Lynne Robinson's Pilates for Life - The Handbook of Adaptable Pilates Workouts

Pilates For Life by Linda Robinson & Carmela Trappa
Pilates For Life by Linda Robinson 
& Carmela Trappa
Pilates for Life is a great workout handbook for anyone over the age of 40, or for anyone who is looking to start Pilates but requires an adapted workout to accommodate an injury or disability. 

As Lynne says, it's never too early or late to start looking after your mind or body. While we can't slow down the ageing process (which begins in our mid 20s!), a healthy lifestyle will go a long way to help slow it down. Which, with the average life expectancy increasing, becomes even more important! By age 40, our bones begin to lose density and muscle tissue weakens. At this point, we need to adapt our workouts with our future health in mind - focusing on exercises that will improve our flexibility, posture, balance, mobility, stamina and bone strength. Pilates is great for all of these things and can easily be adapted for all ages and abilities, as Lynne demonstrates in the book. 

The Pilates for Life programme, part of the popular Body Control Pilates syllabus, aims to reverse the effect that years of office work may have done to our backs, reduce the risk of falls and even strengthen the pelvic floor (so glad about this, as I sit here heavily pregnant, wondering if I'll ever be able to laugh or sneeze again, without peeing myself!)

It's recommended that you begin the programme with the Fundamentals chapter, which will talk you though the 'ABC's of Pilates'; Alignment, Breathing and Centring. These are the three basic skills that need to be mastered in order. For example, you need to focus on maintaining correct posture and alignment, which in turn, makes it easier for you to breath deeply and engage your core.

Seated & floor workouts, suitable for men and women Lynne Robinson & Carmela Trappa's Pilates for Life
Seated & floor workouts, suitable for men and women
Lynne Robinson & Carmela Trappa's Pilates for Life
You will need some equipment for the programme. This includes a non-slip yoga mat or exercise mat, preferably padded, a pillow from off your bed, as well as small pillow (or a folded towel will do), an exercise or resistance band, a chair for seated workouts, an area of wall space that's clear (for leaning against), a tennis ball (no, not for playing tennis) and if you wish, ankle weights and hand held weights.

There's a really nice balance of floor work, standing and seated exercises. The book talks you through all the basics using full colour images for step-by-step. demonstration and various adaptations throughout.

What I love about this book are the dedicated workouts to address a particular health issue, whether it's related to bone health (e.g. fractures, osteoporosis, arthritis), respiratory (e.g. asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD), heart (e.g. angina, high blood pressure) or other health issues, such as diabetes, hip & knee replacements, strokes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

After first seeking advice from your medical professional, I would highly recommend this book for both men and women, as an adaptable and tailored workout plan, which will ease you into practising Pilates, even if it your very first time, and help you invest in your future health and manage or improve health issues.

Lynne Robinson and Carmela Trappa's book is available to buy on for around £12. You can find a list of Lynne Robinson's other Pilates books and workout DVDs, including Pilates in Pregnancy and Pilates for Weight Loss, here. 

Disclosure: I was sent this product to review, but as always my opinions are honest and my own 

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