Summer Reading

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Summer is nearly here. It’s the perfect time to pick up a new book, sit back, and enjoy. We have put together a list of some of our favorite Pilates books. Check them out, and grab one, two, or more!


Remember, reading is FUNdamental!


Have a fun summer!


Pre-Pilates and Beyond by Christina Gadar

Diving into Pre-Pilates and Beyond expands your comprehension of Pilates as a holistic methodology. This book caters to all levels, from subtle nose-tip movements to dynamic room-spanning cartwheels. Featuring lesser-known Pilates exercises, each one is illustrated with photos and accompanied by comprehensive instructions to ensure clarity and understanding.


Discovering Pure Classical Pilates by Peter Fiasca

Discovering Pure Classical Pilates delves into the authentic approach of Joseph Pilates, focusing on its fundamental principles, objectives, movement dynamics, and advantages for both mind and body. It highlights how external influences like market demands, personal innovation, or profit motives can dilute and commercialize the integrity of the original Pilates methodology.


The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler

The Pilates Body leads readers through the entire sequence of mat exercises with detailed instructions, complemented by clear illustrations, including photographs, line drawings, and visualization techniques. Pilates offers more than just a trim physique; it significantly enhances posture, flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. The Pilates Body demonstrates precisely how to achieve these benefits.


Get to Know Joe by Cathy Strack

Joseph Pilates held himself and others to lofty standards, characterized by his rigorous, uncompromising nature, boundless passion, and confidence in his craft. Delve into Get to Know Joe to gain insight into the individual driving the renowned method.


Pilates Body in Motion by Alycea Ungaro

Pilates: Body in Motion is a groundbreaking guide to mat-based Pilates. It is celebrated worldwide for its lucid guidance and inventive layout. Renowned for its clarity, this book meticulously elucidates each exercise sequence through concise summaries, comprehensive step-by-step images, and a helpful checklist of essential do’s and don’ts.


Contrology Handbook by Sandy Shimoda

Penned by Sandy Shimoda, owner of Vintage Pilates and dedicated to the first-generation Pilates instructor Jay Grimes, the Contrology Handbook is designed for every practitioner of Contrology, Joseph Pilates’ corrective exercise system. It aims to elucidate Pilates’ concepts, distinguish his method from other fitness regimes, and provide insights into achieving the results envisioned by Pilates himself.


Return to Life by Joseph Pilates

Return to Life is authored by Joseph H. Pilates, the originator and visionary behind the Pilates method of exercise. This book provides an in-depth exploration of the conceptual foundation and philosophy of the Pilates method, also known as ‘Contrology,’ along with the original matwork exercises taught by Mr. Pilates at his studio on 8th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City. The featured model in this book is Mr. Pilates himself, captured at the age of

Contrology® Brand Ambassador, Ana Cabán, is a Pilates pioneer. Certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1998, over the past 2+ decades Ana has gained a strong reputation among health/fitness industry experts for her distinctive style. She has sold over 4,500,000 of her award-winning bilingual fitness DVDs. Touted "a star Pilates instructor" by InStyle magazine and "the fitness guru to propel you into shape" by Martha Stewart Radio, Ana appeared as the go-to fitness & lifestyle expert in the media for years. Some of the media outlets to feature Ana include Health, Fitness, Pilates Style, Latina and O magazines, Univision, FOX, NBC, and SiriusXM. Ana loves inspiring people to live their best life ever, which she has coined, “La Buena Life”.



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