Ageless Pilates: The Secret to Moving Comfortably, Easily and Pain-Free for the Rest of Your Life (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/2/28
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Master Pilates trainer Christine Binnendyk shows over-40-year-olds how to slow down the aging process - and jettison pain patterns - with this safe, simplified, and fully illustrated approach to Pilates. In just 15 minutes a day, with no equipment at all, the Ageless Pilates system retrains the body past pain and discomfort, regardless of age or current condition. Binnendyk has revolutionized the practice of Pilates with an easy-to-learn ABC system that creates youthful energy and mobility starting with the very first lesson. The ABCs - Anchor Points, Body Geometry and Comfort Choices - quickly become intuitive, allowing the system to carry from the exercise mat into everyday life. Anchor Points provide stability and safety for every position and movement. Body Geometry creates an efficient structure that works just the right amount to get results, but not so much that it causes undue wear and tear. Comfort Options offer the flexibility to fine tune every exercise based on how the body feels right in this moment. When combined, these concepts transform body mechanics and movement patterns creating a body that is strong and limber, comfortable and pain-free. Bodies of all ages respond with new comfortable posture, loose and easy movement patterns, and a renewed sense of energy. Each of the 23 Lessons features options that make the exercises accessible to all levels, increasing confidence, strength and flexibility. Master these in 15-minutes a day, then move on to the 18 Workouts for ongoing practice and continued improvement. Whether you're simply looking for a sleek, ageless body, or you're working with an ailment like low-back pain, arthritis, low bone density or diminished mobility, you'll find lessons and workouts designed specifically for you.
Christine Binnendyk has helped thousands -- from professional athletes to hip-replacement patients -- regain their ease of movement using the Ageless Pilates System. Personally certified by Joseph Pilates' protege, Romana Kryzanowska, she has taught at health and wellness centers across the United States. She is a master trainer at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, OR."
Ageless Pilates teaches you how to adjust every movement so that you can accomplish it and master it to the level that's appropriate for you. Ahhhh, success for every person, nice! Christine also explains the 'why' behind the movement patterns so that you can make intelligent choices.
The other books are fun to look at; this one will improve the way you move.
Semicolons are used instead of colons. On page 64, a sentence is left incomplete: "Body Geometry Boost: Try keeping your Anchor Leg Ex-"
On page 39, "Pelvic Clock" is described without indicating in what way this is a "clock"--i.e., the instructions do not explicitly say that the person should rotate the pelvis in a circle, as if rolling around the numbers of a clock. Nothing is said about rotating.
At the least, the author should get an editor for any further editions.
Binnendyk's focus in her Ageless Pilates System is always movement without pain, and she tries in this book to break down the complexities of Pilates exercise into bite size pieces for people to more easily digest. The book is divided into 15 minute movement lessons and then more complex 30 minute Pilates-based workouts. She also offers modifications for those with back pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
While Binnendyk clearly knows her stuff, the book's layout is so crowded that I found it hard to follow what to do. There are a lot of photos where the models are wearing all black so it is difficult to see body position, along with explanations, watchpoints, and do's and don'ts. The main organizational principle seems to be the ABCs -- Anchor Points (which main areas to focus on), Body Geometry Tips (specific biomechanics to focus on), and Comfort Options (tips on how to stay pain free in a given exercise).
But there is almost too much information here, especially for newbies to Pilates. Something I find important in my teaching is keeping it simple by just explaining exactly what to do and why it's important. Short clear explanations of movements work well for most people. Too much and they tune out or get bored. And while there are some nice basic exercises in here, there are very few recognizable historical Pilates mat exercises and a whole lot of what we call pre-Pilates, or smaller movements. While that is not a huge issue for me, there are many Pilates teachers and students who might question the title.
Ageless Pilates could use some editing to make the explanations easier to follow and would definitely benefit from a cleaner layout and better photos. Still, when all is said and done it offers a good solid introduction to Pilates-based exercise for the general public.