Calling itself The Pilates Bible sets the bar high, but this book lives up to its title. It is a comprehensive detailing of Pilates, from fundamentals on the mat to advanced exercises on Pilates-specific equipment. There are also many exercises that those of us not well versed in Pilates but entrenched in functional exercise will recognize as our own. And I suspect to most fitness professionals, that is the fun of adding a book like The Pilates Bible to our libraries -- seeing how different exercise modalities and styles are not really separate and unique, but rather fully integrated into our daily workouts. The Pilates Bible is a great source of inspiration and explanation, adding exercises to your repertoire, and it's a must-have if Pilates is your specialty.

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