Stott pilates crucial reformer manual-2nd version

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  • 66 sporting events and ninety seven changes; 110 pages
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this manual gives a step-by way of-step description of each exercising inside the essential-level reformer repertoire. Precise photography illustrates more than sixty five sporting activities, displaying beginning role and subsequent movement patterns. Over 95 adjustments are included if you want to growth or decrease the project of each workout. Best for those coaching novices, see how distinct components of the reformer are used, which include the footbar, reformer loops in conjunction with reformer add-ons like the reformer field and footstrap.


8 reviews for Stott pilates crucial reformer manual-2nd version

  1. Shopping Guru

    I’ve taken group Pilates Reformer classes for about 6 months now. Like Yoga and Barre, I find that I get more out of it when I know the proper alignment/stabilization, muscles to target, and where to shift my mental focus. Some instructors are better at giving tips than others so I wanted a manual to help me advance my knowledge and use my class time as effectively as possible.This book is very thorough and spends a lot of time on getting the important principles down: breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular placement, and head/cervical placement. Then it goes on to describe the reformer features, usual starting positions, 29 exercises – all with variations (same exercise, different starting positions for your feet), modifications (adjusting the exercise such as tiny pulses with the carriage half way in), illustrations, and where to keep your focus. It’s also nicely bound with plenty of room for notes.If you have a reformer at home, this will surely help you keep proper alignment. If you have ambitions to be an instructor, this will be valuable. The content is here.One pet peeve is that it’s written like a clinical manual – particularly around anatomy – and I found it a bit overkill. For example, “When flexing the upper torso from a supine position, focus on creating thoracic flexion and not overemphasizing cervical flexion. Cranio-vertebral flexion should come from lengthening the back of the neck away from the shoulders and flexing the cranium on the first two vertebrae of the cervical spine. Once cranio-vertebral flexion has been achieved, continue to slightly flex the cervical spine and then develop thoracic flexion. In ideal cervical flexion, avoid jamming the chin into the chest. There should be enough room between the chin and chest to fit a small fist.”What they mean is, if you’re lying down on the mat/carriage, facing the ceiling, you should be mindful of how you lift your head/shoulders. Prior to lifting your head/shoulders, first lengthen the back of the neck away from the shoulders. Lift/curve your head and shoulders in a cohesive movement – first with the neck and then the upper back. Look at your thighs. From the side view, your head and shoulders should make a continuous curved shape. Extra points if they gave you the tip that your abs start under your lower ribs and the lift should come from engaging the upper abs. In other words, you should not be doing a “crunch” in which you are probably using a combo of pulling your head forward and using momentum to raise your body.Don’t get me wrong it’s not all that bad . . .That said, this book assumes you know your anatomy well – for example, the difference between all the locations of the spine: cervical (neck), thoratic (chest/ribs), lumbar (lower back), sacral, and cocyx (tailbone). Because it assumes such a high knowledge of anatomy, it oddly leaves other things out. For example, there’s a lot of time (rightfully so) spent on the Transverse Abdominis. But there’s no mention of the outer Rectus Abdominis. Learning how to distinguish between them, and how to tell which I had engaged, was a big moment in my understanding in Barre and Pilates. I started working harder with smaller movements and seeing bigger results.For some this isn’t an issue but I would have preferred a happy medium between all the knowledge provided but more straightforward language.For me the goal wasn’t to pass an exam, but to learn to be more effective. Some of the best teachers I’ve had manage to explain complex, technical movements in plain language. This helps me “get it” more quickly and bring it into muscle memory. Being unnecessarily verbose can be a hindrance to understanding movement. At the very least illustrations a combination of the anatomical points discussed, along with the pictures of the models, would have been helpful. A picture can be worth 1,000 words.This lost 2 stars because the price is really, really high and because another reviewer said that buying the intermediate edition would include these same exercises.Read more

  2. Binks

    Awesome book. I just got my own reformer after a year of taking Pilates privately at my local gym. Though my reformer came with a slew of dvds, I knew I wanted everything written down for easy reference.This book was perfect. It’s written to the level of professional trainers going through Stott’s certifications which means nothing is watered down. Also, there’s an element throughout of teaching how to teach. So there are fully fleshed out visualizations, details on muscle groups, even target protections for the individual exercises.After reading this book, I finally feel like I’m starting to understand how to breathe, where all these illusive abs are that wrap around the body, and the purpose and goal of each exercise.This is not something to skim, it’s something to take a day and read word for word. And then reference back to as needed. I assume mine will soon be filled with post-it dividers.There is a coordinating dvd, which was one that came with the reformer, and also a wall chart. Though the wall chart is a bit pricey, and seems to be all the exercises from the book distilled to a photo & blurb together on 1 page… unless I’m missing something.I’m looking forward to the continuation of material once I master the essential level. The next levels progress in the same fashion with the sets of book, dvd, wall chart. Very organized. I like it. I like Stott.Yay Pilates!Read more

  3. Lini

    While I found this book to be helpful, I recently purchased the intermediate manual to expand on the exercises in this book. I just found out that a lot of the exercises in this manual are also included in the intermediate manual. I wish I would’ve known that. I could’ve saved my money and skipped this manual altogether.Read more

  4. yetisaurus

    I bought a reformer for home use, and thought I remembered most of the Pilates exercises from the classes I’ve taken over the years. Boy, was I wrong. There are way more exercises in this one and the intermediate book than I remembered. Glad I bought the book!Read more

  5. psclark

    The manual is beautifully constructed on thick stock and spiral bound. The photos are clear and the the instruction easy to understand. Basic reformer repertoire is provided with anatomical focus and some basic modifications for many exercises. Exercises are ordered based on typical Stott workout order. There is lots of space for notes on nearly every page. If you’re a note-taker, that works well, but I sometimes wondered if more content wouldn’t be preferred to note space. It’s a great reference, but as manuals go, I might suggest the Balanced Body manuals offer more information, and Rael Isakowitz’ book is nearly as complete for a fraction of the cost of many of the teacher training manuals.The gaping omission is a lack of contraindications. I’m sure in the context of Stott training, these would be provided (maybe what the “notes” sections are for), but so important, it didn’t seem wise to omit them from a manual that is otherwise well done.Read more

  6. Caterina

    I have been practicing pilates reformer in studios for 14 years and needed a guide to practice on my condo machines.Be aware that if you buy the Intermediate book, many of the exercises are repeated.Read more

  7. Kiely Clemens

    some of the descriptions of correct posture were way over my head with technical anatomy terms. I also wish it talked more about how to structure a reformer routine using the different moves — instead it just described each move individuallyRead more

  8. Happy Camper

    I tried buying CDs in order to learn Pilates but found it very difficult. I was always rewinding and pausing in the middle of trying to workout. This book solved those problems. Now I just study the moves I want to do and then lay the book next to my reformer. Because the book is spiral bound you can open and lay it down to specific pages. If the same authors write another book on the Pilates reformer I will buy it in a heartbeat!Read more

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