BookThe most acclaimed, comprehensive guide for Pilates is back with all-new photos and more variations, modifications, and progressions than ever before.
In Pilates, Third Edition, world-renowned Pilates expert Rael Isacowitz draws on over four decades of experience to offer you a path to total health and well-being through the Pilates method. Whether you are a beginner, a teacher using Pilates in a therapeutic setting, or a veteran instructor working with athletes, this resource will help you tap into the potential of the mind–body connection to gain the elusive edge in training.
Pilates starts with the foundation for all the exercises by presenting an in-depth treatment of mat work, including photos, imagery, and detailed instruction on breathing to help you perform the movements correctly. After the mat work, Pilates goes on to apply the same depth of instruction and photos to the full range of Pilates apparatus:
- Wunda chair
- Ladder barrel, also known as the high barrel
- Step barrel, also known as the spine corrector
- Arm chair (F2 chair)
- Magic circle
The book includes a purposeful grouping of exercises into programs that work all regions of the body and progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates practice.
Pilates is a holistic approach to well-being that offers a bridge between mind and body, between everyday life and optimal performance, and between rehabilitation and healthy movement. When used to its full potential, it can enhance every aspect of life. So whether you are young or old, are able-bodied or live with restricted mobility, Pilates can improve your balance, concentration, coordination, posture, muscle tone, core strength, flexibility, and overall well-being.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Pilates, Third Edition Online CE Exam, may be purchased separately or as part of the Pilates, Third Edition With CE Exam, package that includes both the book and the exam.
AudienceIntermediate to advanced Pilates practitioners and Pilates teachers.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Enhancing the Mind and Body
Chapter 2. Alignment, Posture, and Movement
Chapter 3. Powerful Pilates Practice
Chapter 4. Mat Work
Chapter 5. Universal Reformer
Chapter 6. Cadillac
Chapter 7. Wunda Chair
Chapter 8. Barrels
Chapter 9. Ped-a-Pul
Chapter 10. F2 Chair
Chapter 11. Magic Circle
Chapter 12. Sample Exercise Routines
Quotes“Rael draws from his vast experience and expertise to provide a clear, comprehensive, creative, and inspiring presentation of the Pilates repertoire for the mat and apparatus. His keen descriptions of the technique and the benefits allow readers to experience the depth of the Pilates method as well as make appropriate exercise selections and modifications for both themselves and clients.”
—Karen Clippinger, MSPE, Professor Emerita of California State University at Long Beach and Lecturer for BASI Pilates
“The two Pilates books I refer to most often are Joseph Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology and Rael Isacowitz’s Pilates. They are must-have reference works for Pilates teachers, students, and clients. I have known Rael for many years. In this book you will meet Rael, the multitalented and knowledgeable man and teacher. He presents his approach to Pilates with simplicity and love, and he inspires you to do your best. Bravo, Rael!”
—Lolita San Miguel, PMA, CPT, First-Generation Pilates Teacher Certified by Joseph Pilates and Carola Trier
ExcerptsAdapting exercises while preserving the legacy of Pilates
Front support Pilates exercise
Placement of the head in Pilates
Stabilizing the trunk and pelvis