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Pilates mini-ball workout with Leslee Bender.

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NEED a variation on your Pilates mat routine? In this fifty-three-minute workout, Pilates educator Leslee Bender squeezes a soft soccer-sized ball between her knees and ankles to add resistance, stability, and support to a mat workout. Bender is a twenty-year fitness veteran and the founder of The Pilates Coach, an organization that helps Pilates trainers operate businesses. She begins the session gently with an explanation of proper breathing technique, and shows how to modify exercises for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Though this is a great workout for the entire body, it focuses on the transverse abdominal muscles--the muscles that stabilize tire pelvis and thus hold the body upright. An additional payoff, according to Bender, is inches off the waistline. 53 minutes, $35.95 for Mini-Ball and video, $29.95 video only, $9.95 Mini-Ball only. See or 800.745.2837.
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Title Annotation:Dance Magazine recommends: be gentle to your body
Author:Hildebrand, Karen
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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