to increase athletic performance, build long lean muscles, and tone the abdominal core. The DVD allows readers to take the exercises to new levels of understanding and effectiveness as they put the exercises contained in the book into practice.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New idea in exercise Nov. 6 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Pilates Innovation April 4 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great ball workout Jan. 12 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 13 2001
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First, this book is simply an enjoyable read. Next, the author does a great job explaining the breathing and postural details which are so critical to pilates. And finally, it's jam packed with well-photographed exercises for all levels of ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book July 7 2002
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This book covers a lot of ground in good detail. I like the arm excercises. The author gives breathing (to breath in or out) intruction for each excercise, which I find helpful. It is a helpful and enjoyable book to learn from.
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