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Pilates Anatomy Paperback – March 10, 2011
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Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger.
The Premier Publisher for Sports & Fitness.
- Full-color anatomical illustrations
- Science-based programs
- Authoritative advice
- Remarkable results
- Popular anatomy series has sold over 3.1 million copies
Your illustrated guide to mat work for core stability and balance
This is Pilates as you’ve never seen it before!
With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, Pilates Anatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.
Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, you’ll see how key muscles are used, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked.
Choosing from over 45 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. You’ll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body.
Step-by-step instruction for over 45 exercises
Spinal flexors and anterior stabilizers: rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique, transversus abdominis.
Spinal extensors: erector spinae (spinalis, longissimus, iliocostalis), semispinalis, deep posterior spinal group.
Spinal flexors: rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique.
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Spinal flexors: rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique.
Hip flexors: iliopsoas, rectus femoris, sartorius, tensor fasciae latae, pectineus.
Posterior spinal stabilizers: erector spinae (spinalis, longissimus, iliocostalis), semispinalis, deep posterior spinal group.
Anterior spinal stabilizers: rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique, transversus abdominis.
Hip extensors: gluteus maximus, hamstrings (semimembranosus, semitendinosus, biceps femoris).
Hip flexors: iliopsoas, rectus femoris, sartorius, tensor fascia latae, pectineus.
'The Pilates world is fortunate to have this resource.' — Peter Davis, IDEA
'Karen and Rael are two of the most respected names in the Pilates field, and Pilates Anatomy brings together their clarity and passion. This book is at the top of my list.' — Nora St. John, Education Program Director, Balanced Body University.
"Karen and Rael are two of the most respected names in the Pilates field, and Pilates Anatomy brings together their clarity and passion. This book is at the top of my list." -- Nora St. John, Education Program Director, Balanced Body University
"There is a wealth of information in Pilates Anatomy. The Pilates world is fortunate to have this resource." -- Peter Davis, Cofounder of IDEA Health and Fitness Association and Inner IDEA
“Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger is an exceptionally well-mapped journey into the muscular anatomy and kinesiology of Pilates exercises. A must-have anatomy book for any serious student of Pilates, Pilates Anatomy will surely appeal to anyone interested in how muscle groups work together in exercise.” -- Marguerite Ogle, About.com/Pilates
About the Author
Rael Isacowitz is a world-renowned practitioner and teacher of Pilates. He has over 30 years of Pilates achievement and is a prominent lecturer and teacher at symposiums, universities, and studios around the globe.
Rael earned his bachelor of education degree from the Wingate Institute, Israel, and holds a master of arts degree in dance from the University of Surrey, England. During his career he has worked with numerous Olympians and many professional athletes and dancers.
Rael’s early Pilates teachers included Alan Herdman and thereafter several of the first-generation Pilates teachers (known as the Elders). To Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Romana Kryzanowska, Eve Gentry, and Lolita San Miguel, Rael owes the inspiration and friendship that have guided his career.
Rael has mastered all levels of the Pilates repertoire and is noted for his unique athleticism and passion for teaching as well as his synthesis of body, mind, and spirit. In 1989, he founded Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates), which has developed into one of the foremost Pilates education organizations in the world. At present, BASI Pilates is represented in 20 countries.
Rael has authored the definitive book on Pilates (Pilates, Human Kinetics), published a series of training manuals on all the Pilates apparatus, produced DVDs, designed the revolutionary Avalon equipment, and created Pilates Interactive, the groundbreaking Pilates software. He is a regular contributor to several industry publications. Creativity and energy suffuse his work. For Rael, teaching Pilates is the ultimate gift. Isacowitz resides in Hood River, Oregon.
Karen Clippinger is a professor at California State University at Long Beach, where she teaches functional anatomy for dance, body placement, Pilates, and other dance science courses. She is also on the faculty for Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates), where she teaches Pilates certification programs. Furthermore, she teaches continuing education courses for BASI Pilates and other prominent organizations.
Ms. Clippinger holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Her lifelong passion is to make anatomical and biomechanical principles accessible so that people can better understand their bodies, improve technique, and prevent injuries. Her textbook, Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, exemplifies this mission; reviewers have lauded the book for its combination of scientific comprehensiveness and practical wisdom.
Before joining academia, Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 22 years at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with hundreds of professional dancers and elite athletes and consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. race walking team, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. During that time she was drawn to Pilates because of its tremendous versatility and profound benefits for people of varying abilities and aspirations.
Clippinger is a renowned presenter in Pilates, dance, anatomy, and biomechanics. She has given more than 375 presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. Clippinger was also an exercise columnist for Shape magazine for four years. She resides in Long Beach, California.
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For the mainstream, home-based user, this “illustrated” anatomy guide is a little dense - it feels more geared toward instructors or studio managers. The “Look Inside” feature is an accurate depiction of the 200+-page workbook, so if that preview appeals to you, and you are building your knowledge base to professional-level expertise, then this is an excellent resource.
If, however, you are looking to expand your yoga or regular fitness routine with a Pilates workout, I recommend Anatomy of Fitness Pilates, instead.
I really like that it has various programs. Exercises must be done in a certain order for maximum effectiveness, and this book has a great selection of programs from beginner to advanced to avoid muscle memory and stagnation. All you need is a yoga mat or two, and read this book full before starting so you really understand the importance of the timing of breathing, how to "hold in" your core, and how to time your moves. It maybe be hard and awkward at first, and you may even need a trainer for the first few times if you have no experience with pilates (it is very different than yoga core work, or other conventional core work). But you will pick it up quickly, and your abs and core will become very strong which is great for spine stabilization.
I've been taking Classical Pilates classes privately and in a group setting, and this book has been extremely helpful to me. I highly recommend it.
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SEEING the muscle, where it IS and what it DOES makes a LOT of sense for me.
I love this book and use it often.