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Chair Encyclopedia by The PhysicalMind Institute

Chair Encyclopedia by The PhysicalMind InstituteThe PhysicalMind Institute recently issued an updated version of its Chair Encyclopedia. The original book was published in 2004 and the latest edition within the last month or so. Since the original book was issued, Peak Pilates became a licensee for the patented Chair design which was created by and is owned by Joan Breibart. Peak has brought chair work to the masses with their MVe program which is offered in many gym settings in addition to Pilates studios.

The books are nearly identical with the newer edition offering photographs in color. Photographs in the older version are black and white. Comparing the two, photographs in the new book are much clearer and in some cases, the view is slightly different which better demonstrates the exercises.

There are clear and concise instructions for 60 exercises. Defined with each exercise are Purpose, Fundamentals, Muscles, Position, Movement and Breath, Cues, what to “Watch for” and Variations. Exercises are broken down in chapters defined by position on the apparatus; Supine and Prone, Seated, Kneeling, and Standing. Also included are three workouts; the Essentials workout consists of 16 exercises moving in all positions; the Fluidity workout is 18 exercises featuring flow; and the Energetic workout is a more challenging sequence featuring position change between exercises.

This book is a must have resource for studios with Chairs, particularly MVe chairs but many of the exercises can be done on the original Wunda chair. The Chair Encyclopedia is available through The PhysicalMind Institute’s website. It retails for $39.95 plus shipping but is available with a $10 discount through May 15.

By · Posted on May 6, 2009 · Topic Product Reviews

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