A Look at Pilates at Home

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If you are looking to add some cardio exercise to an already busy schedule, consider one of the many pilates at home options. There are many great exercises you can do at home using your own body weight. Pilates has been around for many years, but it is gaining in popularity as more people are becoming aware of its health benefits and want to incorporate it into their lives. Consider the following at home exercises to give you a full workout without having to spend a lot of money on class at a gym.

The Quiet Space Method

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When you first start learning about pilates, you might think it would be best to learn the most difficult moves from a professional trainer. This might sound like a good idea when first starting out, but there are much easier ways to gain the confidence and skills to do difficult pilates workouts on your own. One of the best ways to get started with pilates is to learn the most difficult pilates workouts first. Once you have mastered these exercises, it will be easier to then move onto other pilates moves.

Mat pilates

One of the most popular types of pilates for beginners is mat pilates. This consists of working the muscles in the abdomen, back and buttocks without holding onto any equipment. While this might sound easy, it does take a lot of dedication. You should be able to get started with pilates easily but it takes a while to become confident enough to do difficult workouts on your own.

Body wrap Routine

Wrapping your body up in a fitness garment can give you a nice aerobic boost. Wrapping allows you to work more effectively with your core muscle groups while stretching your joints. Wrapping also increases your body’s flexibility, so it’s a good routine for those who may have issues with flexibility before beginning their pilates routine. It’s also a good idea to do this before doing the more advanced routines.

Reformer pilates

While you don’t do any actual hand movements while using the reformer, you do use the reformer to support certain muscles while performing certain poses. These muscles include the trunk and back, so you will be supporting these muscles while also strengthening your core. The benefits from using the reformer far outweigh that of doing mat exercises because of the additional benefit of muscle tone.

Posture Ball Pose

Many people have seen the movie The Hangover, and might wonder what posture balls are like. While they may look similar to yoga balls, they have a few differences. Like yoga balls, they allow you to perform certain postures with good posture and balance. But they also help you achieve better posture, which can be helpful for those with lower back pain or whiplash.

The mat-based classes may be easier for beginners to learn, but they can be quite difficult for advanced students. The reason for this is that the more advanced Pilates classes require good core strength. This is one of the most important things that a person should focus on, because core strength allows you to control your movement. You must learn how to contract your abdominals and back properly in order to stay in position, even after you land on the mat. If you cannot control your core strength, you will likely end up injuring yourself.


In general, both mat based and pilates at home routines are great workout options. It’s just a matter of finding the best workout routine for you based upon your needs. For example, if you have back pain or whiplash symptoms, you need to perform these routines differently than if you don’t have these problems. Also, if you haven’t done any exercise routines before, it’s best to start out with a basic program so that you do not end up with a full blown fitness routine. Whatever type of Pilates workout program you choose, make sure that it is tailored to your needs.

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