Collins Need to Know? is a series of illustrated reference books covering a wide range of popular subjects and activities. Attractively illustrated in colour throughout, these handy, practical books give you all the information you need to know in a concise and accessible way. Thinking about taking up Pilates but don't know where to start? Need to know about the best techniques? Want to know how to devise your own balanced, accessible programmes and gain the maximum benefits from Pilates? Collins Need to Know? Pilates is a one-stop guide to all the know-how and inspiration you need. Full of easy-to-follow expert advice, this introductory handbook uses clear step-by-step photography to show you how to master the techniques in order to: * stretch your muscles and develop a long, lean physique; * improve your flexibility, breathing, posture and alignment; * strengthen your abdominals; and * focus your mind. Don't wait any longer -- get Need to Know? and get a healthy and flexible body! 1. Introduction 2. History of Pilates 3. Physiology 4. Principles of Pilates 5. Pilates for you 6. Preparation 7. Warming up 8. Standing exercises 9. Lying-down exercises 10.
Exercises lying on front 11. Sitting/kneeling exercises 12. Using a Swiss exercise ball 13. Other common equipment 14. Practising Pilates 15. Pilates for a healthy body 16. Suggested routines Glossary of terms Useful addresses/websites Indexshow more