An encyclopaedic and authoritative return to Pilates' classical matwork programme Following the comprehensive style of 2000's bestselling Official Body Control Pilates Manual (which has sold 150,000 copies in the UK alone), this dynamic programme for the intermediate and advanced Pilates devotee heralds a return to Joseph Pilates' classical matwork (which was originally devised for fitter-than-average people, eg. dancers and athletes). The 34 exercises are physically demanding but presented as ever in layman's language, with watchpoints, warnings and detailed advice on the timing of the breath, so crucial to the core stability that Pilates is famed for building. Preparation exercises ensure that you are ready to tackle the full action. There are also exercises involving easily available equipment such as gym balls (excellent tools for tracking your alignment), and toning circles (great for resistance work). The exercises culminate in fluent workout programmes to maintain and challenge your level of fitness.
Author Miranda Bass was a professional dancer when she commenced Pilates training to rehabilitate a chronic back injury. She has taught for over 12 years, at several leading studios. Editor Lynne Robinson is a co-Director of the Body Control Pilates Association, and has sold over 1.25 million copies of her previous thirteen books and six Telstar/Firefly videos. Consultant Gordon Thomson runs the original Body Control Pilates Studio in South Kensington, and is co-author of a number of Body Control Pilates titles.