A strong, stable core is the foundation of virtually all physical efforts. Pilates and yoga practitioners as well as dedicated athletes are familiar with the concept of "core stability." They understand its importance in achieving and maintaining superior fitness. A strong and stable core improves athletic performance, increases power and endurance, reduces stress on the body and minimizes the chances of injury. It helps to improve balance and posture, alleviates back pain and minimizes fatigue. Even everyday actions are easier, whether climbing stairs or lifting a box or holding a baby. The muscles most responsible for core stability run the length of the trunk and torso. They include the famous "six pack" abdominal muscles, the muscles that underlie the spinal column and neck and which help to rotate the back, the oblique muscles, and the muscles of the hips and thighs. Exercises designed specifically to address these muscles are the only way to build a stable core. Anatomy of Core Stability features such exercises. They are designed to work the entire core musculature, from the major muscles in the abdomen, spine, lower back, torso, hips and thighs, which endure the greater effort, to the smaller assisting muscles, which support the larger. Many exercises use inexpensive equipment such as a stability ball, medicine ball, free weights and wobble board. American Reference Books Annual praised this series' first book, Anatomy of Exercise, as "fascinating" and recommended it to "medium-sized and large public libraries as well as high school and undergraduate collections." This latest addition to the series will prove equally commendable and is an important purchase. The "Anatomy of..." series has revolutionized how people can approach their fitness needs. The books are ideal references for beginning exercisers and amateur athletes, elite competitors, trainers, physiotherapists, coaches, sport injury clinics, yoga, pilates and fitness instructors, team doctors and specialist professionals.
This book is the first to illustrate the essential connection between the functional anatomy of the body’s core and its application during Pilates’ fundamental core exercises. Focusing on the inherent potential of the human body to stabilize and move, Dr. Evan Osar and Marylee Bussard combine the most current research around core stabilization with six fundamental Pilates principles to offer simple, easy-to-use strategies for relieving discomfort and improving pain-free movement. With more than 290 full-color illustrations, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core provides both Pilates practitioners and professional teachers with a comprehensive understanding of how the core functions and how stabilization helps promote health and proper movement patterns through the development of balanced muscles, joint alignment, and core control. The authors apply current research on neuroplasticity, the brain's capacity to reorganize itself by developing new neuronal connections, and on the function of fascia, the matrix-like connective tissue of the body, to explain the six fundamental principles of Pilates—Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. They show how to avoid muscle imbalances, chronic tightness, and pain by incorporating the principles of functional anatomy during exercise. Readers learn how to: • Achieve the alignment, breathing, and control required for developing optimal posture and movement • Alleviate non-optimal habits that relate to common postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and chronic tightness • Integrate the fundamental Pilates exercises in order to develop a more stable core and eliminate the risks of common injuries while accomplishing one’s health and fitness goals From the Trade Paperback edition.
To excel as a cyclist you need a well-rounded fitness approach - one that strengthens a wide range of muscles and tones your whole body from head to toe. In Anatomy of Cycling, you will find an array of exercises selected to benefit the muscle groups cyclists use most. Beginning with targeted stretches that will increase flexibility, you will then begin specifically designed exercises that thoroughly strengthen the legs and arms, fire up your core, refine your balance and posture on the bike, challenge your stamina, and much more. Designed for all cyclists - from weekend warriors to those training for events - Anatomy of Cycling provides clear, step-by-step illustrated instructions, each with helpful tips on how to perform the exercise correctly and what to avoid. Packed with detailed, true-to-life anatomical drawings showing the muscles that benefit from most from each movement, and exercises and training programs specifically designed for cyclists, Anatomy of Cycling provides everything you need to achieve optimal cycling fitness.
Reviews for the print edition of Anatomy of Exercise (in the same series): Fascinating ... useful for anyone interested in enhancing their fitness routine as well as fitness instructors who want to visually show their customers the benefits of each exercise. --American Reference Book Annual One of the best books written as a reference manual for understanding exercise... Great how-to instructions. --Men's Exercise The winning format of the Anatomy of... series was established quickly with the first title, The Anatomy of Exercise. The success of the series lies not only in the innovative presentation but in the variety of titles offered, which gives readers the opportunity to pick and choose according to their needs and goals. Anatomy of Strength and Conditioning is a great how-to reference for those who wish to "up their game" and train for activities requiring high performance -- strength, speed, aerobic capacity and accuracy -- all essential to success in such sports as soccer, hockey, skiing, climbing and rowing as well as marathons and other endurance activities. The book is also an ideal way to achieve overall fitness. Like each of the other titles in the series this book: Opens with two (front/back) full-body annotated anatomical drawings Shows specific exercises with instructions and annotated anatomical drawings and corresponding photographs Labels all muscles used with bold text to indicate target muscles Provides helpful notes throughout to amplify the how-to instructions: Best For (the muscles getting the maximum effect), Targets (muscles worked), Benefits (effect of the exercise). Anatomy of Strength and Conditioning offers 29 Strength Exercises and 28 Conditioning Exercises, plus a full set of Warm-Up Exercises. There are six specialized Workouts to choose from: Beginner's, Sports, Mixed-Modalities, Range, Melting-Pot and Kamikaze. Lifelike anatomical illustrations demonstrate each exercise and reveal in colorful detail exactly which muscles are engaged -- a great way to focus exercises to a specific problem area. No other book provides such rich detail tailored to the general reader. Athletes of all experience levels, fitness trainers, coaches, physiotherapists and many others will find Anatomy of Strength and Conditioning instructive and extremely practical.
New and updated, The Fitness Instructor's Handbook, 3rd edition is the essential guide for anyone working in, or wishing to enter, the fitness industry. Including a brand new chapter on Cardiorespiratory machine exercises covering correct technique, safety points and step-by-step photos and updated references throughout, this new edition reflects the latest changes to the National Occupational Standards (levels 2 and 3). Topics covered include: The skeletal system muscles and tendons the energy system circulation and respiration components of fitness safety issues customer service screening clients planning and programme design exercise evaluation. Packed full of illustrations, case studies, revision questions and sample programmes this is the ideal book for those new to the industry as well as experienced trainers.
For anyone who works on their fitness routines, whether at a gym, health club or in a sport personally, professionally or academically, this compendium is the ideal resource for a lifetime of healthy living.
The p-i-l-a-t-e-s Core Stability Ball Instructor Manual contains 76 detailed exercises. A challenging piece of equipment, the Core Stability Ball gives you a fantastic workout due to it's multidirectional movement capacity. This manual is the final of the
Fitness Professionals: Pilates Method is the first book to be written for the specific needs of Pilates instructors. It contains everything a new teacher needs to know in order to pass the national qualification and is an ideal reference for experienced instructors. Pilates is one of the most popular - and fastest growing - group exercise classes in the UK. For many years it has not been possible to write a definitive book for instructors as there have been many different schools of teaching. However, these have recently been brought together under a single national assessment, meaning that all Pilates instructors must have the same foundation knowledge. This book will cover these foundation subjects, which include: anatomy the key principles of Pilates assessment structuring a session teaching a session. Written to the requirements of the national standards, this book contains everything an instructor needs to know in order to successfully teach Pilates.
Exercise for middle-aged persons by Hollis Liebman
An instant visual guide to developing strong core muscles in your body. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fitness novice or an elite athlete, or whether or not you have a gym membership. Developing a strong core is key to maintaining good health and balance, and you can do it within the comfort of your own home. It can be difficult to know which exercises to do for different parts of the body without the expertise of a professional trainer. In Exercise in Action: Core, fitness expert Hollis Lance Liebman shows everyone how to build a strong core and prevent injury. Gain a whole new perspective on your body and how to increase its performance. Learn how to get a full-body workout without leaving your home. Exercise in Action: Core provides you with everything you need to know in order to develop a strong body core.