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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st ed edition (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718147669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147662
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 19 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in London, Darcey Bussell was a late starter to ballet at the age of thirteen and studied at the Royal Ballet School. In 1986 she won the Prix de Lausanne. Then in 1987 she joined Salders Wells Royal Ballet, where in 1988, at the age of nineteen, she was recognized by MacMillan and then joined the Royal Ballet as a soloist. On her opening night in The Prince of the Pagodas playing the part of Rose, she made history as the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal. In 1990 she received the Evening Standard Ballet Award and the Variety Club Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1995 she was awarded an OBE. She is now a favourite judge on Strictly Come Dancing.


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I've tried several Pilates books and been disappointed by them all: they simply don't describe and illustrate the positions and movements clearly enough to follow - and with a first and a PhD in physics I don't think the problem's just me being stupid! This one is different: the descriptions and illustrations are almost crystal clear, and the rationale for them is explained at just the right level to be helpful. And it's blessedly free from the mystic mumbo-jumbo that infects a lot of books on Pilates and yoga. Maybe it's because Darcey approaches Pilates as a working tool, not a religion. Anyway, 10 out of 10 for practical value. And beautiful to look at as well!
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Of the Many Pilates books on the market, this one strikes me as the most user friendly to date. The exercises are of a level that is safe for the complete beginner, and if done properly, will remain challenging to the experienced practicioner. To answer another critcism I have read, Many Pilates training courses advise incorrect breathing techniques as instructors have not all stayed current with the latest research. For those who understand the spirit of Pilates and are not afraid to be self- critical, this book will be a useful tool.
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Let's face it, the author has an amazingly toned body, which is completely understandable given the fact that she is a professional ballet dancer, but I am glad this book does not promise an instant 'Bussell Bod' or NVQ in the principles of Pilates.
Written with the complete beginner or intermediary in mind, it provides very clear, concise and safe instructions (corroborated by absolutely beautiful photography), of exercises favoured by the author, now a veteran of Pilates with 19 years experience of the technique. It is a complete and easy to follow introductory programme to the technique which thankfully, for me anyway, does not require any previous experience or involve in-depth reading!
The exercises are incredibly simple to learn, but physically very rewarding - they really do require quite considerable effort when carried out properly, but they remain incredibly addictive - five of us had a physically and spiritually uplifting time during our lunch hour at work today! (and have vowed to continue to do so- great fun!) If your interest has led you this far, you must buy this book!!
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I am 83 and want to stay as fit as long as possible. This book is just THE answer to it. Exercises are not too strenous, gentle and are fun to perform. I can recommend it to the young and old. It makes you feel good.
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I have both the book and DVD and rate both highly. You don't need both as each give good clear images and descriptions of the exercises. I really enjoyed the DVD, the exercise routine seems quite easy but you certainly know you've done it the next day!! The choice of music might not be to everyones liking but I find it very relaxing. The book covers the same exercises and information regarding the benefits of each one as the DVD, it doesn't of course have the music, but the images, descriptions and layout are very good and if you are a book lover, its a lovely book to have.
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Easy to follow and understand, this product is best suited for someone new to Pilates like myself. Buyers may wish to consider the accompanying DVD.
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Good Pilates beginners book. Broken into sections, warm up, main exercises set into body areas and cool down with another section for a mini programme.

All sections having good clear instructions. I liked the book so much I also bought the DVD!
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Good book with plenty of explanations for how to do Pilates, which I do in a weekly class but wanted help to carry on at home. Well written with good photographs, as usual, with a beautiful slim figure!
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