Features a 45-minute DVD and the bestselling book Pilates on the Ball- Includes a visual demonstration of selected exercises from the Pilates ball workout described in detail in the accompanying book In her bestselling book Pilates on the Ball, certified Pilates trainer Colleen Craig combines the effectiveness of the Pilates workout with the unique capabilities of the Swiss exercise ball, providing an innovative and low-impact way to stay fit. Now she offers a DVD in which numerous exercises from the book are demonstrated, accompanied by Craig's vocal coaching that explains each step of the exercises. While the book Pilates on the Ball contains over 160 photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, many users prefer to see the exercises demonstrated live in real time. The accompanying DVD allows readers to see exactly how to position the body throughout each phase of the exercise and also to see what pitfalls can occur and how to easily prevent them. Most important of all, the DVD allows the user to follow along as if in a class setting. The Pilates on the Ball book and DVD workout shows users of all levels of fitness how to maximize the use of the ball in order to increase athletic performance, build long lean muscles, and tone the abdominal core. The DVD allows readers to take the exercises to new levels of understanding and effectiveness as they put the exercises contained in the book into practice.
The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.
The Fitness Instructor's Handbook meets the needs of the wide audience of fitness professionals, aspiring trainers and individuals with a keen interest in fitness and sport. Morc Coulson discovered the sparsity of comprehensive references promoting industry professionalism. They had little practical information on designing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise programs for clients.
This second edition is updated and revised to address the needs of the "special populations" that trainers are seeing in greater numbers. This group includes children, older adults, those recovering from a stroke or heart attack, and sedentary, overweight, obese, pregnant or handicapped clients. There is also new information on diet and nutrition as well as safety and injury prevention, customer service, client screening, program design and exercise evaluation. All the references and recommended readings have been updated.
The book is presented in two parts:
- Part One, "Theoretical Knowledge for Health and Fitness" examines the Skeletal System, Joints, the Muscular System; Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons; the Nervous and Endocrine Systems, the body's Energy Systems, the Heart and Circulatory Systems, the Respiratory System, Core Stability, and the Components and Principles of Fitness.
- Part Two, "Practical Application of Health and Fitness" covers Screening for Exercise and Safety Issues, Behavioral Change and Goal Setting, the Components and Induction of an Exercise Session, and Monitoring Exercise Intensity (exercise, cardiovascular and resistance) along with program designs for Free-weight and Resistance Machine Exercises.
Addressing the requirements common to most fitness professional certifications in the U.S. and Canada, The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is filled with case studies, checklists, need-to-know reminders, mini tests and sample programs. Tables and anatomy drawings support the authoritative text. All in all this book is an ideal reference for both new and established instructors as well as individuals in search of a sound, structured fitness program for personal use.
Using yoga to manage the challenges of cancer and its treatment- Explains how to create a safe home yoga practice that addresses the specific physical needs, risks, and emotions of cancer patients and survivors - Includes 53 yoga poses and 9 practice sequences that use movement and breathing to reduce and manage treatment side effects - Reveals how current research supports the physical and psychological benefits of yoga to aid recovery and reduce risk of recurrence - Written by a cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher For those faced with a cancer diagnosis and the journey of doctor-led surgery and treatments, yoga offers a way to regain control of your body and take an active part in your recovery and long-term health. In this easy-to-follow illustrated guide, yoga teacher and cancer survivor Tari Prinster presents 53 traditional yoga poses that are adapted for all levels of ability and cancer challenges. She then applies the movements and breathwork of these poses to address 10 common side effects and offers 9 practice sequences for varying stages of treatment and recovery. Sharing her own story as well as those of cancer survivors and yoga teachers with whom she has worked, Prinster explores how yoga can be used to strengthen the immune system, rebuild bone density, avoid and manage lymphedema, decrease anxiety, detoxify the body, reduce pain, and help the body repair damage caused by the cancer and conventional treatments. She reveals the research that supports the physical and psychological benefits of yoga as an aid to recovery and in reducing the risk of recurrence. Explaining how yoga must be tailored to each survivor, Prinster gives you the tools to create a safe home yoga practice, one that addresses your abilities, energy level, and overall health goals. Through personal stories, well-illustrated poses, and sample practices for beginners as well as experienced yoga practitioners, Prinster empowers survivors to create their own wellness plan in order to regain their independence and their physical and emotional well-being.
Have you ever wondered what keeps Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court's favorite octogenarians, so sprightly? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she's called "the most important person" in her life. Now you too can work out with Justice Ginsburg's trainer in the comfort of your home with The RBG Workout. From planks to squats to (full) push-ups, this simple but challenging workout--illustrated with four-color illustrations of the justice in workout gear--will have you getting fit in no time. With tips from the bench, and sidebars with Bryant's folksy wisdom on getting fit and staying healthy, this delightful book is a perfect gift for anyone looking to emulate one of America's most admired women.
The definitive exercise book that the one-million-plus readers of the Younger Next Year(R) series have been waiting for-and the exercise book that takes the intimidation out of starting a workout routine. Based on the science that shows how we can turn back our biological clocks by a combination of aerobics and strength fitness, it's a guide that will show every reader how to live with newfound vibrancy, strength, endurance, confidence, and joy-and it goes deep enough to be your exercise companion for life, even if you eventually take it to Masters levels.Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program combines the best information from the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year with the cutting-edge knowledge and workouts from Thinner This Year. Here is the revolutionary 10-minute warm-up (critical for maintaining ankle, shoulder, and hip mobility). The five amazing things aerobic exercise will do for your body, and finding the method that works for you. How to get fit better and quicker with intervals. The importance of "whole-body" strength training and "rebooting the core." Plus, the Twenty-Five Sacred Exercises that will be the foundation for your strength-training routine for life.
THE KEY TO A BETTER BODY--in shape, energized, and youthful--is a healthy brain.With fifteen practical, easy-to-implement solutions involving nutritious foods, natural supplements and vitamins, positive-thinking habits, and, when necessary, highly targeted medications, Dr. Amen shows you how to: * Reach and maintain your ideal weight
* Soothe and smooth your skin at any age
* Reduce the stress that can impair your immune system
* Sharpen your memory
* Increase willpower and eliminate the cravings that keep you from achieving your exercise and diet goals
* Enhance sexual desire and performance
* Lower your blood pressure without medication
* Avoid depression and elevate the enjoyment you take in life's pleasures. Based on the latest medical research, as well as on Dr. Amen's two decades of clinical practice at the renowned Amen Clinics, where Dr. Amen and his associates pioneered the use of the most advanced brain imaging technology, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body shows you how to take the very best care of your brain. Whether you're just coming to realize that it's time to get your body into shape, or are already fit and want to take it to the next level, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is all you need to start putting the power of the brain-body connection to work for you today.
A user-friendly guide that teaches you the origins and philosophy of the Pilates method and helps you set realistic fitness goals and custom tailor a program
Once the secret fitness weapon of professional dancers, athletes, and movie stars, Pilates is sweeping the country and becoming more popular than ever. If half of what its many fans claim is true, then it's easy to see why. Combining elements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and boxing, along with many original movements, Pilates exercises build muscle tone, improve flexibility and balance, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, and repair past injuries. Most people who've done it, even for a short time, say they feel stronger and more energized, centered, and physically confident than ever before. They also like having the flat tummies, tight buns, and long lean thighs of a dancer.
Pilates For Dummies is your gentle introduction to the Pilates method without the high cost of private instruction. Packed with easy-to-follow exercises an plenty of photos, it helps you develop your own Pilates fitness program to do at home or in the gym and how to use eight basic Pilates principles to get the most out of your mat-based routines. With this practical guide by your side, you can:
- Look and feel better than ever
- Get stronger, more flexible, in control, and less prone to injury
- Target and tone problem areas
- Tone and strengthen your abs, buns, thighs, and arms
- Repair chronic stress and sports injuries
Whether you're just starting out with Pilates or know a few exercises and want to learn more, the book covers:
- Basic, intermediate, and advanced mat exercises
- How to use Pilates exercise equipment and accessories
- How to target specific areas of your body including the stomach, back, thighs, and chest
- Pilates for the pregnant and recently pregnant body
- How Pilates can help heal injuries and reform your posture
- The fun of combining Pilates with other forms of exercise, including yoga, swimming, aerobics, and more
Additionally, you'll learn simple ways to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life, changes you can expect to see from practicing Pilates, and questions to ask if you decide to join a Pilates studio or hire a Pilates instructor. Get your copy of Pilates For Dummies to start designing a Pilates fitness program just for you.
The Alexander Technique, a revolutionary method of bodywork pioneered by the late F.M. Alexander, provides the key to successful body dynamics. Now, in this updated and revised edition, Wilfred Barlow's classic guide to Alexander's work explores every phase of the technique.Today, the Alexander Technique has a world-wide following and is respected as a major contribution to the fields of medicine, education, and psychiatry. Barlow, the foremost exponent and teacher of Alexander's work, explains how your mental, physical, and sexual well-being are affected by the way you use--or misuse--your body. He shows you how to reduce mental stress and muscular tension by becoming more aware of balance, posture, and movement in everyday activities.
Statins are the so-called "wonder drugs" widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels that claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Many experts claim that they are completely safe and that they are also capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions. This groundbreaking study exposes the truth behind the hype surrounding statins and reveals a number of crucial facts, including that high cholesterol levels do not cause heart disease; that high-fat diets--saturated or otherwise--do not affect blood cholesterol levels; and that for most men and all women the benefits offered by statins are negligible at best. Other data is also provided that shows that statins have many more side affects than is often acknowledged. This hard-hitting survey also points a finger at the powerful pharmaceutical industry and an unquestioning medical profession as perpetrators of the largely facetious concepts of "good" and "bad" cholesterol that are designed to convince millions of people to spend billions on statins. With clarity and wit, this appeal to common sense and scientific fact debunks common assumptions on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and diet, as well as the idea that there is a miracle cure for heart disease.
"At last Jade and Keoni not only blast the myth of aerobic exercise for fat loss but give you the science to understand the right way to eat and exercise to turn your body into a fat burning machine." -- J. J. Virgin, nutritionist to Dr. Phil and author of The Art of Losing It
The Metabolic Effect Diet is the revolutionary fitness program that enables you to build muscle and lose weight by working out less . Now you can eat more, work out less, and actually lose weight while you rest.
Holistic physicians, biochemists, and personal trainers Jade Teta and Keoni Teta have created a diet and exercise program that jump-starts your stalled metabolism:
- Create a personalized diet plan that supports your best hormonal balance and turns you into a fat burner.
- Fight hunger and cravings with five to six meals a day and a Reward Meal each week.
- Perform rest-based weight-training exercises (hybrids) requiring only a pair of light weights and three thirty-minute sessions per week--and burn fat even while you rest
Stop counting calories and start losing weight now. More than ten thousand people have learned to lose weight smarter by not working harder with The Metabolic Effect Diet, and now you can too.