Pilates Anatomy

Pilates Anatomy

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Take a detailed look at your Pilates practice with the superbly illustrated exercises in Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition.

Choose from 46 exercises to target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. See which key muscles are activated, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, and movement are all fundamentally linked as you work to tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.

Use the Personalize Your Practice section for each exercise to vary your practice and customize your workouts to fit your needs. Here you’ll find modifications to make each exercise more accessible when there are limitations such as tight hamstrings or underdeveloped core strength. Variations provide variety, and progressions are offered to add more challenge to each exercise and serve as valuable stepping stones on your journey to more advanced Pilates exercise.

Also included are techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness, providing a unique exercise experience that enhances your body and your mind.

Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, Pilates Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you’ll refer to again and again.

CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition Online CE Exam, may be purchased separately or as part of the Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition With CE Exam, package that includes both the book and the exam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492592532
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: Anatomy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 318,357
File size: 63 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rael Isacowitz is a world-renowned practitioner and teacher of Pilates. With over four decades of Pilates practice and achievement, he is a prominent lecturer and teacher at symposia, universities, colleges, and studios around the globe. He received his bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials from Israel's prestigious Wingate Institute, where he subsequently joined the teaching faculty. He later earned a master’s degree in dance from the University of Surrey in England.

Isacowitz has mastered all levels of the Pilates repertoire and is noted in the industry for his unique athleticism; synthesis of body, mind, and spirit; and passion for teaching. In 1989, he founded Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates, which has developed into one of the foremost Pilates education organizations in the world. BASI Pilates is currently represented in more than 120 host locations spanning over 40 countries.

Isacowitz has authored the definitive book on Pilates (Pilates, Human Kinetics), published a series of workbooks on Pilates apparatus, produced DVDs, conceived designs of equipment manufactured by BASI Systems, and created the groundbreaking Pilates software BASI Interactive. He was a founding board member of the Pilates Method Alliance and is a regular contributor to several industry publications.

Karen Clippinger is a professor emerita at California State University–Long Beach, where she taught for 19 years. Her courses included functional anatomy for dance, body placement, and Pilates. She also taught anatomy and kinesiology courses at other prestigious universities such as UCLA and Scripps College, as well as Pilates teacher training programs for Body Arts and Science International (BASI).

Clippinger holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Washington. Before joining academia, she worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 20 years at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with a wide range of clients and consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, the U.S. race walking team, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Danish Wounded Warrior Project.

Clippinger is a highly respected international speaker who has given over 400 presentations, including at conferences for BASI Pilates, Balanced Body, Pilates Alliance of Australasia, and Pilates Method Alliance. Clippinger was an exercise columnist for Shape magazine for four years and has authored numerous other articles, several book chapters, and the textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology.

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Six Key Principles of Pilates
Chapter 2. Spine, Core, and Body Alignment
Chapter 3. Muscles, Movement Analysis, and Mat Work
Chapter 4. Foundation for a Mat Session
Chapter 5. Abdominal Work for Movement and Stabilization
Chapter 6. Fine Articulation for a Flexible Spine
Chapter 7. Bridging for a Functional Spine
Chapter 8. Side Exercises for an Effective Core
Chapter 9. Extension Exercises for a Strong Back
Chapter 10. Customizing Your Pilates Program

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Karen and Rael are two of the most respected names in the Pilates field, and Pilates Anatomy brings together their clarity and passion. This book is at the top of my list." —Nora St. John, Education Program Director, Balanced Body University

"There is a wealth of information in Pilates Anatomy. The Pilates world is fortunate to have this resource." —Peter Davis, Cofounder of IDEA Health and Fitness Association and Inner IDEA

“Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger is an exceptionally well-mapped journey into the muscular anatomy and kinesiology of Pilates exercises. A must-have anatomy book for any serious student of Pilates, Pilates Anatomy will surely appeal to anyone interested in how muscle groups work together in exercise.” —Marguerite Ogle, About.com/Pilates

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Pilates Anatomy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kssunflowerOP More than 1 year ago
Pilates has splintered into many "schools or approaches," much like yoga, leaving some of us confused as to which version is closest to the original. This book is as close to the original as is possible, so you can relax in the knowledge that reading it will give you an in-depth understanding of the original intent. That understanding will serve you well regardless which variation of the technique you later wish to pursue or, if you are already immersed in a variation, you will gain a deeper understanding of how your program may vary and why. It's no surprise that this is a beautifully illustrated and well-written guide to how Pilates affects our musculature considering that one of the authors, Rael Isacowitz, has studied for three decades with the first-generation of students who had been directly taught by Joseph and Claire Pilates. Furthermore, this text has been based on one of two books written by Joseph Pilates himself, Return to Life Through Contrology. This direct-lineage is important if you value authenticity. Pilates is wildly popular because it works. Getting information from the source is crucial to understanding how and why it works and making it work more effectively. Students of Reiki know that their teachers will authenticate how many "removes" they are from the originator of the techniques. Knowing you are getting information and counsel from someone who is only "two removes" from Pilates himself is important in the same way. The other author, Karen Clippinger, brings over three decades of experience in teaching anatomy, devoting more than half of that time to bringing Pilates into academic and rehabilitation centers. That these two incredibly experienced and talented people would come together to develop this book is a blessing to teachers and students of Pilates because it does not exclude any varying interpretation of Pilates; it provides a foundation for and an enhancement of each. If you don't include an understanding of anatomy in your teaching or practice of Pilates, you undermine its effectiveness. With a solid appreciation of how each movement utilizes and affects specific muscle groups, you can maximize your practice and minimize injuries. This book allows you to see those groups and that helps you visualize your movements in a way that mere words cannot achieve. What I found particularly useful was understanding the six key principles: breathing, concentrating, centering, controlling, being precise, and flowing from one movement into another. After all, Pilates called his system contrology so knowing how to control or make the connection between your mind and body is essential. Be sure to read the discussion on the Science of Breathing because, unless you breath properly, you are essentially wasting your time in any exercise. You need to oxygenate your muscles to allow them to perform well, and proper breathing will make you feel as healthier and exercise more effectively. Students of yoga and meditation already know how important disciplined breath is and will appreciate the emphasis and explanations in this book. As I age, I find it increasing difficult to maintain a youthful posture. I slump and sag with stress and fatigue and long for more upright posture and smoother, more graceful carriage. Iscaowitz and Clippinger cannot guarantee that I get back to that state, but their discussion of what proper alignment of the spine and the function of core muscles surely puts me firmly on the
NaomiRayman More than 1 year ago
Here is a book that makes sense in both its useful layout and excellent visuals. As a Pilates instructor, I am always on the hunt for books that I can use as a resource and that can double as a teaching tool when shared with my students. Pull out this book anytime you want to gain information about form, synergistic muscle relationships while performing the exercises, as well as the ever helpful Technique Cues and Exercise Notes that help to flesh out each exercise. The very helpful Exercise Finder at the back of the book enhance this user-friendly book by Karen Clippinger and Rael Isacowitz. What this book offers that so many others omit, is this: Clear labels on each diagram...and fabulous illustrations.
ocho60 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of an attempt to have a Pilates version of The Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter. Operating under layman's interest (vs any sort of expertise) in human anatomy and Pilates, I found the book to be potentially advantageous as a reference for instructors who have some level of serious study in both anatomy and Pilates. While the graphics and muscle nomenclature was quite dense, I found there was opportunity to integrate into each exercise section both 'good' and 'bad' tendencies of those who practice Pilates - and practical advice on what to avoid and why.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pilates Anatomy offers a basic Pilates course covering the six key principles of Pilates, all of the core exercises, and guidance for creating Pilates routines. Pilates Anatomy is nearly identical in these outlines to the countless other comprehensive Pilates guides that are currently in print. Where this book stands unique is through its amazingly detailed illustrations showing the specific muscle groups and skeletal structures that are involved in each exercise. Pilates Anatomy is a good, thorough guide for the amateur or serious student of any Pilates or physical therapy program.
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pilates Anatomy is an in-depth look at the physical and mental aspects of a system that is more than just exercise. The authors identify the principals that are key to understanding and successfully performing Pilate movements and discuss each with intricate attention to detail (including anatomical drawings of muscle and bone positions and movements) in such a thorough way. This fact alone may put off people interested in Pilates as the book, at times, was very medical in its approach. I liked the detail myself, but I'm not sure someone new to the principal would really take the time to read those areas, skipping straight to the featured movements.The book also has a section to customize our own programs, from the fundamentals through advanced movement and I found the exercise finder in the back of the book for quick reference a nice touch.The authors have also included sections discussing modification of movements for positions that a person may find awkward or difficult, variations of moves, exercise notes and technique cues which are easy to understand and helpful. And, after focusing on the muscles in their drawings, I came to pay close attention to the targeted muscle overview after each Pilates movement. Overall, I would recommend this book especially to beginners who need to understand the basic principals and how a body is put together to move with optimum strength, skill and grace.
Ferdaszewski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great reference book with detailed illustrations. This book is similar to [Yoga Anatomy] published by the same company. Both books do a great job of explaining the basics and giving step-by-step instructions for the movements. The anatomical illustrations really help you understand what is happening.
Clara53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pilates Anatomy by R. Isacowitz and K. Clippinger fascinated me with its detailed description of Pilates exercises and postures. For some people, the medical terms of all the muscles involved in an exercise and so visually available might be reminiscent of a medical textbook, but I find it very interesting and helpful. In fact, thanks to this adherence to detail I discovered some deviations from the perfect postures in my own routine, and thus corrected them. I also liked the fact that breathing is given proper attention. A good book altogether.
kssunflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pilates has splintered into many ¿schools or approaches,¿ much like yoga, leaving some of us confused as to which version is closest to the original. This book is as close to the original as is possible, so you can relax in the knowledge that reading it will give you an in-depth understanding of the original intent. That understanding will serve you well regardless which variation of the technique you later wish to pursue or, if you are already immersed in a variation, you will gain a deeper understanding of how your program may vary and why.It's no surprise that this is a beautifully illustrated and well-written guide to how Pilates affects our musculature considering that one of the authors, Rael Isacowitz, has studied for three decades with the first-generation of students who had been directly taught by Joseph and Claire Pilates. Furthermore, this text has been based on one of two books written by Joseph Pilates himself, Return to Life Through Contrology. This direct-lineage is important if you value authenticity. Pilates is wildly popular because it works. Getting information from the source is crucial to understanding how and why it works and making it work more effectively. Students of Reiki know that their teachers will authenticate how many ¿removes¿ they are from the originator of the techniques. Knowing you are getting information and counsel from someone who is only ¿two removes¿ from Pilates himself is important in the same way.The other author, Karen Clippinger, brings over three decades of experience in teaching anatomy, devoting more than half of that time to bringing Pilates into academic and rehabilitation centers. That these two incredibly experienced and talented people would come together to develop this book is a blessing to teachers and students of Pilates because it does not exclude any varying interpretation of Pilates; it provides a foundation for and an enhancement of each.If you don't include an understanding of anatomy in your teaching or practice of Pilates, you undermine its effectiveness. With a solid appreciation of how each movement utilizes and affects specific muscle groups, you can maximize your practice and minimize injuries. This book allows you to see those groups and that helps you visualize your movements in a way that mere words cannot achieve.What I found particularly useful was understanding the six key principles: breathing, concentrating, centering, controlling, being precise, and flowing from one movement into another. After all, Pilates called his system contrology so knowing how to control or make the connection between your mind and body is essential.Be sure to read the discussion on the Science of Breathing because, unless you breath properly, you are essentially wasting your time in any exercise. You need to oxygenate your muscles to allow them to perform well, and proper breathing will make you feel as healthier and exercise more effectively. Students of yoga and meditation already know how important disciplined breath is and will appreciate the emphasis and explanations in this book.As I age, I find it increasing difficult to maintain a youthful posture. I slump and sag with stress and fatigue and long for more upright posture and smoother, more graceful carriage. Iscaowitz and Clippinger cannot guarantee that I get back to that state, but their discussion of what proper alignment of the spine and the function of core muscles surely puts me firmly on the path back to a healthier and happier state of being.Make no mistake, this is a book for mat work. I own a Pilates machine, but this book is going to have me back on the floor as well. You will see exactly how you should place and align your body. They tell you how to execute each movement, which muscles are directly affected and which muscles offer secondary support to the movement. There are lists of clues to making each movement more effective as well as suggestions for modifications and variations. I enjoyed the Exerc
MelindaLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book offers an anatomy lesson in great detail - so much so, I wondered if this was a book for someone studying medicine. Lots of detail and technical terms, along with diagrams are a little overwhelming, though the info is presented in a way that the average reader will understand it and why the info is needed to understand the Pilates anatomy. Each exercise is explained in detail, offering an advanced option and a modified option. I found this part of the book (the bulk of of it) incredibly helpful. The directions along with pictures helped me to understand the principles of the exercise as well as how it should look and feel. This book was so helpful, I am going to order another in their series, Yoga Anatomy. Definitely recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great advice and illustrations!