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Practicing Pilates at home can be a convenient and effective way to improve your strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. I run a mixture of on demand and live Pilates classes which gives you flexibility to fit your workout in around work, childcare and other fun stuff. Here are some steps and tips to help you get started with Pilates at home:

Set up a Space: Find a quiet, comfortable, and clutter-free space in your home where you can lay down a mat or towel. This will be your workout area, if you are working from home make the most of this children being at school and try your workout during your lunchbreak for added energy in the afternoon.

Choose Your Equipment: While Pilates can be done with minimal equipment, having some basic props can enhance your practice. Pilates equipment can include resistance bands, small hand weights, a stability ball, and a Pilates ring. However, many Pilates exercises can be done with just your body weight. In my on demand studio I have a playlist especially for those who want to work with equipment.

If you could like to purchase your own equipment you can use my discount code at Core Balance Get in touch and I shall send you the code.

Set a Routine: Establish a regular Pilates schedule. Consistency is key to seeing progress. Write on your calendar when you shall be exercising at home so your family know when you are busy.

Wear Comfortable Clothing: Wear clothing that allows you to move freely, making sure you are in clothing that allows movement and also doesn’t make you too hot is important. Pilates is typically done in bare feet or socks.

Warm-up: In my online studio there is a 10 minute exercise playlist for warming up or alternative all of the 30 minute and 60 minute classes have in built warm up and cools downs, so just hit play and lets get started! 😊

Follow a Video or Online Class: My on demand studio offers a vast range of classes so you can pick a workout that suits you. I have workouts for different abilities for example a beginners playlist and a FLOW playlist which is more challenging. I also have different duration of class from 10 minutes up to an hour so no matter the time you have there is a workout you can do.

Start with the Basics: If you’re new to Pilates, it’s a good idea to start with the basics and gradually progress to more advanced exercises. This will help you build a solid foundation and avoid injury. How about trying my 21 day beginners Course?

Focus on Breathing: Pilates emphasizes controlled breathing. Practice deep and controlled breathing during exercises to engage your core muscles and enhance your mind-body connection. If you are new to Pilates don’t worry if this feels like  a lot to remember as you progress you will find it becomes easier.

Proper Form: Pay attention to your form and alignment. Correct posture and technique are essential for getting the most out of Pilates and avoiding injury. This is where live classes are really helpful as in Zoom classes I can give you feedback on your form and help you with any queries.

Stay Mindful: Pilates is not just a physical practice; it’s also a mental one. Concentrate on your movements, engage your core, and be mindful of your body’s sensations and alignment.

Progress Gradually: As you become more comfortable with Pilates, you can gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Challenge yourself with more advanced exercises and routines.

Consistency: Like any form of exercise, consistency is key. Try to establish a regular schedule for your Pilates workouts, whether it’s daily, several times a week, or weekly.

Listen to Your Body: Be mindful of your body’s limits and avoid pushing yourself too hard, especially if you’re a beginner. If you experience pain or discomfort during an exercise, stop and modify it as needed. You can also contact me if you have any queries.

Cool Down: Finish your Pilates session with a cool-down routine, which may include gentle stretching to help reduce muscle soreness and promote flexibility.

Stay Hydrated: Drink water before, during, and after your Pilates session to stay hydrated.

Remember that Pilates can be adapted to suit your fitness level and goals, whether you’re looking for a gentle, rehabilitative workout or a more intense strengthening routine. Come and join my online studio and see what benefits Pilates can make to your day.