The most comprehensive and accessible guide to Pilates ever
Author: Lynne Robinson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Health & Fitness
The Pilates Bible is the most authoritative and comprehensive book on Pilates matwork ever written and demonstrates why this hugely popular exercise has gone from cult status to an essential part of our modern lifestyle. Drawing on the latest medical research, the authors have updated old favourites as well as introduced many new. All can be performed with little or no equipment and The Pilates Bible allows you to progress safely at your own pace through Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. There are also special sections on Pilates for new mothers and children, people with problems such as osteoarthritis, back pain and knee injuries, as well as Pilates at the gym and the workplace, and for the performing arts and sport. This is truly the one-stop guide for Pilates novices as well as those hoping to consolidate what they already know.
The complete Pilates programme includes more than 100 mat and standing exercises for absolutely everyone - beginners to advanced, plus workouts for special needs and groups such as back and neck problems, pregnancy, young people and seniors. All the sequences are easy to follow, fully illustrated and accompanied with the key benefits of each move. Also included is a comprehensive section on the principles and concepts of Pilates, including stance, breathing, control and safety.
Tone Your Body with This Gentle, Effective Exercise System that Strengthens and Conditions the Muscles and Improves Posture and Breathing
Author: Melissa Cosby
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Category: Health & Fitness
The Pilates Healing Bible is your introduction to the principles of Pilates, bringing together the themes of mindfulness and movement. You can tone your body through exercise that strengthens and conditions the muscles and improves focus, comfort, and clarity. The drills in this book are warm-ups, stretches, and relaxation routines to help you prepare for a full Pilates practice. Pilates is a blend of disciplines informed by gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, tai chi and everything else that piqued the curiosity of its inventor, Joseph Pilates. This book includes a range of exercises formulated to work with your busy lifestyle, from routines that can be done at your desk, to floor routines for home, plus a classical Pilates mat routine. Readers will find that easy- to-follow instructions accompanied by step-by-step images to illustrate each exercise.
Step-by-step techniques and sequences help you to build up your knowledge and skills at your own pace. Special features on pilates for pregnant women and new mothers, as well as for those with conditions such as osteoarthritis, back pain, and knee injuries. Discover how pilates can improve your sports, dance and gymnastics skills.
The Ultimate Guide To Sculpting, Strengthening and Streamlining Your Body Shape Up with Pilates is an innovative regime of 20 targeted, step-by-step workouts, clearly explained and illustrated, and designed to give you a streamlined torso that will retain its natural curves. Organized into four-week programs of varying lengths it includes: - Seven 20-minute workouts per week - Five 30-minute workouts per week - Three 45-minute workouts per week Plus advice on which exercises to do for particular problem areas, such as the waistline and belly, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, or upper back; tips on how to incorporate exercise into your life; the benefits for mental health and well-being; and how to improve your diet. In just three months, Lynne promises you can change your shape and sculpt parts of your body you had long forgotten. You will feel the benefits within the first few weeks and others will soon start to notice the changes as you begin to look taller and slimmer. Within three months, you will both look and feel like a new person!
The Thoroughly Indispensable Guide to Negotiating Life without Wheat
Author: Jax Peters Lowell
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Category: Health & Fitness
The definitive guide to the gluten-free lifestyle, completely revised and updated for the 2.2 million Americans with celiac disease According to a landmark 2003 National Institutes of Health study, 2.2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an allergy to the protein gluten found in wheat. Since this book was first published in 1995 (as Against the Grain), Jax Peters Lowell has been helping celiacs follow a gluten-free diet with creativity, resourcefulness, and humor. This edition includes chapters covering - the latest research into celiac disease, and myths that have been debunked - how to eat out happily, including a short course in restaurant assertiveness training - how to eat in happily, including a discussion of online and mail order suppliers and negotiating the supermarket as a celiac - dozens of delicious new recipes - drugs, cosmetics, and other products tested for celiac-safety - a thoroughly updated resource section Tens of thousands of celiacs have already enhanced their lives with Lowell's authoritative, witty, and practical guide. The Gluten-free Bible promises to bring relief to the new gluten-intolerant generation.
The “Anywhere” Regimen That Strengthens and Tones Without Equipment
Author: Karon Karter
Category: Health & Fitness
Pilates is a fitness phenomenon that's been around for nearly 100 years and shows no signs of fading away. Through a series of strength and stretching exercises, it builds core body strength, improves posture, relieves pain, alleviates symptoms of serious chronic diseases, and has a positive impact on all of the vital systems-all while building a connection between the body and the mind. Formal Pilates classes are enormously beneficial; however, they are also very expensive. Using The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Pilates on the Mat, readers can practice Pilates Mat exercises on their own-without all the expensive and intimidating equipment (aka "instruments of torture") found in the studio or gym. The book takes readers through the complete sequence of Pilates Mat exercises with photos and step-by-step instructions. Along the way, fitness expert Karon Karter gives readers: ·A Pilates primer-how and why the method works on every body, inside and out. ·Basics for better breathing and posture. ·Safe instruction for flexing toward your healthiest self. ·Expert advice on Pilates Mat exercises and using simple equipment, such as the Magic Circle. ·Poses and postures to increase range of motion, bone density, respiration, circulation, and muscle control. ·Exercises for toning muscles and melting fat, making the body look lean, healthy, and younger.
This memoir by the oral historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Good War is “a masterpiece about a life which itself is a sort of masterpiece” (Oliver Sacks). Chosen as a Best Book of the Year in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Playboy, Studs Terkel’s memoir Touch and Go is “history from a highly personal point of view, by one who has helped make it” (Kirkus Reviews). Terkel takes us through his childhood and into his early experiences—as a law student during the Depression, and later as an actor on both radio and the stage—offering a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of Chicago in the 1920s and ’30s. Describing his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his involvement with progressive politics during the McCarthy era, as well as his career as an interviewer and oral historian, Touch and Go is a testament to Terkel’s “generosity of spirit, sense of social justice and commitment to capture on his ever present tape recorder the voices of those who otherwise would not be heard” (The New York Times Book Review). It is a brilliant lifetime achievement from the man the Washington Post has called “the most distinguished oral historian of our time.” “The master storyteller tells his own story, as no one else can, irresistibly.” —Garry Wills
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Good War:A masterpiece of modern journalism and “a huge anthem in praise of the American spirit” (Saturday Review). In this “invaluable record” of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. Featuring a mosaic of memories from politicians, businessmen, artists, striking workers, and Okies, from those who were just kids to those who remember losing a fortune, Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, revealing how the 1929 stock market crash and its repercussions radically changed the lives of a generation. The voices that speak from the pages of this unique book are as timeless as the lessons they impart (The New York Times). “Hard Times doesn’t ‘render’ the time of the depression—it is that time, its lingo, mood, its tragic and hilarious stories.” —Arthur Miller “Wonderful! The American memory, the American way, the American voice. It will resurrect your faith in all of us to read this book.” —Newsweek “Open Studs Terkel’s book to almost any page and rich memories spill out . . . Read a page, any page. Then try to stop.” —The National Observer
Finally, one book that cuts through all the fad diets. If you've been looking for straight answers for all of your weight-loss questions, this is the book for you. Broken down into ten easy-to-use sections featuring thirty-five questions and answers, including cross-references, Wills exposes common diet myths and provides an impartial reference that will help you make an informed choice. The different diet programs, methods, and products that we are bombarded with daily are evaluated in an A-Z listing that is also cross-referenced.