Pilates is a low-impact, full-body workout method that will help strengthen your muscles while also increasing your flexibility and improving your postural alignment. It was developed by Joseph Pilates, a German physical trainer of Greek origin.
Because of the gentle but effective way it improves flexibility, builds strength, develops control and improves endurance in the entire body, Pilates has become an extremely popular workout method that’s practiced by millions of people worldwide.
Want to try this exercise system out for yourself and see how it benefits you? Here are some beginner Pilates workouts that provide a great introduction to the total mind/body method and will help to get you off on the right foot.
5-Minute Pilates warm-up
Every workout should start with a good warm-up. This is no different with Pilates.
This 5-minute Pilates warm-up provides you with the perfect set of simple movements to both physically and mentally prepare you for your workout. It’s also a great warm-up to do before your run or even as a short morning wake-up routine.
At Home Classical Pilates Workout for Beginners
Classical Pilates helps integrate your mind and body and helps them to work more closely together. It’s also a great way to build strength, tone your body, improve your flexibility and increase your mobility.
This at home Pilates workout teaches you some great beginner exercises that will help strengthen your whole body. The only equipment you will need for this workout is a mat… like a Yoga mat or some other reasonably soft surface.
You will also find some some great info on important principles to be aware of during your training, like proper breathing, how to avoid misalignments and how to get the most out of your workout.
Gentle Pilates Workout for Core and Back
Many of us have poor postures due our sedentary lifestyle. This can lead to back problems and weakness in the muscles around your core, which in turn often leads to poor posture.
This gentle beginner Pilates workout teaches you some great exercises designed to target your core and to reverse the negative side effects of poor posture. If, like most people, you spend a lot of time sitting, you should definitely check this one out.
Like the previous workout, all you will need to follow along is some kind of mat.
Introduction to Pilates – 8 Full Body Pilates Exercises
Want to get a great looking, lean and strong body without spending hours in the gym every week or spending countless dollars on exercise equipment? Try these full body Pilates exercises. Not only will they tighten and tone your muscles, they will also strengthen your body and increase your flexibility.
You can do these from home and all you will need is some sort of mat. Even if you have an extremely busy schedule you should be able to squeeze some of these in every day. The controlled Pilates movements and gentle breathing will benefit you in just about every area of your life!
10-Minute Pilates Workout
This 10 minute, four exercise workout from supermodel Lindsay Ellingson is actually a mix of Pilates, yoga an ballet. All you need for these floor exercises is, well… a floor, and a mat.
Don’t let the simplicity of these exercises fool you though. Simple as they look, they will tone your entire body as well as elongate your muscles.
A great little workout for even the busiest of people. Hey, if it’s good enough for a super model, it’s probably worth a try.
Pilates workout For Weight Loss
Looking to lose some weight? Although losing fat mainly comes down to diet, Pilates – as a low impact resistance exercise system – is a great way to maintain lean muscle mass and burn some extra calories.
These workouts will teach you how to use Pilates as a fun, low impact and efficient way to lose weight. They are between 15-27 minutes and consist mainly of equipment free floor exercise, requiring only a mat.
As you’ve probably noticed by now, Pilates is a great way to keep your body in shape, both mentally and physically. The exercises are low impact which makes them accessible for people of all ages.
For people over 40 these exercises are a great way to maintain mobility, flexibility and vitality, which can benefit them in all areas of their lives.