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The Pilates Powerhouse: The Essential Home Guide for Improving Strength, Tone, Shape and Balance, No Equipment Necessary Paperback – 4 Jan 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New edition edition (4 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091856922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091856922
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,222,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Pilates trainer-to-the-stars, Mari Winsor owns and operates two Pilates studios in the Los Angeles area. She has been featured in Allure, Redbook, Elle, LA Magazine, Health & Fitness, USA Today, Fitness, Shape, In Style, Vogue, and Time and has appeared on MTV, "Access Hollywood," and "Entertainment Tonight." She is the author of The Pilates Workout Journal and The Pilates Powerhouse, for which she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mari Winsor seems to me very complex in her explanations, e.g.it is very difficult to make head or tail about her explanation of "the powerhouse" which must be strengthened. By comparison Lynn Robinson in the Book "Pilates: the way forward" just says "imagine you have to "zip up" your trousers and hollow this area. How much simpler is this image!
All the mat exercises are here. Only they are presented in a frightening way. No way could I ever start doing those. Again dealing with exactly the same subject, Michael King in "Pure Pilates" gives the exercises with a set a gradual preparations to them if you are not up to the standard of performance required by the full exercises.
If you are an athlete or a dancer (as Mari Winsor is) fine then this book is for you. If you are just a beginner, beware, the book might put you off a tremendous way of exercising. Because what Mari Winsor says is true, Pilates will change your life. Do try it, it feels great.
Michael King "Pure Pilates " and Lynn Robinson " The way forward" are better for starters. They are also more engaging.
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By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2001
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I found Mari's book to be very helpful. It is well structured and has clear photos and instructions for all exercises. It is convenient as an easy reference guide to many Pilates exercises. This book guides you through these exercises in a proper sequence, unlike some other books I have read, thus ensuring maximum benefit and performing them in the correct manner just how Joseph Pilates originally intended. Mari is clearly very passionate about Pilates. The beginning chapters of the book (before the exercises start) I found to be interesting and in places quite profound. She obviously has a lot of strength and spirit and she conveys this well throughout her book.
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Mari Winsor's guide to Pilates is an excellent introduction to this fitness regime, and as the exercises are graded from Beginner level to Expert, there are always new challenges. The explanatory photographs are a great help, and the text is generally clear, although in a few places she leaves syntax behind, but you know what she means. There is rather a lot of read-once material bookending the exercises, but it is interesting, and maybe some people would find it inspirational. One quibble is that Vermilion apparently did not edit this with an eye to the UK market - being asked to do something in time to 'America the Beautiful' is confusing if you aren't sure how that goes... On the other hand, the exercises work, and there can be no higher praise.
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