|A Formidable Partnership:
Pilates and the Exercise Ball
Craig's On The Ball: An Innovative Ball video based on the
work of Joseph Pilates.
Colleen Craig, a Stott Pilates® instructor, has developed
a Pilates-based ball exercise series which capitalizes on
the popularity and benefits of both Pilates and the exercise
ball. Colleen Craig's On The Ball shows you how to use the
exercise ball to enhance Joseph Pilates' original work by
adding resistance, challenge and variety to your workout.
Some of the exercises in this innovative, forty-five minute
video have been adapted from equipment found in exclusive
Pilates studios around the world.
Adapting Pilates' work to the
ball creates wonderful and safe results. There is no jarring
of the limbs, no wear or tear on the joints. This is a carefully
developed mind/body program designed to realign the body,
maintain good posture, build long, lean muscles and establish
abdominal and core strength from within. Modifications,
as well as more challenging variations, make Colleen Craig's
On The Ball accessible to all ages, all levels of fitness.
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About Exercise Balls:
The exercise ball, sometimes called the
Swiss Ball, is a 55 or 65 cm vinyl, air-filled ball. Once
used exclusively for physiotherapy, today exercise balls
are used by personal trainers, Olympic coaches and many
others to enhance their workout.
The ball is unique because:
- It is a mobile piece of equipment that
teaches us to use the whole body, especially the core,
to maintain balance and coordination.
- The air-filled quality of the ball inspires
three-dimensional movement and an awareness of how our
bodies move in space.
- The ball's unique spherical shape allows
for fuller stretches than on a mat. It also provides
a comfortable but firm surface and supports the user as
he or she moves in or out of the stretch.
- Even sitting on the ball (or gently bouncing)
is beneficial as ball sitting is active and good for back
health whereas sitting on a chair is passive and fatigues
- For many the ball is about play, not
exercise, and it connects you back to a time when you
were younger, freer and unburdened.
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