Classical Pilates Workouts
The pilates mat is a great workout. It strengthens and stretches your whole body, decreasing stress, and improving posture, breathing, wellbeing, the list goes on.
You don't need any expensive equipment. Find a space you can lie down in, preferably with a mat, and anything else you need you should already have around the house.
Below are some basic mat workouts you can follow along to at home. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, I'd love for you to get in touch.
Please note: if you have an injury or other health condition, use your common sense, don't do anything that feels wrong, and consult your doctor.
Modified Basic Mat (14.51 mins)
This video runs through a modified version of the basic mat. If you've never done Pilates before this is a good place to start. As well as a mat, I recommend you get a stretch band or towel, and a firm cushion or a book to place under your head.
Basic Mat - with explanations (11.51 mins)
This video runs through the basic mat exercises without any modifications. If you've done Pilates before and/or you have no injuries or health conditions, this is a good pace to start.
Check out the special appearance made by my daughter's forehead right at the end of the clip.
Wall Roll Down (3.59 mins)
This video runs through the first part of the pilates wall sequence.
This one only takes a few minutes. It's a great exercise to do after the mat, or on it's own, especially if you need a quick break while working at the computer. You'll only get minimal strange looks doing this at the office. Promise.
Calf Raises (3.35 mins)
A couple of simple exercises to help strengthen your feet and legs.
Great for improving your balance, control, and posture.