Pilates Body Power: Reshape Your Body, Transform Your Life

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Do you dream of a flat stomach, a longer, leaner body and superb posture? If so, then you can use Pilates to reshape your body and transform your life.

Body Power is an exercise system based on the Pilates method, traditionally used by ballet dancers and models, that is designed to make your body longer, leaner and stronger. The soft exercises combine low-impact but high-energy movements with realignment of posture to build your flexibility, stamina and strength. Designed to work for all ages and at all levels of fitness, the short Pilates exercises will soon leave you energized and exuding total confidence and grace.

Lesley Ackland has designed a Pilates session to fit every part of your day and to tone every part of your body. With exercises from the Morning Maintenance for Bad Backs to the Pre-date Tummy Tightener, in just 15 minutes a day you too can have the lithe and beautiful body of a dancer.

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‘The results: smoother, firmer, thinner anything. Whatever part of your body you want to work on, it can change its shape.’
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Do you dream of having a slim, lithe body like a dancer? It’s time you learned their fitness secret.’
MARIE CLAIRE, Health and Beauty

‘Rediscover streamlined thighs and firm arms, banish saggy buttocks and flabby bellies…’
THE DAILY MAIL

‘The aim is not to over-develop already strong muscles, but to strengthen weaker ones – producing a long, lean body with a solid centre. Posture, breathing and concentration are vital – there’s none of the sweaty grunt’n’grind of the weight rooms’
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In the 1980s, when exercise, body conditioning and aerobics were becoming popular, I realized that I didnít have an interest in my life outside my work as a teacher. So I decided to attend fitness classes in the old dance centre in Covent Garden, and found that I enjoyed them. Eventually I began to do teacher training in body conditioning. Around this time the first Pilates studio opened in the Pineapple Dance Studio and I went to classes out of curiosity. Very quickly I realized that Pilates was the broadest exercise programme I had encountered; first, because it involved so many different complementary exercise techniques and, second, because its original basis in injury rehabilitation provided an intellectual basis behind the technique.

The system had been developed in the mid-1900s by German-born Joseph Pilates. Interned in Britain during the First World War, he devised a series of pulleys and weights to help rehabilitate injured soldiers. Using his exercise system, even hospitalised soldiers were able to prevent muscle wasting in healthy parts of their bodies. Back in Germany, the dancer and choreographer Rudolph van Laban incorporated Pilatesí techniques of stretching and warm up into his own dance method. In the 1920s, Joseph Pilates went to New York, set up a clinic and was soon helping injured ballet dancers. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to individualize exercise programmes, enabling dancers to work through their injuries, as well as increasing their stamina and strengthening their bodies.

Pilates is a preventative exercise system. By correcting bad posture, it prevents injuries from developing later on in life. The best therapy for dancers, it soon became a favourite of Hollywood starlets, and over the past decade, a younger generation of celebrities, from Madonna to Uma Thurman, is starting to take advantage of its streamlining and realignment techniques.

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