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Pilates Illustrated is your guide to lengthening and strengthening muscles while improving posture, flexibility, and balance.
Renowned instructor Portia Page shows you how to perform the essential movements, exercises, and mat work routines. You’ll also learn to incorporate equipment, such as a stability ball, stretch band, and Pilates ring, to isolate muscles for targeted results.
Pilates Illustrated’s straightforward, highly visual approach and 13 predefined routines (including those for perfecting posture, low back care, morning energy, evening relaxation, and total-body strength) offer the quickest, and most effective way to experience the physical and mental benefits of Pilates. Throughout you’ll also find execution cues, modifications, and variations allowing you to immediately perform each exercise regardless of experience or skill level.
With detailed instructions and hundreds of full-color photos, Pilates Illustrated will accompany you step by step on the path to improved health, strength, flexibility, energy, and relaxation. This is the exercise guide that you will turn to time and time again.
Chapter 1 Art and Practice of Pilates
Chapter 2 Standing Warm-Up Exercises and Stretches
Chapter 3 Kneeling Mat Exercises
Chapter 4 Side-Lying Mat Exercises
Chapter 5 Prone Mat Exercises
Chapter 6 Supine Mat Exercises
Chapter 7 Seated Mat Exercises
Chapter 8 Stability Ball Exercises
Chapter 9 Pilates Ring Exercises
Chapter 10 Band Exercises
Chapter 11 Pilates Routines
Portia Page is a master Pilates instructor at Propel Pilates and
Fitness in Rancho Bernardo, California. She is a gold-certified Pilates
teacher through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), a faculty member of
Balanced Body University (BBU), and a Stott Pilates-certified instructor
of levels 1 and 2. She was also a 2002 Reebok master trainer and holds a
master instructor certification with 24-Hour Fitness, where she helped
develop programs for instructors and conduct presentations and
certifications throughout the United States. Page also holds
certifications with both ACE and AFAA for group exercise and provides
continuing education credits for ACE, AFAA, and PMA.
Page has developed five Pilates studios for California WOW Xperience
fitness clubs in Thailand and South Korea and has trained more than 150
instructors at those clubs in the full mat and apparatus repertoire.
Page was also a regional group exercise manager, managing five clubs in
Thailand and three in Korea and overseeing nearly 1,000 group exercise
classes per week.
She has starred in four videos with 24-Hour Fitness for group exercise
instructors and was featured in Keli Roberts’ Pilates Quick Fix
video. She has also served as a fitness video technician for Shape
“Pilates Illustrated is a must-read for novice or
seasoned Pilates enthusiasts. Page's clear descriptions with
step-by-step instructions will help you get through even the most
challenging exercises and routines!"
Lizbeth Garcia -- PMA Gold Certified Pilates Instructor Star of Health
Magazine's video of the year, On the Ball Pilates Workout for
“Pilates Illustrated supplies easy-to-understand cues
and teaches the mind–body benefits of every move, which are suitable for
all levels. Practitioners won't get bored—or have another lame
excuse—thanks to 13 short routines, targeted to everything from stress
relief to toning.”
“Whether you are beginning your Pilates journey or are a veteran
instructor, you are sure to find practical insights from Pilates
Illustrated. There is no one better to teach you the benefits of
Pilates than Portia Page.”
Ingrid Owen -- Vice President of Group Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness