Pilates An Interactive Workbook

Discovering Joe Pilates

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Pilates: An Interactive Workbook

  • A timeless and comprehensive guide to the original Pilates Method.
  • Over 100 exercises
  • Over 700 photos
  • Over 300 pages

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About The Workbook

Practice Pilates at home on your own to take ownership of your workout and make the most of your investment with a certified Pilates instructor. Pilates An Interactive Workbook helps you practice safely at home, and efficiently in the studio with your instructor. It presents a general outline and step-by-step photo illustrations of over one hundred Pilates exercises, including:

  • Basic Matwork
  • Intermediate Matwork
  • Magic Circle Matwork
  • Standing Weights Series
  • Magic Circle Exercises
  • Wall Series
  • Reformer Apparatus

Because Pilates exercises need to be continually personalized and adapted, this workbook provides a place to record notes. With the help of your certified Pilates instructor you can customize this workbook with your current modifications, helpful cue words and useful imagery. With Pilates there is no finish line, so enjoy each moment and each progression, and use Pilates An Interactive Workbook as a supplement to your training to help you along the way.

Reviews for Pilates: An Interactive Workbook

“Keeping it beautiful, simple, and pure! This is something grandma would have approved of, as she did not like manuals, but a beautiful guide! Thank you Christina Gadar!!!”-Daria Pace, granddaughter of  Romana Kryzanowska (the protege of Joe Pilates)

“Wow – this is a big book! At over 300 pages, the book is modeled entirely by Gadar who, as a former dancer, is a beautiful example of well executed classical Pilates.”excerpt of Alycea Ungaro’s review on About.com (Read full review)

“A must for the self-proclaimed Pilates nerd and enthusiast of all stripes, Pilates An Interactive Workbook clearly communicates the ideas and skills inherent and crucial to success in the Pilates Method. I am very happy to have this book. And to put it to good use.”excerpt of Andrea Maida’s review from her blog (Read full review)

 “This book is the one I wish I’d had all those years ago when I started doing Pilates…Give it as gifts to your clients, I love it and it sometimes helps me to explain to clients when I can’t find the words that would help them ‘get’ something that I’ve tried to express in every way I can think of.” -excerpt of Sunni Almond’s review for the Pilates Book Review and Discussion Club and PilatesGlossy International (Read full review)

Discovering Joe Pilates

  • The most creative and imaginative book about Pilates.
  • An educational book about Joe Pilates and the history of his equipment.
  • A children’s Pilates book that will inform and inspire readers of ALL ages.
  • Illustrated by a talented, eight-year-old Pilates student.
  • A percentage of the royalties from this book go to help The Benjamin Gilkey Fund For Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research.


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About Discovering Joe Pilates

Enter a world where push-up devices become damselflies and mats become flying carpets. Learn about an imaginative man who turned wheelchairs and beer barrels into exercise equipment. Discovering Joe Pilates introduces readers to the amazing inventor behind the Pilates Method and displays the whimsical side of Pilates’ inventions as seen through the eyes of children. Readers will be delighted by the whimsical illustrations, captivated by the history of Joe’s inventions, and might even get a chuckle from the silly poems. This not-so-typical children’s book blends the genius of Joe Pilates and the imagination of children into a book sure to please readers of all ages. Note: A portion of the royalties from this book will be donated to The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research.

Review For Discovering Joe Pilates

Reviewed by: Rebekah Le Magny (founder of the Pilates Book Review and Discussion Club)

I ordered this book as soon as it came out and I love it!

Discovering Joe Pilates features Christina’s two beautiful children, both of whom practice Pilates regularly. Marcelo is ten years old and Taís Haydée is eight years old. Taís is not only one of the models, she is also the illustrator of the book and her illustrations are truly delightful (they have been made into greeting cards – note to self – try to find them). The book features a photograph and description of each of the major Pilates apparatus (apparatus by Gratz), together with an illustration of the apparatus as seen through the eyes of a child. A reformer becomes a skateboard, the Cadillac becomes a monkey playground, the spine corrector a whale. How wonderful to rediscover Pilates through a child’s eyes. Christina describes her book as being “for kids and the young at heart.” I’m not sure when it happens, but at some point, sadly we lose our child eyes! Let’s try to get them back! Too often we become absorbed at “fixing” our students and forget that Pilates should be fun. In keeping with the fun, creative spirit of the book, each photo and illustration is also accompanied by a limerick!

“This barrel will stretch out your spine
And hopefully not make you whine.
Resembling a whale
That swims with its tail
The barrel is simply divine.”

The book also contains a short section on Joe Pilate’s life (illustrated with Joe in the snow wearing nothing but his famous briefs) as well as another part devoted to Joe’s successor and Christina’s mentor, Romana Kryzanowska.

As a mother of four (including an eight-year old daughter who also loves to draw), I was particularly touched that the book was the collaborative effort of Christina and her children. Pilates is a gift to be shared, particularly with our children.

I was also deeply moved by Christina’s acknowledgement of “the special person who helped me see rainbows again”, whom Christina credits as having “inspired her into bringing Pilates into the lives of young children” and in whose memory the book is dedicated. A portion of the royalties from the book will be donated to the Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research.

I just sat down with my daughter and went over the book with her. She loved it and we made a date to go play on the equipment tomorrow! Discovering Joe Pilates is a wonderful book to share with your children and for your students to share with their children. It will also make a great gift to give to your favorite students themselves, those that are “young at heart”.