Pro-Roller Pilates Essentials, Second Edition is a beginner to intermediate paperback book of exercises by Angela Kneale, OTR. This edition was printed in 2010, but *I strongly feel all exercises are still current, safe, and effective.
This 52-page book is packed with over 40 beginner to intermediate exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. I like the fact that each exercise lists the benefits (what the point of each exercise is), movement sequence, and tips on perfecting each exercise. There are color photos of each exercise executed by the same model shown on cover. Even though I’m a pilates instructor myself, I do feel that each exercise is clear and can be understood by a novice pilates person.
At the end of the book there is a two-page “at a glance” photo reference of all the exercises. You could easily make many workouts from the list shown. That is actually my only negative of this book (that they didn’t show how to break up the exercises). If you are a beginner, just start with a few and build from there. You can also do some exercises one day, and others the next, but I would do them in the order shown (even if you skip some exercises), so that the transitions between exercises are smooth.
Some of the exercises include:
- Ribcage Arms
- Bend and Stretch
- Arm Wrap
- Breast Stroke
- Leg Extension
- Hip Release
- Sternum Drop
- Lunge Series
Here’s a photo of backcover below:
If you haven’t tried pilates with a foam roller, you should! It challenges your muscles in a new way to help break through fitness plateaus.
I purchased my copy from Amazon for about $10 here. You can buy a Pro-Roller or other brand of foam roller on Amazon here. You also need a mat that’s a little thicker than a normal yoga mat. Good choices for pilates mats from Amazon here, here, or here.
Tomorrow I’ll share my pilates workout using a foam roller for even more core strength, stability, and balance. Happy Monday!
*Consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.