Author Brooke Siler, who trained with Romana Kryzanowska, the oldest living protégé of Joseph Pilates, organizes her book impeccably. After discussing proper alignment and ways to modify the exercises for those with neck, knee, or lower back pain, she jumps right into the 60-plus exercises, which are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. What differentiates Siler's book from the other Pilates titles is that she includes a disclaimer about the models: "The models in this book have been training in the Pilates method for years. Although their bodies may seem to represent an unrealistic ideal for many, they have worked hard to achieve their fitness goals. I hope in earnest that they do not intimidate but inspire." Also, each exercise is given a two-page spread of its own, and is accompanied by clear photographs and helpful graphics. For example, for the "inner-thigh lifts," there's an illustration suggesting that you imagine a stack of books on the lifting leg to help you increase resistance. Each exercise also includes what Siler calls "The Inside Scoop," or tips she's learned from training hundreds of clients. These include the main goal of the exercise; simple modifications for beginners; important keys to remember while doing the move; and no-nos to prevent injury. While it's important to concentrate and get the technique of each exercise down, Siler's book is perfect for anyone looking for a simple exercise program that promises results, requires a minimum of time, and can be done at home or while traveling. --Erica Jorgensen
I started a Pilates class shortly after receiving this book. There is a lot to practice, a lot more than I had thought. Read morePublished 27 days ago by 333meg
My sister really liked this gift. This book
for her was an introduction to Pilates and
very clearly provided the basics to this type of exercise.
This was the first pilates book I had and it inspired me to go on to classes in classical pilates. The directions are great, easy to follow and give a nice workout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roseanne
Originally purchased this book for a community college class. Easy to understand, classic pilates book. Love it!Published 2 months ago by C. Leonard