- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 11, 2001

Books

• "The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body Without Machines," by Brooke Siler, Bantam Publishing, 2000. This book offers guidance for Pilates mat exercises.

• "The Joseph H. Pilates Method at Home," by Eleanor McKenzie, Ulysses Press, 2000. This book is another good source for mat work.

• "Complete Idiot's Guide to the Pilates Method," by Karon Karter, Alpha Books, 2000. This entry into the Complete Idiot's series is a simple guide to understanding the Pilates method.

• "The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning," by Sean Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska, Bainbridge Books, 1999. This book, written by the founder of the Pilates Studio and a direct pupil of Joseph H. Pilates, is a guide to both machines and mat work.

Associations

• American Council on Exercise, 5820 Oberlin Drive., Suite 102, San Diego, Calif. 92121. Phone: 800/825-3636. Web site: www.acefitness.org. This nonprofit organization certifies fitness professionals and has information about what Pilates can do.

On line

• The Pilates Studio (www.pilates-studio.com) has trained and certified hundreds of instructors. The Pilates Studio has more information about the method and a guide to Pilates studio-trained instructors nationwide.

• Excel Movement Studio (www.excelpilates.com) is a large Pilates studio in Northeast. Excel's Web site gives more information about Pilates, as well as a schedule of classes.

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