Pilates-Based Exercises for Lifetime Fitness

by JUDY BLOOMQUIST & DARLENE STOCKTON
1st edition, Aug. 2008, 122 pages, $21.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-464-8

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Pilates-Based Exercises for Lifeltime Fitness was written for Pilates mat classes offered in college activity classes.

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Exercise has come a long way in the 21st century. There are new innovative forms of exercise being discovered and invented to make the whole exercise process as simple as possible for people of all ages and fitness levels while attempting to reduce the risk for injury and impact to the body. Pilates is one of those forms of exercise. As college instructors the authors recognized the usefulness and positive aspects of incorporating this form of exercise into their college activity class offerings. However, when attempting to find a college textbook that teaches Pilates and its history to their students they were unable to find a match. They do not claim to be experts in this field but do have many hours of experience performing and teaching the exercises and have become very excited to pass on to others the knowledge and benefits to be gained from participating in Pilates.

Judy Bloomquist and Darlene Stockton both hold Masters Degrees in Kinesiology. They began working together in 2005 which inspired the creation of this book. Currently Darlene Stockton is teaching at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas and Judy Bloomquist is teaching at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas.

The goal of this book is to provide students with the information and instruction necessary for them to understand the importance of being fit and staying fit throughout life, long after their college experience is over.


CONTENTS

SECTION I —

  • Chapter   1: Introduction to Pilates — What is it and what are its benefits?
  • Chapter   2: The Creator Joseph Pilates

SECTION II —

  • Chapter   3: General Fitness — The Five Components of  Fitness, FITT
  • Chapter   4: The Six Principles of Pilates

SECTION III —

  • Chapter   5: Breathing and Warm-up
  • Chapter   6: Core Exercises
  • Chapter   7: Upper and Lower Body Exercises
  • Chapter   8: Stretches
  • Chapter   9: Pilates on the Ball — Warm-up, Arm, Leg, Gluteus, & Core Exercises
  • Chapter 10: Pilates Circuit Workouts — Regular Mat, Ball Pilates & Combination Circuits

SECTION IV—

  • Chapter 11: Nutrition and Weight Loss the Healthy Way — Six Essential Nutrients, Healthy Eating for Optimal Weight, Nutrition tips, Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) The Food Guide Pyramid
  • Chapter 12: Exercise Misconceptions

SECTION V —

  • Glossary of Terms

SECTION VI — Appendices

  • Appendix A: Health Form
  • Appendix B: Goal Inventory
  • Appendix C: Body Measurements
  • Appendix D: Target Heart Rate
  • Appendix E: 4-Day Nutrition Log
  • Appendix F: Muscle Diagrams
  • Appendix G: Mat Pilates Study Questions I
  • Appendix H: Mat Pilates Study Questions II

SECTION VI —

  • References