Pilates at home – how much space do I need?

During the pandemic exercising at home became many people’s preferred and only option as gyms, swimming pools and exercise classes closed. Now that society has opened back up again the options to get to your local gym or Pilates class have also reopened.

Many of my clients over lock down did more than one class, on average people did 3 classes and week and really noticed the benefits of these ‘extra’ Pilates classes that they would not have been able to make during ‘normal’ times due to other commitments.

Working out at home gave them more energy, routine and enhanced their wellbeing. These benefits have meant that many have stayed online like Wendy who said;

“Since lockdown Hannah’s online classes have become an almost daily part of my life, promoting my physical and mental wellbeing, I would encourage everyone to give Pilates a go, things can only get better!”

One question I often get asked about online classes is, how much space do I need? I only have a small room in which to practise Pilates. The answer to this question is not a lot of space at all! A Pilates mat is roughly just over a meter and a half long and most exercises are performed laying on your back or front meaning if you can lay down on the floor you have enough space! There are side lying exercises which require you to move legs or arms forwards or backwards but  you only need about half a meter in front / behind you to make this work.

To demonstrate the space need some of my lovely clients have shared their home Pilates set ups with us.