Pilates on the Ball: A Comprehensive Book and DVD Workout Paperback – Sep 10 2003
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"Craig offers a unique and exciting synthesis of the Pilates Method of body conditioning and the Swiss exercise ball, providing a new, low-impact way to get fit."--"Arizona Networking News", April/May 2002
"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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
J. Gibson M.D., C.C.F.P.
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.
This is the one book I use for my ball workout.
Most recent customer reviews
This video has some great ideas for incorporating the ball into your Pilates workout. The quality of the production was less than desired. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2013 by Nrobs
Very dull book, black and white print and images. The DVD is very low end and amateurish. Not very good viewing angles.Published on April 28 2010 by raspberry
I think this book is ok - it didn't inspire me to get exercising, but I liked that with each exercise it gave directions on how to breathe.Published on Oct. 26 2002 by M. West
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. Read morePublished on July 7 2002