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Hooking Him yIes This was a fascinating inside look at the man so few knew well It also gave an interesting look at a famous teacher who was no doubt talented but whose legendary persona was created out of necessity for the business She then apparently and easily came to believe her own hype from the perspective of the author of course We are grateful toou Mr Fletcher and Mr Endelman Mr Steel for helping to preserve Mr Pilates legacy for all the rest of us despite litigation which may have worked against so many of us I ve been a Pilates Instructor for a long time and a teacher trainer for over a decade for Balanced Body and this is the best book I ve ever read on Pilates As with most instructors and I m sure all teacher trainers I have to wade the waters carefully when answering the uestion of what is the RIGHT way to teach Pilates The political chasms in the Pilates world can be deep especially if ou have people from different lineages in a training and tension can arise uickly different lineages in a training and tension can arise uickly the answer isn t answered in a very PC way This book shows Joe for who he truly was and lets everyone appreciate him for the trails and failures in his life while dichotomously paralleling all that to this brilliant mode of exercise he created I truly cannot recommend this book enough John thank ou mode of exercise he created I *truly cannot recommend this book enough John thank ou writing this book Since my first discovery of Pilates *cannot recommend this book enough John thank ou writing this book Since my first discovery of Pilates have wanted to know its history and origin but I ve always been aware that there is much myth than fact in the public domain I am enormously grateful to Mr Steel for writing this book No he doesn t clear up every single uestion and Before Atlantis yes he does offer his own conclusions at times but he is careful to distinguish between fact and supposition and he explains the bases for his conclusions all fair and appropriate I think I agree with the author that Joseph Pilates himself probably fostered some of the myth but that doesn t detract in the least from Contrology In fact it gives a little insight into the enigma of Joe as an individual a person whom exceedingly few people knewI devoured this in one sitting I highly recommend it. Teel's vivid account traces the expansion of Pilates from a small cadre of dedicated adherents through two periods of near extinction to the global sensation it is today Steel describes Joseph Pilates'sears as a prisoner during World War I Joe's motivation to discover his system of exercises his inspirational teaching techniue and the uniue attraction of the Pilates Method It's uite a sto. ,

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E reason as curious as I was about the method I bugged my wife to make the appointment for trial lesson that day I could always claim she was the one who dragged me into it reluctantly if things didn t pan outSome of the discovery from this book were fascinating eg the notion of reformers originating from Joe rehabilitating injured soldiers lying on beds With Springs Being A springs being a Some were eyebrow raisingeg I made my exercises like movements in sex it tricks the body into moving naturally and fluidly like it is having sex and it strengthens the right muscles so it improves their sex life The slight letdown however was the discovery that the claim of life The slight letdown however was the discovery that the claim of pilates being the true and original Joe Pilates method was an interpretation of the true method of Joseph Pilates by the elders most of whom had dance background and no doubt injected many of their dance and ballet influences on the clinical approach of Joe s original method I imagine myself to be an exception but I would have preferred the clinical approach and less of the fancier moves of today even if the substance remained true to its origins Even the colorless attire of the early practitioners will proved helpful in aiding concentration during the workout although I am sure there will be howls of disapproval today from the many who willingly indulge in distractionsOverall a masterly told tale Kudos to the author I could not put the book down I too read this in one sitting like another reviewerI was intrigued by so many things I would have loved to have been present for the revelation about the Magic Circle LOL the lack of instruction given during sessions the way the practice was saved again and again by its disciples after Joe made it so difficult to keep a flourishing business although he wanted the world to know the wonders of his regimen It was interesting to hear about the Pilates litigation issues the new narrative about what Joe s life may really have been like and why he may have developed Contrology even the pictures and sketches leant a veracity to much of those possibilit. Invented an exercise regimen which today is practiced bythan ten million people but in the process reinvented himselfJohn Howard Steel brings Joseph Pilates and his eponymous exercise regime to life from his uniue perspective as a student friend and confidant Joe's influence profoundly changed Steel's life; in turn Steel was crucial for the survival of the Pilates Method and Joe's legacy