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Official Body Control Pilates Manual: The Ultimate Guide to the Pilates Method - For Fitness, Health, Sport and at Work Paperback – 11 Jan 2002


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (11 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330393278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330393270
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynne Robinson is the founder of Body Control Pilates, which has become one of the world's most respected Pilates organisatons with close to 1,500 teachers in 40 countries. She has written several best-selling books, among them Pilates for Weight Loss and The Pilates Bible, and presented numerous DVDs. Her influence was recognised by The Times, who called her 'The Queen of Pilates' and by the London Evening Standard who listed her as one of 'London's 300 Most Influential People'. Lynne was a member of the Working Group that developed the content of the national standard for Pilates mat work in the UK.

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Everything about this tome by the leading Pilates authorities is official, marking it out as a serious, in-depth guide to the fitness system which creates lean bodies through building muscle, tone and flexibility.

Unlike many fitness books (including yoga), there is nothing superficial, glamorous or intimidating about the visuals. Photos (from various angles) are cleverly backed up with extra diagrams where needed, plus illustrations of the relevant muscles. Instructions are simple and surprisingly easy to follow.

At first glance this might seem more like a teacher's manual. After a detailed introduction, it is divided into beginners, intermediate, advanced and prescriptions. On closer examination, with the huge emphasis on explanations of how different muscles work, and the level of detail, it is a cross between a medical and fitness handbook. Indeed to many the health benefits of Pilates will be an additional, welcome, surprise.

In the end, however, it is an indispensable health guide, appealing both to hard-core Pilates fans as well as newcomers. The final section (Prescriptions) on work, play, health and even the performing arts, provides simple and invaluable advice, and even if you have never been to a Pilates class, you can benefit hugely. You are unlikely to ever sit or stand the same way again with this book in your home! --Lorna V. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Pilates body conditioning is today's fitness buzzword, and following the success of Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson's original Body Control: The Pilates Way a variety of books have appeared, none as authoritative, practical, safe and geared towards solving your body's problems as this. 'How will Pilates help me?' is its keynote, so after explaining the fundamental Eight Principles through accessible, balanced core programmes come 'Pilates prescriptions' for your specific needs. From back pains, posture problems to prevention of common sports injuries and training your children to use their bodies properly, this is the one-stop reference. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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132 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
How Pilates has changed! When I bought Lynne's first book 'Pilates Way' four years ago, it was the first book of its kind focused on Pilates. It was a fantastic intro and I moved on to the Manual when it came out. Now, I've delved into three or four other Pilates books but I have to say that the Manual remains head & shoulders above everything else in terms of clarity, range of exercises - and common sense! If you only buy one book on Pilates, this has to be it!
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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun 2001
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This book is excellent. It is written superbly, and is very easy to read and understand. The colourful pictures are very helpful and really help you to see how you should be performing the exercises.The focus throughout the book is to keep your abs "zipped and hollowed" no matter what exercise you are performing or for what part of the body. This book offers a wide range of Pilates exercises for each part of the body.The book is divided up into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Programmes which are very well thought out and each offers a good all round Pilates class. There is also a section addressing which exercises you should concentrate on for individual and sports specific problems. Although this book does not cover every single Pilates exercise, it is by far one of the most comprehensive and useful books I have seen so far. If you want to get into Pilates the correct way and are looking for a quick and easy reference book, this one has got to be it.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Dendera on 20 July 2006
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A lot of good has been said about this book by previous reviewers, so I'll only agree with those glowing remarks and add one warning to owners of other Body Control Pilates books -- this book just cuts and pastes entire paragraphs and pages of info from the first book "Body Control" and "The Pilates Prescription for Back Pain" (which is just another title for the "Body Control Back Book").

Basically, Body Control are putting out the same (really great!) book with only a few updates and changes here and there (newer studies on engaging the pelvic floor before scooping & hollowing has replaced the old navel-to-spine only advice, for instance) -- and a lot better photographs and graphics.

So, if you own several other Body Control books, like I do, and aren't interested in fancy photography, you'll be disappointed here. But if you are new to their range of books and this is to be your first or only one -- go for it, you cannot do better, this Method is fantastic.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic! This is a well put together book with safe, sensible exercises. I was told to try Pilates after 10 years of yoga and to get this particular book as a reference. It's easy to work with. Good stuff!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE on 12 Sep 2008
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I bought this book after doing 1-to-1 classes for over 3 months with a very good and inspiring instructor in the Body Control Method. I have benefited considerably especially with regard to general quotidian painlessness, greater flexibility and a fully mobile neck, which has all but eliminated headaches for me.

The book now serves as a good aide-memoire for specific exercises, as I am wont to forgetting the names and remembering only the exercises, which makes it difficult for me to write my exercise diary. More importantly, the book is very helpful in building a work-out plan for the 4 weekdays when I do not have my 1-to-1 lesson.

Using the book is easier with an understanding of the concepts and many of the starting movements. If you are beginner, I would not recommend you use the book as a short-cut. It is less a text book, more a reference book. And for that role, it gets 5 stars from me.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By IM on 3 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
Gordon Thomson is a gifted instructor and this is perfectly conveyed through this wonderful and beautifully presented book. I recommed this book to anyone with an interest in Pilates, be they beginners or professionals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susz on 26 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by my Body Control Pilates instructor and has proved a useful tool to compliment my classes. Exercises are easy to find within the book and in most cases easy alternatives are offered allowing you to progress at home as you do in class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
I totally agree with the last reviewer! This is a very well presented book... and, to me, this covers everything I can think you would need from a Pilates book - as an athlete, it's nice also to see the level of support that the authors clearly have from medical and sports specialists.
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