for information on where to order the books and balls.
"Colleen Craig's Pilates on the Ball
is a wonderful bridge from the treatment room of the practitioner
to the world of the healthy, self-confident person who is able take
control of their musculoskeletal health through exercise."
Maureen Dwight, physical Therapist
|Abs on the Ball
25,000 first-print run
In her latest book,
Abs on the Ball, Colleen Craig reveals why the
exercise ball is unmatched as a tool for building superb
abdominal strength. Abs on the Ball uses a Pilates approach:
a unique exercise method famous for building long, sculpted
muscles and a strong back and abdominal core. In this groundbreaking
book Craig shows how traditional sit-ups and "ab"
machines actually limit the degree to which abdominal muscles
can be trained and can even aggravate lower back pain and
neck tension. In contrast, the very mobility of the exercise
ball targets underutilized muscles, recruiting both deep
and superficial abdominal muscle fibers to give rapid results.
Abs on the Ball presents a selection
of over 100 innovative exercises adapted specifically to
large (55 and 65 cm) and small (9inch) exercise balls. Step-by-step
instructions are detailed in more than 250 photographs.
The author also offers 15- and 30-minute workouts for all
ability levels. These workouts not only build the abdominal
core but also strengthen and train deep muscles in order
to soothe low-back pain and increase overall body strength,
balance, and coordination.
192 pages US $18.00
Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont: 2003
photos by David Hou
| Pilates on the Ball
"Craig's writing is absorbing and
"Pilates on the Ball has been
a phenomenal book for us."
--Discovery Channel Stores
(Publishers Weekly, April
Colleen Craig offers an unique
and exciting synthesis of the Pilates Method and the exercise
ball in this run-away bestseller. Each chapter is intended
to give the reader inspiration and instruction. Step-by-step
instructions and more than 300 photographs detail the Pilates
principles and challenge all ability levels.
Pilates on the Ball incorporates
a holistic approach to fitness addressing spiritual as well
as physical health. An early chapter discusses benefits
and safeguards for working on the ball but also the emotional
obstacles that stop non-exercisers from beginning and well-meaners
from committing to an exercise program. Inspirational case
histories, personal anecdotes, 'anatomy-on-the-ball' lessons,
and step-by-step instructions weave through this comprehensive
Pilates on the Ball inspires the
reader to take responsibility for his or her own health.
The reader will learn how to use the ball to enhance relaxation,
center the body with specific breathing exercises, strengthen
the abdominals, heal and prevent lower back pain, and retrain
postural muscles. The exercise ball is fantastic for stretching
and for cardiovascular fitness. There is also a chapter
on rehabilitation and rebuilding after an injury.
179 pages US $18.95
Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont: 2001
photos by David Hou
Pilates on the
Ball and Abs on the Ball are available in
bookstores around the world.
for information on how to order the VHS, DVD, books or balls.