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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Presentation Dynamics; 1.2.1998 edition (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096149378X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961493783
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This book represents the first major publication in 1934 by Joseph H. Pilates and includes his early Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness. He bases his work on the concept of a balanced Body and Mind, drawing on the approach espoused by the early Greeks. While some of his personal philosophies reflected early 20th Century viewpoints, his athletic and fitness doctrines were years ahead of his time.

Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. You will learn in this book his observations and conclusions about people's approach to physical fitness. He describes the results of decades of scientific study, experimentation and research into the variety of troubles and ills that upset the balance of body and mind.

Pilates makes extraordinary claims about the benefits of his defined science of "Contrology" and very specifically defines this science for all to read and understand. He was living testimony to the validity of his own teachings. In this book, he exemplifies and clarifies the beneficial impact of his work.

In this book, you will learn Joseph Pilates' fundamental tenets of posture, body mechanics, and correct breathing. You will discover his first teachings about spinal flexibility, physical education, and his law of natural exercises. It is a fascinating look into Pilates' original thinking and analysis and represents the foundation of an entire discipline embraced by fitness enthusiasts, health educators, and exercise trainers around the world.

About the Author

At the beginning of the First World War, Joseph Pilates was imprisoned in England along with many Germans who happened to be living at the time in and around Lancaster, England. He was a German national who had been boxing and performing in England prior to 1914. While living in the Camp, he taught other residents the series of exercises that he had developed for personal use over the preceding decades both in Germany and in England. His own exercise sets drew strongly from his studies of yoga and Zen, as well as ancient Roman and Greek exercise regimens.

More About the Author

At the beginning of the First World War, Joseph Pilates was imprisoned in England along with many Germans who happened to be living at the time in and around Lancaster, England. He was a German national who had been boxing and performing in England prior to 1914. While living in the Camp, he taught other residents the series of exercises that he had developed for personal use over the preceding decades both in Germany and in England. His own exercise sets drew strongly from his studies of yoga and Zen, as well as ancient Roman and Greek exercise regimens.

Customer Reviews

I think they are a must for people who love and practice Pilates.
K. Vasko
This book along with "Return to Life Through Contrology" has enabled me to more fully understand the Pilates method of exercise.
Cara Mia
It may be a book that I would refer back to, but does not make for "light" reading.
RCL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Cara Mia on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been studying the Pilates Method for about 3 years now. This book along with "Return to Life Through Contrology" has enabled me to more fully understand the Pilates method of exercise. It is not just exercise - it is a way of life. If you are a beginner it would be wise to choose one of the newer books to help you get started but, I would also purchase this book and Return to Life Through Contrology so that you can more fully understand the principals behind the method. I refer to my copies often for information and instruction. These are small, paperback, black and white books...but, they pack a great deal of information into their little package!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Vasko on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book and "Return to Life through Contrology" written by Joseph Pilates are the ultimate sources for understanding the philosophy and motivation behind the Pilates method. I think they are a must for people who love and practice Pilates. Not an easy read, but you don't have to understand every expression and word to get the meaning of them. What really comes through from these books is how passionate Joseph Pilates was about his methods and teachings. You will also find that not only he had an extensive and vast knowledge of human biomechanics but also he widely understood physics, biology and was able to make the connections that we just now are coming to understand. He truly was a pioneer and ages (not just years!) ahead of his time. On top of all that he was a brilliant inventor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RCL on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think that the book gives you some insight as to what kind of a person Joseph Pilates was, and where so many of his exercises stem from.. thinking of that era, and what was available at the time. It's always good to look back to see where we have come from and how we have progressed and changed. It may be a book that I would refer back to, but does not make for "light" reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. arguello on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was an outstanding value for the small amount of money I paid. I never knew Pilates was developed by a man because so very few men ever attend our local YMCA class...anyhows the book is great for someone who wants alot of great info without having to read too much in order to get it...I would recomend this book as well as any other written by the late Joseph Pilates...he was a man well ahead of his time in the pioneering of preventive health!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zmaster on November 20, 2013
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I did not like this book at all. I can understand the passion of the writer on his work, but this is basically a book-long rant against the current systems.
I've read page after page waiting to read something meaninful and at the end i realized only 5-10% of the text did actually convey some useful information on Pilates approach.
In short this book says: "Everybody is doing it wrong! We are supposed to live like mother nature made us, the natural way. So everybody is wrong. Contrology is my method and it works (but i won't explain it to you yet). Did i already mention that everybody else is ignorant and wrong?"

I frankly expected to know something more from this book since the next book was published only 10 years later.
I'm still going to read "Return to life through Contrology" to see if i can finally learn something about Pilates exercises.

This is the table of contents:
Chapter 1: A Grave Situation
Chapter 2: Health-A Normal and Natural Condition
Chapter 3: Dreadful Conditions
Chapter 4: Heading Downward
Chapter 5: Common Sense Remedies
Chapter 6: Contrology
Chapter 7: Balance of Body and Mind
Chapter 8: First Educate the Child!
Chapter 9: Proved Facts!
Chapter 10: New Style Beds and Chairs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Gannon VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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This is an important work to read because it reveals very clearly the mindset of the author, Joseph Pilates. Many people claim to be his disciples, but this is an excellent guide to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I rated this lower than 5 stars because of the weak layout. Publishing techniques have improved a lot since this was origionally published. Also, because of the age of the text, it is stilted. Most of Mr. Pilates' ideas, radical at their time, are commonly accepted today. His contributions to health are valuable beyond measure.
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