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The Pilates® method may be today''s hottest exercise, but it has been endorsed by physicians for almost a century. Originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to help strengthen and condition muscles, Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline, and realign their body without the bulked-up results of more conventional workout methods.

Now, in The Pilates® Body, author Brooke Siler--one of the most sought-after personal trainers in the country and owner of New York''s top studio for Pilates training, re:AB--provides a complete, easy-to follow program of Pilates exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without machines.

With step-by-step instructions, Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises, each of which is clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and unique visualization exercises. With Pilates you will not only streamline your figure--you will dramatically improve your posture, flexibility, and balance, and enhance your physical and emotional well-being. The Pilates Body shows you how.

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Thin-but-fit supermodels like Amber Valletta and Shalom Harlow and actresses like Ally McBeal''s Courtney Thorne-Smith and Liv Tyler swear by Pilates workouts to keep their figures toned and flexible. The Pilates Body is the latest in a string of books dedicated to this fitness program, which is now soaring in popularity nearly 100 years after it was first developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany in the early 1900s. While today''s Pilates studios take advantage of patented and intimidating-looking equipment that costs thousands of dollars (and therefore charge accordingly for private sessions), each exercise in The Pilates Body can be performed with just an exercise mat. While all parts of the body are used in the exercises, the focus is on the abdominals, or "powerhouse," which support the back; this makes Pilates an ideal exercise for those with back problems--or those hoping to prevent them.

Author Brooke Siler, who trained with Romana Kryzanowska, the oldest living protégé of Joseph Pilates, organizes her book impeccably. After discussing proper alignment and ways to modify the exercises for those with neck, knee, or lower back pain, she jumps right into the 60-plus exercises, which are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. What differentiates Siler''s book from the other Pilates titles is that she includes a disclaimer about the models: "The models in this book have been training in the Pilates method for years. Although their bodies may seem to represent an unrealistic ideal for many, they have worked hard to achieve their fitness goals. I hope in earnest that they do not intimidate but inspire." Also, each exercise is given a two-page spread of its own, and is accompanied by clear photographs and helpful graphics. For example, for the "inner-thigh lifts," there''s an illustration suggesting that you imagine a stack of books on the lifting leg to help you increase resistance. Each exercise also includes what Siler calls "The Inside Scoop," or tips she''s learned from training hundreds of clients. These include the main goal of the exercise; simple modifications for beginners; important keys to remember while doing the move; and no-nos to prevent injury. While it''s important to concentrate and get the technique of each exercise down, Siler''s book is perfect for anyone looking for a simple exercise program that promises results, requires a minimum of time, and can be done at home or while traveling. --Erica Jorgensen

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"Brooke is extremely knowledgeable about using Pilates as a tool to increase muscle strength and improve life energy and vitality. I love Brooke!"
--Amber Valletta

"All trainers feel committed to their clients. However, few give the dedication of a coach. Brooke is a trainer who is a coach. She pushes me to realize my potential and believes in my ability more than I do."
--Trudi Tapscott, Model Editor, Vogue magazine

"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you''ll have a whole new body."
--Joseph H. Pilates

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#174; method may be today''s hottest exercise, but it has been endorsed by physicians for almost a century. Originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to help strengthen and condition muscles, Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline, and realign their body without the bulked-up results of more conventional workout methods.

Now, in The Pilates® Body, author Brooke Siler--one of the most sought-after personal trainers in the country and owner of New York''s top studio for Pilates training, re:AB--provides a complete, easy-to follow program of Pilates exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without machines.

With step-by-step instructions, Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises, each of which is clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and unique visualization exercises. With Pilates you will not only streamline your figure--you will dramatically improve your posture, fl

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The Pilates(R) method may be today''s hottest exercise, but it has been endorsed by physicians for almost a century. Originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to help strengthen and condition muscles, Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline, and realign their body without the bulked-up results of more conventional workout methods.
Now, in The Pilates(R) Body, author Brooke Siler--one of the most sought-after personal trainers in the country and owner of New York''s top studio for Pilates training, re: AB--provides a complete, easy-to follow program of Pilates exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without machines.
With step-by-step instructions, Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises, each of which is clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and unique visualization exercises. With Pilates you will not only streamline your figure--you will dramatically improve your posture, flexibility, and balance, and enhance your physical and emotional well-being. The Pilates Body shows you how.

About the Author

Brooke Siler is the co-owner of re:AB, the renowned studio for Pilates® training in New York City, where her clients include Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, and Liv Tyler. Hailed as the "trainer to the stars," she trained under Joseph Pilates'' protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, and has been recognized by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper''s Bazaar, and the New York Observer as one of the country''s leading fitness gurus. She lives in New York City.

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What Is Pilates?

The Pilates® method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over ninety years ago by Joseph H. Pilates. It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a more streamlined shape.

At a time when the fitness industry is tripping over itself to create new, innovative trends, the Pilates method, with more than nine decades of success, stands out as a tried-and-true formula of wisdom and unwavering results. Pilates was developed to create a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life, and people are ready to heed its message of balance.

Whether because of a new consciousness or an intense dissatisfaction with the results of trendy exercise programs, in the past five years there has been a tremendous surge in the mind-body focus movement. People are beginning to realize how inefficient the exercises of the 1980s really were. We may have bought into the no-pain-no-gain mentality, but ultimately that led us to spend too much of our precious spare time chained to the gym. We now realize that while exercise should be an important part of our lives, it should add to and not take away from our enjoyment of a full life. With Pilates, specifically the matwork, we can minimize the amount of time spent in a gym or in front of an exercise video, but maximize the results achieved from a full-body workout. The matwork teaches us that the body is the finest and only tool necessary for achieving physical fitness.

Our old exercise regimes are failing us for another reason: They are based on isolating muscles and working each area of the body individually rather than treating the body as the integrated whole it is. The poor physical condition many of us are in today comes from the imbalance of engaging in complicated, inefficient exercises that isolate certain body parts while neglecting others. If our goal in exercising is to balance our bodies, improve circulation, reduce stress, improve endurance, look better, and feel great, then wouldn''t it stand to reason that we should utilize the one method that for over nine decades has proven its ability to achieve all these things?

The Pilates philosophy focuses on training the mind and body to work together toward the goal of overall fitness. Although born in a completely different era, Joseph Pilates understood the physical and mental pressures of a busy schedule. He sought to reeducate us to work our bodies with the efficiency of performing our daily tasks in mind. Pilates believed that his method would propel people to become more productive both mentally and physically. For this reason the Pilates matwork is designed to fit into the physical and time constraints of the individual without diminishing its comprehensive elements.

Pilates began developing his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900s. Plagued by asthma and rickets as a child, Pilates'' method sprang from his determination to strengthen his frail and sickly body. He called his method "The Art of Contrology," or muscle control, to highlight his unique approach of using the mind to master the muscles. Interned during the First World War, he taught his method to fellow internees and successfully maintained their health through the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918. During the latter part of the war Pilates served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man, where he began working with nonambulatory patients. He attached springs to the hospital beds to support the patients'' ailing limbs while he worked with them, and he and the doctors noticed that the patients were improving faster.

These spring-based exercises became the basis for the apparatus Pilates would later design to be used in conjunction with the matwork. That is why the Pilates name is often associated with antiquated-looking machines, but the matwork is the original movement system that Joseph Pilates created and is just as effective as the work done on the machines. This book shows the entire matwork sequence and has the advantage of being completely portable. The movements of Pilates matwork need no accoutrements and can be performed anywhere a normal human body can fit comfortably when stretched out at full length.

Joseph set up the first official Pilates Studio® in New York City after immigrating to the United States in 1926.  Since its introduction to American culture Pilates has maintained a steady and devout following. It has been the secret of dancers and performers since the late 1920s; Martha Graham and George Balanchine were big fans. In recent years it has been discovered by athletes, models, and actors who say they owe their strong, lithe bodies to the Pilates method.

Joseph Pilates authored a book in 1945 called Return to Life. That title epitomizes the very nature of the Pilates method. Through concentrated and creative effort you too will reap the myriad benefits that this unique method of conditioning has to offer, reawakening your body through movement and your mind through conscious thought. The combination results in the extra plus of the Pilates method: a revitalization of spirit that is a crucial factor in maintaining good health and a sound mind and body.

"Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles." Joseph Pilates believed in the power of our minds to control our bodies. He proved his theory time and again through years of research and training, and his legacy has been passed down through his students.



I have been involved in health clubs in one form or another since the age of fifteen and have tried all that they have to offer. I spent years as a personal trainer using weights and machines and sincerely believed that I had put all the strength into my body that it might need. I was wrong. What I had done was create a bulky, stiff set of muscles in a young, active body. I spent hours in the gym daily trying to create a feeling of well-being that was eluding me at every turn. I continued to have aches and pains that no amount of training would alleviate, and worst of all . . . I was bored!

And then I discovered the Pilates method of body conditioning. Within a matter of weeks I began to feel the internal strength that I had craved. My movements became more controlled and responsive. I was standing straighter and feeling more energized than ever before. After a few short months my bulky muscles began lengthening and my flexibility increased tenfold. I felt as graceful and lithe as a dancer. Subsequently my aches and pains vanished and I found myself enjoying my activities more. Most important, I felt empowered by my newfound knowledge. I was interested. I was in control. I was hooked.

Two and a half months after discovering Pilates I enrolled in the certification course, and in the years since, I have enveloped myself in the world of Pilates as both student and teacher. I have trained for thousands of hours and have watched the magic of this method unfold before my eyes both in my own work and in the work of my clients.

I continue to study under the master tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, who was chosen by Joseph and his wife, Clara Pilates, to carry on his work. I bring you The Pilates Body in the effort to further expound upon the brilliance of this method in a clear, concise, and creative way. For each movement I have provided visual and verbal cues that will stimulate your mind to action. With patience and perseverance your body will follow, allowing you to experience the efficiency of the Pilates method.

The beauty of Pilates is that once you understand the core of its philosophy, its movements can be translated into any format. Each exercise is an important movement in and of itself and can be used as a way to stretch and move correctly in the course of one''s day, but it is not a limited exercise regimen. Many people use the essence of the exercises to enhance other activities; athletes, for example, employ the movements and philosophy of Pilates in their sports. But whether you''re an athlete or a couch potato, young and limber or old and inflexible, the Pilates method can and does change the way you relate to your own body and the way you carry it in the world.

The power each of us holds to take control over our own well-being is startling. It begins by becoming aware of our bodies as an integrated part of our creative minds. We were all born with that power. We were all children with active imaginations that continue to live inside us. Sometimes we only need reminding. This book is that reminder. Instead of giving your power away, you will learn to harness it and use it for your very own. This book will teach you to creatively blend the power of your mind with the movement of your body in a way that is both efficient and extremely enjoyable. It is important that you understand the role you play in all of this. It''s all about you. What you put in is what you''ll receive, no more and no less.

Remember that with the power of your mind you can bring anything to light, so see your goal and then work to achieve it. This book will serve as a tool to help you along the path, but remember that it is your dedication to yourself that ultimately makes it all possible.

Good luck, and above all else . . . enjoy yourself!

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Jaime white
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Hands Down BEST Pilates Book!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
I bought this book back in early 2001 after taking a yoga/pilates class and I was interested more in the Pilates part. I literally used this book until all the pages were falling apart. I learned Pilates through this book in addition to a weekly yoga/pilates class at a... See more
I bought this book back in early 2001 after taking a yoga/pilates class and I was interested more in the Pilates part. I literally used this book until all the pages were falling apart. I learned Pilates through this book in addition to a weekly yoga/pilates class at a crowded gym. I ended up getting all my friends to practice too. Practicing Pilates from this book completely changed my body and later my life. In the back of this book after diligently practicing for over a year, I decided to move to Pennsylvania to work with an instructor that was listed from the "pilates guild" in the back of the book to start my journey to get certified in NYC from 2002- 2003. This book basically took me from a complete novice to wanting to teach Pilates for a career. Now almost 20 years later I now teach and certify other teachers and have given this book or recommended it to almost everyone that I meet novices to consistent practitioners. The illustrations are amazing and gives a truly solid workout and reference book for any level. I highly recommend! Brooke''s other books are amazing as well but this one I call the "pilates bible"
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Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
I have a physical copy of the book but wanted the kindle version so I could travel with it. Terrible idea. The kindle text has typographical issues, with photos of the physical book’s pages pasted in randomly. It’s horrible.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2017
I originally bought this book when it first came out in 2000. Read it cover to cover as it was my first brush with Pilates. Luckily for me, my first brush was with a real expert, a 2nd generation JH Pilates-trained expert at that. Then my husband gave it away to Goodwill by... See more
I originally bought this book when it first came out in 2000. Read it cover to cover as it was my first brush with Pilates. Luckily for me, my first brush was with a real expert, a 2nd generation JH Pilates-trained expert at that. Then my husband gave it away to Goodwill by accident one year, and I hadn''t found another copy...until now. Thanks, Amazon.

The book itself is visually appealing, there are extremely detailed explanations of every move, the history of the method and its intentions, plus there''s room to make personal notes on your progress or your impressions.

If you want THE book on Pilates, this is it. The rest are merely imitators.
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Simple, straightforward, and extremely helpful.
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2014
As someone who had always weight-trained using large, expensive gym equipment, I was skeptical about Pilates. After trying it out using YouTube videos as guides, I was hooked. This exercise program does not require you to buy any equipment or spend excessive amounts of time... See more
As someone who had always weight-trained using large, expensive gym equipment, I was skeptical about Pilates. After trying it out using YouTube videos as guides, I was hooked. This exercise program does not require you to buy any equipment or spend excessive amounts of time forcing your body through painful and monotonous repetitions. It keeps your mind and body engaged simultaneously, and despite the deceptively simple exercises you will find yourself sweating and pleasantly sore by the end. Also, it''s really fun! The moves are graceful and fluid and the emphasis on breathing adds a meditative aspect.

After doing some research online I found that this book kept turning up. I read through some of the hundreds of positive reviews here on Amazon and decided to buy it. When I first opened it, I was a little disappointed at the thinness of the book. Once I started reading though, I discovered that each page is dense with valuable content. Siler''s introduction is educational and genuinely warm and each exercise gets two pages dedicated to it with helpful visualizations, beginner and advanced modifications, and useful tips.

Some reviewers complained about a lack of exercise routines in the book but you only need one: the original matwork routine laid out by Joseph Pilates, which Siler has reproduced faithfully and in great (but not excessive) detail. Just the one routine, with 34 distinct exercises ranging from Beginner to Advanced level. You start at Beginner and add on exercises as you become more proficient, leaving out anything that causes you pain or doesn''t feel comfortable for your body. How simple is that?
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Appreciate the little cartoons describing each move
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2013
I just lay this on the floor and follow some of the routines. I especially appreciate the little cartoon diagrams in the corner of each page giving you an idea of what should be happening with your body. For instance, the Double Straight Leg Stretch on page 68-69, imagine... See more
I just lay this on the floor and follow some of the routines. I especially appreciate the little cartoon diagrams in the corner of each page giving you an idea of what should be happening with your body. For instance, the Double Straight Leg Stretch on page 68-69, imagine yourself on the ground on your back, hands behind your head, extend your legs straight to the ceiling, squeeze your inner thighs till no light passes through, anchor your center firmly to the mat and lift your head onto your chest, squeeze your buttocks, for stability in your lower back, and lower your straight legs down toward the mat as you inhale, do not touch your feet to the floor. Squeeze your buttocks tighter and exhale as you raise your straight legs toward the ceiling.

The drawing of this shows a person attached to the floor and their legs are pulling a spring
I am happy to send you a picture of this.

This book is loaded with photos making sure you understand how you should look and be moving. This book is loaded with information on the parts of the body you are working and where you should be feeling it on your body when doing each move.

I use the Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Workout Set (Basics Step-By-Step/20 Minute Workout/Accelerated Body Sculpting) and this book shows all of those exercises. So, for those days you don''t want to put the dvd on, it''s fun to have this book.

Besides being a terrific price on Amazon, I rec''d this quickly on Amazon and in excellent, like new condition.
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THIS WILL MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR MY DAUGHTER.
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2016
I got this as a gift for my daughter. She was involved in a terrible car accident about 3 years ago & has struggled with pain in her leg & arm. She mentioned that her therapist thought it might be a good idea for her to try Pilates to better heal her body so thats what... See more
I got this as a gift for my daughter. She was involved in a terrible car accident about 3 years ago & has struggled with pain in her leg & arm. She mentioned that her therapist thought it might be a good idea for her to try Pilates to better heal her body so thats what she''s going to try. I looked around for a good book that i felt would do her the most good & after reading tons of reviews I decided on this one by Brooke Siler. I checked on some reviews of her & they all seemed positive. I think My Daughter will really enjoy this one. I DID PURCHASE THIS BOOK AS A SLIGHTLY USED BOOK & IT IS IN GREAT CONDITION.

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This book literally changed my life!
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When I decided to lose some weight last year after the birth of my second son, I also decided I wanted to vary my work out and seek outside my usual cardio/weight training routine. I am not one for the class environment, but I had heard so much about Pilates that I thought... See more
When I decided to lose some weight last year after the birth of my second son, I also decided I wanted to vary my work out and seek outside my usual cardio/weight training routine. I am not one for the class environment, but I had heard so much about Pilates that I thought I would order a book and see what I could get out of it. Lucky for me, I bought Brooke Siler''s The Pilates Body just from searching Amazon; it has changed my life. I dedicated myself to working from the book daily to perfect the exercises and sequences and within just two months my body was clearly transformed. Now, ten months later, I am in the best shape of my life and I have found that I could give up weight training almost totally. My core is rock solid and my balance is better than it has been in my entire life. I am 38 years old and have never looked or felt better. Using Weight Watchers in addition to using this book (and doing regular cardio) I went from a size 12 to a size 4 and have maintained it.

This book worked miracles for me. I am toned from head to toe, have terrific balance, and have a solid core. All of this WITHOUT machines!! It is extremely user friendly and offers great sequences that you can (once you are comfortable) tailor to your own preferences. As far as I am concerned, you need look no further than Brooke Siler to accomplish an awesome body.

I would also recommend Hatha Yoga Illustrated (available through Amazon as well). Once I mastered The Pilates Body, I started adding a Yoga component, through this very user-friendly book, which has helped me with focus, breathing and (even further improved) balance. If you think you can''t better your body and your current workout without expensive trainers, classes and DVDs, guess again. If you work well on your own and are motivated to change your body (and your overall outlook), these books are inexpensive miracle workers. For real.
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Font discourages reading
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I’m disappointed about this book. It’s font printing quality is not acceptable. I read good reviews about content so I purchased it. Unfortunately I get discouraged to read it because the font is thin and light gray making it difficult to read. I wonder if I got a... See more
I’m disappointed about this book. It’s font printing quality is not acceptable. I read good reviews about content so I purchased it. Unfortunately I get discouraged to read it because the font is thin and light gray making it difficult to read. I wonder if I got a defective copy. I was also expecting color photos. I’m considering returning it. I gave three stars because of content.
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... the dvd however made an exception for this and glad i did - good clear explanations with progressive moves ...
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dont usually go for the books rater have the dvd however made an exception for this and glad i did - good clear explanations with progressive moves mapped out
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Valuable contribution to Pilates books, whether you are an instructor or a novice.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2015
As Pilates teacher I like this book for the out of the box little drawings and images, the teaching points, the extras. For a Pilates Novice it is an easy to follow manual.
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Give it a try
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2019
Good for the body and the mind.Excellent book with sections for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.
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Bought to help with back problem (Pilates recommended to me)
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Bought to help with back problem (Pilates recommended to me). Book has easy to follow instructions (note some of the movements NOT suitable for back problems, but it does tell you not to do these).
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