Pilates for Beginners: Core Pilates Exercises and Easy Sequences to Practice at Home

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“Stemming from their decades of extensive professional experience, Katherine and Kimberly have thoughtfully created a truly unparalleled guide to Pilates that is easy-to-follow and full of valuable information. If you are looking to start your own personal Pilates practice, this is the trusted resource to ensure safe, effective and enjoyable mindful movement experiences.”–Jessica Matthews, DBH, E-RYT500, award-winning fitness instructor and author of Stretching to Stay Young: Simple Workouts to Keep You Flexible, Energized, and Pain-Free

“As a doctor, I feel that so much pain and disability could be improved or prevented altogether if more people developed a strong core and flexibility. But many people feel that Pilates is outside of their reach because they associate it with expensive studios and complex equipment. Pilates for Beginners is the do-anywhere, for-anyone Pilates instruction book. It breaks down each exercise in a way that is easy to follow and lets you move at your own pace. I know that so many people will benefit from this book coming into the world, and I encourage you to use it as a stepping stone to better health.”–Jennifer Lang, M.D., author of The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start

About the Author

KATHERINE AND KIMBERLY CORP opened Pilates on Fifth in New York City 18 years ago after their practice of Pilates helped them transition from careers with the Radio City Rockettes. Passionate about helping people reap the many benefits of Pilates, the pair also formed the Pilates Academy International, a Pilates teacher training program that now offers training at 45 satellite centers worldwide. They hold personal training certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA-CPT). To their great pleasure, Kimberly and Katherine still perform eye-high kicks with groups of former Rockettes, the Legacy Dancers and the Rockette Alumnae Dancers.

Pilates for Beginners is the new kick-start guide for building an at-home Pilates practice with step-by-step guidance and easy sequences.No matter your fitness level-whether you’re in great shape or have never set foot in a gym-learning to do Pilates means going back to the basics. Teaching you core Pilates exercises and easy sequences, Pilates for Beginners is the ultimate starter guide to confidently practice Pilates at home.From your first time on the mat to finishing a complete sequence, Pilates for Beginners develops your Pilates regimen with a progressive, easy-to-follow program. Complete with clear instructions, photographs, and tips to do the exercises right, Pilates for Beginners is your go-to reference to keep your body supple and mobile, and add more life to your years.Pilates for Beginners gives you the information and guidance you need to make Pilates part of your daily routine with: Pilates 101 that explains the philosophy and guiding principles of Pilates-Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow-to incorporate into workouts.50 easy-to-follow exercises that include warm-ups, cool downs, and bonus strengthening exercises, with photographs, checklists, and tips to help guide you. Progressive sequences that lay a strong foundation for body awareness in the introductory program, and builds strength, spinal mobility, flexibility, and control from Level 1 to Level 2. Pilates is a source of lifelong energy, strength, and flexibility for both your mind and body. Start building your practice and feel the difference with step-by-step guidance and exercises from Pilates for Beginners.