Released on 2013-10-22Categories Health & Fitness

The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates

The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates

Author: Brooke Siler

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 9781623360931

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 432

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Celebrity trainer and Pilates guru Brooke Siler teams up with the editors of Women's Health to offer a comprehensive, authoritative manual on this proven fitness philosophy. Trained by Joseph Pilates' protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, Brooke is an unparalleled expert and one of the most sought after teachers for her signature body re-shaping techniques. Combining the best of flexibility and strength training, Pilates is the path to the lean fit body every woman craves—and the Women's Health Big Book of Pilates guides readers in every step (and leg lift ... ) of the way. Using the body as the ultimate fitness vehicle, Pilates transforms bodies in record time. From moves targeting trouble zones to cardio circuits that blast fat all over, this go-to manual covers everything including: · How to incorporate Pilates at work, in travel, and in your daily routine · What props to use to best boost your workout · Pilates principles to help combat lower back pain, stress, low energy, and more! From basic mat moves to the right foods that fuel a lean toned figure, the Women's Health Big Book of Pilates is the go-to guide for beginners and experts alike.
Released on 2012-07-30Categories Health & Fitness

Pilates: Full-Body Workouts for a Stronger, Sexier You

Pilates: Full-Body Workouts for a Stronger, Sexier You

Author: Jasmine Evans

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 9781614646679

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 31

View: 885

ABOUT THE BOOK Pilates is a kind of exercise that works both the mind and the body. It improves strength without necessarily building bulk. It also targets the core (midsection) and other muscles that often get neglected by other activities. My introduction to Pilates happened at an early age. For most of my life, I was considered tall for my age with long legs and big feet. My parents thought it would be a good idea to enroll their lanky toddler in ballet classes. I continued those classes (and other dance classes) for over 14 years. In high school, I was a lean 5’8” ballet dancer and basketball player. I still had big feet, but they were complemented by long legs, long arms, and a long neck. What did I have to complain about? My midsection. I was relatively slim, but I had a pudgy middle. In high school, where appearances are everything, I wanted to do something about it. Fortunately, around this time, my dance instructor introduced the class to the Pilates method. She said that Pilates is based off of the ballet moves many of us had been doing for most of our lives. She promised that the method would flatten our midsections and make us feel taller. My dance instructor made good on her promise. After just 15-20 minutes of Pilates before we started dancing, I felt taller. Over time, I felt slimmer. I was hooked. I’ve been doing Pilates ever since, and I love it. I’ve taken classes and I’ve done several Pilates DVDs. Of all the activities I participate in (everything from running to basketball to kickboxing to Zumba), Pilates is one that I always come back to because it is really so effective and important. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Pull the part of your stomach area that is below your belly button upwards and inwards--as if you are pulling it away from your belt line.Keep your rib cage relaxed and breathe normally.You should be able to feel the muscle contracting in your lower abdomen. Another essential skill is being able to activate your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor muscles are at the base of your abdomen. They control your bladder and bowel functions. They also stabilize not only the pelvis but also the lower back. If you have lower back pain, are pregnant, or experience incontinence, learning how to control these pelvic floor muscles can really help. How do you activate your pelvic floor?Start in neutral spine position.Contract the muscles you would use to urinate.Breathe as you normally would. Once you can handle activating your TA and your pelvic muscles separately, try activating them together. Ready for some advanced Pilates moves? Great! Here are six of the most common moves for experienced Pilates pupils. Because sometimes it’s easier to see the moves being done rather than reading about them, many of the links in this section are to videos. Advanced Pilates ExercisesThe Crab--The Crab requires complete control from your core, so it will give you a great ab workout. It builds on exercises like the “Roll Up” but is slightly more advanced.Start by sitting up straight. Bend your knees almost Indian style and cross your feet at the ankles.Bring your knees up to your shoulders and grab your feet with your hands.Drop your head and allow your spine to curve as your prepare to roll.Breathe in and roll back. Control the movement. Try not to let your limbs flail around.Once you roll to your shoulders, let go of your feet and switch your feet around. Grab your feet again as you prepare to roll up.Breathe out and roll forward. Inhale as your head touches the mat.Roll back to repeat the move.Double Leg Kick--This move works the back extensors and the hamstrings primarily, but it can be a total-body exercise as well.Start by lying face down with your head turned to one side and your feet together.
Released on 2011-01-15Categories Juvenile Nonfiction

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and Fitness

Author: Brian Kinsey

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780761499596

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

View: 731

The 129 articles included in Nutrition and Fitness provide detailed information on a wide variety of topics that fall into the following five subject areas: body; diet and nutrition; human behavior; illness, injury, and disorders; and prevention and cure.
Released on 2010-05-11Categories Health & Fitness

Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover

Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover

Author: Bob Greene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439126233

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

View: 307

From Bob Greene, bestselling author of Get With the Program!, comes a comprehensive, innovative twelve-week plan for transforming your body inside and out. With Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover, you'll achieve maximum results in a minimum amount of time! Knowing that great health and fitness begin with the right state of mind, Greene addresses the important emotional issues behind poor exercise and eating patterns and provides the motivational tools needed to achieve your fitness goals, as well as develop practical and beneficial habits for lasting results. You'll be inspired and moved by reading the compelling true-life success stories of real people who have taken the challenge and who have changed their bodies -- and lives -- in ways they never dreamed possible! Whether you're struggling to lose that last ten pounds or searching for a radical weight-loss solution, the twelve-week makeover challenge is the answer to your fitness goals. After committing to the program, you'll find illustrated step-by-step workout guides for all fitness levels, combining progressive cardiovascular and intensive strength training exercises designed to revitalize your metabolism and get noticeable results fast. Each of the accelerated workouts has been created to energize and invigorate your body and mind while you have fun and trim down in the process! In addition, Greene takes a fresh approach to the question of diets by providing key nutritional guidelines that work in conjunction with any healthy eating plan, and he explains many of the popular diets on the market today to help you choose the one that's right for you. Finally, there is helpful advice on making the transition back to your everyday life: how to avoid regaining the weight you've lost, and how to maintain healthy exercise and eating habits for life. While many books leave you wondering what to do next, Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover offers enthusiastic and informative hands-on advice and tips beyond eating and exercise, and teaches you how to make your own happiness and well-being the foundation of an active and healthy life.
Released on 2003Categories Family & Relationships

Shapewalking

Shapewalking

Author: Marilyn L. Bach

Publisher: Hunter House

ISBN: 0897933737

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 148

View: 914

A new fitness regimen based on walking adds stretching and toning to the daily routine, helps readers set attainable goals for themselves, and offers valuable advice on losing and controlling weight, developing muscle, preventing or reversing bone-density loss, and more. Simultaneous.
Released on 2010-01-14Categories Health & Fitness

15 minute Home Workouts

15 minute Home Workouts

Author: DK

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9781405358262

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 386

View: 412

If you want to workout at home effectively but don't have the time, find out how by following this home workout, in eBook format Forget gyms, expensive kit, and hours of punishing fitness regimes; choose from a range of 15-minute Pilates, Yoga and Abs Workouts, Back Exercises and Strength-Training programmes and get your body tip top in no time. Clear at-a-glance photos show you exactly what to do and demonstrates a choice of workouts to suit your fitness needs and mood. A total fitness package - exercising at home has never been easier or quicker!
Released on 2009Categories Exercise for women

The Ultimate Body Shaping Bible

The Ultimate Body Shaping Bible

Author: Karon Karter

Publisher: Fair Winds

ISBN: 9781616734541

Category: Exercise for women

Page: 292

View: 203

Here is your get-gorgeous encyclopedia packed with 300 step-by-step photos! Drawing from several fitness approaches, including cardio, Pilates, yoga, free weights, and interval and strength training, veteran fitness trainer Karon Karter will get your body in the best shape it can be. Karter gives readers the fastest solutions for every body issue they face, from saggy butts to slack arms, by offering an incredible range of exercises that fit every need.
Released on 2009-04-28Categories Health & Fitness

PeeWee Pilates

PeeWee Pilates

Author: Holly Jean Cosner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786737505

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

View: 912

Though she yearns for her pre-pregnancy figure, a new mother has little time to devote to exercise; attending to the needs of a newborn is a full-time job. A revolutionary postnatal fitness program, Pee Wee Pilates gives new mothers what no other fitness program or book has to date: a quick and proven method they can do at home to whip their postpartum body gently back into shape and enrich their babies at the same time. Pilates targets the areas most affected by pregnancy (abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks), so new moms will get results fast without having to leave homes or carve out huge chunks of time. Simultaneously, because the baby is incorporated into the Pilates movements, women get to enjoy a loving and fun interaction with their babies. Unlike other mother/baby fitness programs, however, baby is far more than just a prop; the exercises in Pee Wee Pilates are designed specifically to help foster a little one's development and attachment to mother. Developed by one of New York City's leading Pilates teachers, Pee Wee Pilates promises to be the hot new "baby and me" exercise program for new mothers everywhere.