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Subject: Pilates suggestion?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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There are so many to choose from!  I'm interested in trying pilates, and need help picking a good book!



Date Posted: 6/7/2009 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 12/29/2008
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Pilates is wonderful!  I'd suggest taking a class if possible, even if just as a one time trial, or getting a video/CD to be sure that you learn important details on posture in different positions, etc.  You can really hurt yourself if you execute a move in the wrong position. 

The classes I attended used stability balls, exercise bands, etc., but I've never worked on the machines.  The classes were great, and you'll see a difference in yourself with just a few days of work. 

Enjoy ~

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:10 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
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I agree with Donna! I tried Pilates using a DVD in my basement, and I'm hooked...but, Pilates is all about correct form producing optimum results, so you do want to learn it correctly.  Anything by Stott, Winsor or Gaiam will give you the right foundation--the original method was devised by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's and a number of his actual students have taught today's crop of popular instructors--do a google search and you'll quickly see who they are. I like Ana Caban and Moira Merrithew.