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Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge

Author: Siler B
Category: Health/Fitness
Audience: Consumer
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
  Year Published: 2006
List Price: $17.95® Rating: Good

Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge explains and illustrates a general exercise and fitness program.

• Recommended for:  consumers of all fitness levels.


Brooke Siler is the owner of re:AB®, a Pilates studio in Manhattan.  She was schooled in the concept of Pilates exercise by one of Joseph Pilates proteges.


The 224-page book is organized as follows:

  • The Man, The Method, The Movement
  • Your Amazing Body:  The Owner's Manual
  • Applying the Pilates Principles to Special Situations
  • The Pilates-Conscious Cardio Circuit
  • At Home
  • On The Mat
  • The Invisible Workout
  • Pilates for the Sports-Minded


I like this book, however, curiously, of the hundreds of black and white photos of models performing exercises, only one includes an actual Pilates machine (aka "Reformer").  There are photos of models exercising on rowing machines, stationary bikes, eliptical machines, treadmills, and stair-steppers, but demonstrations using Pilates equipment are noticeably absent.

So, if you buy this book, expect to get a resource that demonstrates a variety of exercises that would provide total-body fitness.  It is simply packed with photos and dozens and dozens of specific exercises.

Reviewed by: Stan Reents, PharmD 6/2/2014 4:27:19 PM

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