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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (August 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569754144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569754146
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellie Herman is an internationally reknown Pilates instructor and author with twenty years of experience. She has authored eight Pilates books including; Pilates for Dummies, Pilates Props Workbook, Pilates Workbook on the Ball, and a series of five Pilates manuals covering all the major Pilates modalities: Pilates Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Pilates Springboard.
Based in the Bay Area for more than twenty years, Ellie founded Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco (1992), Oakland (2000) and then relocated to New York, and opened her third studio in Brooklyn (2005). While overseeing these three studios, Ellie trained hundreds of Pilates Instructors, many of whom have gone on to open their own studios.
Ellie invented a piece of Pilates equipment called The Pilates Springboard, an inexpensive and space saving version of the Cadillac, manufactured and distributed by Balanced Body, Inc.
Ellie developed Walk-ilates, a system that uses Pilates-based exercises to correct faulty alignment and gait patterns.
Ellie has an MS in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.

Customer Reviews

VERY user friendly.
Shuree
The book is very comfortable to use because of its lay flat binding and the writing is concise and easy to follow along with the pictures.
Yoni
I like the back stuff better than some of the books devoted to that topic, including a few that come from a yoga perspective.
Earl Grey Rules

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Yoni on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent , it's probably my favorite pilates book I have.There's tons of exercises for the foam roller , elastic band, magic circle/small ball and a few exercises with a pinkie ball and even one exercise with a towel.The book is very comfortable to use because of its lay flat binding and the writing is concise and easy to follow along with the pictures.

There's also a "suggested workouts" chapter with programs for specific body parts(like :knee ,foot & ankle ,lower back) to help you rehabilitate in case you have injuries and want to strengthen those parts also there are full body programs for every prop and one multiprop workout using all the props together for a challenging and varied workout ,the programs are laid out as charts with small pictures so it's really easy to follow.

This book is the only extensive source I know for integrating props in Pilates , so it's worth buying.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lucy the Bargain Hunter on February 6, 2005
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Ellie Herman's Pilates Workbook on the Ball was such a good book that I had to get this book of hers too. I am very pleased with the exercises, and like having now the variety of Pilates exercises on the big ball (from the other book) as well as Pilates on the roller, magic circle, and thera-band, from this book. Everything is well laid out and explained. I highly recommend this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Earl Grey Rules on June 25, 2007
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This is an excellent Pilates props book. I guess it's the best one, since it may be the only one.

More importantly from my perspective with a chronic rotator cuff problem, it has the best exercises on the topic. Rotator cuff exercises are majorly boring. I never got the point of using therapeutic bands since I couldn't feel anything happening and the repetitions are tedious. I think that's the case with all the stabilizer muscles, except for those in the abdomen. You can't really tell when they're working, although you sure know when they aren't.

Anyway, this book definitely has the best rotator cuff rehab exercises and some good variations with photos. There only are a few books on the topic or that show such exercises. Trust me that this one is the best, since I've dealt with the wretched problem for years and am starting to show more patient improvement now.;-)

There also are very good back and knee and other exercises for recovering from joint or spine injuries, as well as for general fitness. I like the back stuff better than some of the books devoted to that topic, including a few that come from a yoga perspective.

As usual, Amazon has the best prices and shipping policy. Ordered on a Thurs, arrived on Mon morning with standard, free shipping. Amazing!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Gage on May 7, 2010
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This book contains great information and good descriptions of the exercises however the Kindle version has very grainy photos that are hard to decipher and also is very poorly laid out. If you are going to by it, buy the original.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Barnette on November 22, 2008
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I am a Pilates instructor and a fan of the "classical" Pilates principals of Joseph Pilates. This book is a great guide to Pilates exercises with the aid of props. Props can make Pilates exercises more or less difficult depending on the way they're used. I use many of the exercises in this book in my "Pilates Apparatus" classes. I viewed this book at a Borders bookstore before purchasing on Amazon where I got a much better deal. Highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Den Harder on May 31, 2008
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This book is a very good one to use if you are doing regular studio pilates with an instructor. I am really emphatic that form is critical and this book is a useful reminder of the sequence of exercises once the precise form issues are explained by your instructor. For relatively experienced pilates students it provides useful guides to establish a home-based routine to support work with your instructor. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Garrity on March 23, 2014
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I take Pilates reformer classes once a week in the studio, but I needed some exercises to work at home without a reformer. My instructor recommended this book and I love it. I have most of the props, and the book provides clear instructions for many exercises on each prop for beginner to advanced user. It's a great help to get a thorough workout at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pilates_4_Life on February 7, 2011
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I've owned this book for quite a while and refer to it often. I have now bought copies for each of my clients to help them with "homework" exercises I assign. It's clear, well-written, excellent photos, valuable snippets (Basic Shoulder Set, pages 44 - 48 - and that should wet your appetitite to buy the book!) Top it off with Ellie's own brand of humor and you have a winner.
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