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Pilates Body in Motion Deck Cards – January 15, 2007
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Alycea Ungaro, P.T., is the owner of Real Pilates (tm), and the author of several best-selling Pilates titles including Portable Pilates (tm) and The Pilates Promise. Alycea has personally trained many celebrities including Madonna, Uma Thurman, and Christy Turlington with whom she has also collaborated on a Pilates Bootie for Puma(tm). Alycea presents seminars and workshops nationally and also serves on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine. Alycea is a featured personality on iamplify.com where you can download her signature workouts to your desktop or iPod.
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After going through five other books I think that Pilates: Body in Motion is, without a doubt, the best Pilates workout book to date. Why? Well, first, the book is organized in a logical and easy-to-study format that helps to memorize and follow the different levels of the workout program without missing a single step, and allows browsing through them for quick consultations.
Second, it presents the complete sequence for each exercise photographed, and step-by-step instructions for each movement with detailed, but simple, explanations of posture, breathing and motion.
Third, it has complimentary information for each exercise: number of repetitions, warnings and alternatives for people who shouldn't perform particular exercises, modified versions to make sure the program is adaptable to almost anyone, dos and don'ts to insure proper execution, and transitional positions between following exercises to maintain the rhythm of the workout.
Fourth, it includes a thorough explanation of the key principles of the Pilates method, whose application is fundamental to achieve the benefits offered by the workout.
Fifth, it contains preparation exercises for each level (from beginner to advanced) that serve as a sort of test to indicate when to move on to the next level.
I recommend this book to anyone serious about maintaining a healthy, toned, and well-shaped body. I would also recommend buying The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler for additional exercises and The Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford for a natural and effective way to backup your workout on advice on how to eat.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
The photos are clear and understandable and I also appreciated the breathing instructions, the Cautions (for example, "If you experience back pain while holding your legs up...") and the Visualizations ("Imagine molding your body into the shape of a tremendous horseshoe"). Each exercise includes a photo of what you may be doing incorrectly, and a "Head-to-toe checklist". The emphasis is on doing each exercise as perfectly to form as possible and becoming strong and controlled; not on doing more, faster, or how skinny you're supposed to get.
All the exercises are for the mat or the wall, so no equipment or gadgets are needed, either. Great book!!