The Pilates Reformer: Part I – The Traditional Exercises

by Reiner Grootenhuis

A unique and detailed description of more than 100 original Joseph Pilates Reformer Exercises including many large photos.

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A unique and detailed description of more than 100 original Joseph Pilates Reformer Exercises including many large photos. Have you ever wondered why the Reformer is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular Pilates apparatus? Wished you had a well-structured overview of almost all exercises? Wanted to add more variations to your Reformer repertoire? Then this two-piece book is exactly for you! While both parts are designed as training manuals for Pilates instructors and fans, “The Pilates Reformer – Part 1” focuses on Joseph Pilates’ nearly 100 traditional Reformer exercises. “The Reformer – Part 2 ” then adds the modern exercise supplements as well as the exercises with the jumpboard. (Part 2 is so far available in German. An updated English version will be available in the second half of 2021) Here is what you will find in Part 1 in more detail: Following an introduction to the history of the Reformer, the various components of the Reformer are described, alongside a number of important issues to keep in mind when using a Reformer. Furthermore, the manual provides a recommended exercise sequence for each of the four different levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Super Advanced. In the main section of the book, large-format, color images are used to illustrate each of the 100+ exercises. For each exercise, the exact setup, the related goals, and a step-by-step description of its execution are presented. In addition, common mistakes, possible modifications or variations, and contraindications and risks are outlined. As a special feature, the original names used by Joseph Pilates are mentioned alongside the frequently-used names for the first time in Pilates literature. These Reformer exercises represent Joseph Pilates’ legacy for a full-body workout.

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