Today’s post on how to create an at-home Pilates workout is by the oh-so talented Andrea Speir (remember her from this post on why you should do Pilates in the morning?), who has an extensive knowledge of the physical body, injuries and sports therapy combined with a background as a dancer and a Pilates instructor. Andrea teaches conferences and retreats around the world. She has an app and has released numerous DVDs including Perfect Pilates Body, and Trim, Tighten and Tone, a DVD she shot as part of The Pilates Fix, the YouTube channel and e-zine she co-founded.
How To Create an At-Home Pilates Workout
When you hear the word Pilates, so many things come to mind, right?
- scary, medieval looking equipment
- high prices
- amazing celebrity bodies
- physical therapy and rehabilitation
Well, I’m hear to tell you that YES, all these impressions are fair! I may be a Pilates instructor today, but once I was an injured dancer with $15 in my bank account and in desperate need to strengthen my body, stabilize my joints and make me feel happy (and not depleted). I was put in Pilates for physical therapy and my first reaction was something along the lines of: ”What the what?!” The studio was filled with equipment that seemed daunting and people performing moves I’d never seen the likes of.
Within minutes though I was in love. The exercises are all about working to what your personal level is and strengthening YOUR body. Pilates is referred to as a “practice” because you never master something. You are always working, learning and strengthening your body. Every time you practice Pilates you get something out of it. I would love if that was on the list of impressions people have of Pilates. This practice is about your body and mind; not the person on the mat next to you.
Pilates mat work was the origin of this body-conditioning method, and I believe these are some of the most challenging and effective exercises. Mat work is the base of Pilates work. The moves strengthen muscles, improve balance and posture, build definition, and help improve flexibility. Pilates workouts can range from just a few minutes to a full-hour workout or even longer, depending on your personal time restraints, and can be modified for your own personal needs and goals, allowing you to get exactly what you need out of your workout.
That’s why pulling your Pilates mat out of the hall closet and unrolling it on the living room floor is a fantastic idea — you don’t need expensive equipment, you don’t need a room of people working out with you to loud music, and you don’t need to pay exorbitant amounts of money or schedule two hours to block out. You just need yourself, commitment to your own health and the right attitude.
So let’s go over the basic 101 of how you go about creating your at-home Pilates workout so you can get your “teaser” on before you can say “teaser”!