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Abs on the Ball: A Pilates Approach to Building Superb Abdominals Paperback – March 27, 2003
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"Abs on the Ball gives the fitness world an easy-to-follow program to strengthen abdomnal muscles effectively and safely." (R. John Allcorn, New Age Retailer, September 2003, Vol. 17 No. 5)
"Ms. Craig offers a refreshing approach to abdominal training while using some of the very effective and popular Pilates techniques." (Susannah Kent, Vitality Magazine, June 2003)
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The 9-inch Overball is used for 3 things: as a Magic Circle for inner thigh/core strength, a small ball for balancing on, and a means to provide support and feedback on a variety of exercises (like a mini roll-down with the ball behind your pelvis). Colleen has created some innovative exercises here. Some of the exercises are done with a mostly-deflated Overball, so it really makes sense to have at least 2 of these guys.
Colleen makes a compelling case for the use of inflatable balls for core training in the Introduction. She points to some state-of-the-art research as to why the crunch-oriented "core training" isn't really core-oriented at all. The first three chapters are must reading for any Pilates students and for anyone who wants to understand the nature of core training and why Pilates hits the target so well for these exercises.
For beginners with Pilates, I still strongly recommend getting 10-15 group or private classes under your belt before trying any of this on your own. Core training really is a horse of a different color; we do not naturally know how to do it. While the balls give you great feedback for your proprioception, there really is no substitute for a live instructor to start you off with these kind of exercises. And many Pilates instructors have picked up some training on these balls.
This is a great book for any serious student of Pilates/core strength.Read more ›
That having been stated, this a great book to "wear you out" and get you into shape. I have always thought that doing Pilates was a good thing for the average person, but the ball makes it twice as fun.
If you enjoy ball exercising and feel that it does the job you reshaping you in the way you want, this book will be a lovely addition to your exercise routine.
The author does an excellent job in introducing the audience to the material.I am not a die hard pilates instructor, so I appreciated it.
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a really good book of inspiration, no matter what shape one is in presently.Published on August 19, 2014 by Susan Goodman
I bought a used copy and it came in great condition!! I have utilized a lot of these exercises. But I haven't used all of them so, its great getting new ideas!!Published on June 10, 2013 by Sarah Coursen
I like this book. Lots of core movements. You have to have different size physioballs though. Stretches you out. Feel aligned.Published on January 3, 2013 by joyce frievalt