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About Ellie Herman
Based in the Bay Area for more than twenty years, Ellie founded Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco (1992), Oakland (2000) and then relocated to New York, and opened her third studio in Brooklyn (2005). While overseeing these three studios, Ellie trained hundreds of Pilates Instructors, many of whom have gone on to open their own studios.
Ellie invented a piece of Pilates equipment called The Pilates Springboard, an inexpensive and space saving version of the Cadillac, manufactured and distributed by Balanced Body, Inc.
Ellie developed Walk-ilates, a system that uses Pilates-based exercises to correct faulty alignment and gait patterns.
Ellie has an MS in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
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Pilates For Dummies lets you get on board with the Pilates method , without the high cost of private instruction. Packed with step-by-step exercises, photos, and illustrations, it helps you develop your own Pilates fitness program to do at home or in the gym. Top Pilates trainer Ellie Herman shows you how to use eight basic Pi lates principles to get the most out of your mat-based routines and:
- Look and feel better than ever
- Get stronger, more flexible, in control and less prone to injury
- Target and tone problem areas
- Get movie star abs, buns, thighs and arms
- Repair chronic stress and sports injuries
Calmly, clearly, and with quirky good humor, Ellie explores the origins and basic philosophy of the Pilates method, and helps you set realistic fitness goals and custom-tailor a program. She also covers:
- Basic, intermediate , and advanced mat exercises
- Using Pilates exercise equipment and accessories
- Targeting specific areas including the stomach, back, thighs, and chest
- Pilates for the pregnant and recently pregnant body
- Using Pilates to heal injuries, reform posture
- Ten simple ways to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life
- Combining Pilates with other forms of exercise, including yoga, swimming, aerobics, and more
Why let the rich and famous have all the fun? Your complete, friendly, step-by-step guide, Pilates For Dummies shows how Pilates can offer a fitness program for the rest of us.
Pilates gets even better when paired with these simple accessories. Pilates expert Ellie Herman shows how to intensify and enhance your matwork routine:
•The elastic exercise band increases resistance
•The ethafoam roller creates stability challenges
•The Magic Circle gives a great inner thigh workout
Each movement is explained with clear captions and easy-to-follow photo sequences. Special programs for strains, injuries and chronic problems are also featured. In addition to strengthening and toning your body, Pilates with props helps you:
Specially designed by San Francisco—based Pilates expert Ellie Herman for her studio clients, the exercises in this book combine the powerful slimming and shaping effects of Pilates with the low-impact, high-intensity workout of the ball. Adding fun, variety and increased effectiveness, the ball transforms traditional Pilates moves into an unparalleled workout offering:
Each of the movements—from beginner bounces to super-advanced balances—are explained with clear captions and easy-to-follow photo sequences.