|The intent of Pilates Mat Training: A Guide for Fitness Professionals from the American Council on Exercise is to educate and give guidance to personal trainers that wish to train clients using Pilates mat exercises in a one-on-one setting, as well as group fitness instructors teaching Pilates mat classes or incorporating some Pilates mat exercises into other types of classes. The purpose of this manual is to provide a brief introduction and overview, a description of the principles and application of Pilates mat exercises, and an exercise sampling. Safety issues are also highlighted. |
However, the material presented in this book is not intended to confer competency regarding the discipline of Pilates. As with all areas of fitness, education is a continual process. The book explains the proper technique for 30 different exercises, along with the benefits and risks associated with each. Modifications are provided for various special populations, and sample workouts are included to help fitness professionals create balanced, safe routines. Exercise science is also covered as it applies to this fitness modality.