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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Pilates Body - Brooke Siler

I bought this book on Ebay last week. The seller marked the postage as $6.00 and soon after I won the book, they upped it to $10.00 - hmmm. I wasn't impressed actually. I sent back an email politely pointing out that they had added the wrong postage amount and they sent one back to draw my attention to the fine print at the bottom of their ad, stating that the postage is increased for other states and all items are posted via registered post. Infuriatingly, their contradictory ad states that their postage is $6.00 flat rate, and that there will be no registered post option.

What can you do? You can't reason with these people, they are like snakes or lizards. They just listen to you, nod, and slither away. It is impossible to get them to realise they have made an error and should therefore cover all costs, rather than forcing the buyer (me!) to cover the costs of their misleading ads. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Aside from this, the book appears to be a comprehensive Pilates manual. I already own "Pilates - The Authentic Way" by Dina Matty and Keft Burdell, which is a mini-pilates book packed with great exercises. You really feel like you have exercised after doing a few repetitions of these exercises! It hurts!

"The Pilates Body" by Brooke Siler contains the same exercises found in "Pilates - The Authentic Way", plus a number of exercises I have not yet seen, such as the "Bicycle" and the "Boomerang".
I am more familiar with Yoga than Pilates, and I am fast realising that the two are completely different. For one, pilates hurts more but I can really feel how it will make a difference over time. There is a quote by Joseph H. Pilates on the back cover, reading "In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body." In other words, you won't recognise your ass when you walk by a shop window.

My only criticism of the book is that the illustrations aren't in colour. Aside from this, I am looking forward to working through this book slowly. In "Pilates - The Authentic Way" I learned that it is best to do only a few exercises at a time and get them right, rather than do a lot of exercises at once. This is great advice and makes sure you take time to learn the principles rather than rushing through without paying attention to detail.

I'm off to dust off the Pilates mat!

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