Gain the competitive edge with the innovative training methods in Pilates and Conditioning for Athletes. This science-based, multidimensional approach to athletic conditioning helps you build a strong and flexible foundation by infusing Pilates into training, resulting in complete training programs that tap into the seven pillars of training needed for success:

  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Stability
  • Strength

Begin with proven assessment protocols that have helped elite and professional athletes reach the pinnacle of their careers and remain there. Evaluate your movement patterns, range of motion, strength base, flexibility, and core strength to determine your baseline and guide your selection of exercises and sequences to turn weaknesses into strengths.

Then follow detailed instructions for 124 Pilates mat and traditional conditioning exercises to strengthen your core, improve your posture, increase flexibility, and correct muscle imbalances. You will learn the following:

  • Breathing exercises to increase lung capacity and reduce stress
  • Stretching routines to open your hips, hamstrings, and back
  • Joint articulation to improve range of motion and balance
  • Resistance training for strength and power
  • Medicine ball training for working in diagonal and transverse planes
  • A dynamic warm-up series to begin each training session


Part I. Pilates Conditioning for Your Body
Chapter 1. 
Functional Philosophy
Chapter 2. Goal Setting, Primary Assessment, and Visualization
Chapter 3. Daily Movements That Enhance Performance
Chapter 4. Movement Prep: Dynamic Warm-Up
Part II. Foundational Movement
Chapter 5. 
Pilates Exercises
Chapter 6. Training With Medicine Ball and Resistance Bands
Chapter 7. Fundamental Strength Exercises
Part III. Pick Your Program
Chapter 8. 
Foundational Workouts
Chapter 9. Intermediate, Advanced, and Sport-Specific Workouts

This is my first written book review ever. And I am a voracious reader of everything! I’ve been exercising in one way or another my whole life and have lived through all of the exercise fads and studios of the moment. I’ve suffered setbacks and injuries.  At times I’ve lost trust in trainers and didn’t know where to turn. So I’ve read a lot of books and used some to develop my own plans. 

However, “Pilates and Conditioning for Athletes” by Amy and Rick is hands down the best book of its genre I have ever purchased. It is really the one I have been waiting for. 

The description of each exercise is concise and understandable which makes it so easy to follow. It starts off with the basics, like correct posture and then builds from there.  The techniques for myofascial release using the foam roller has been a god send for me and again extremely easy to follow. 
I will be traveling with this book, so I’m never without a workout and plan to use it for years to come. 

Thank you

Chris Pryor