Even though I've been teaching Pilates for a long time and know how to give myself a workout, I still need a kick up the ass fairly frequently and do best when I can go to a class and have someone else telling me what to do. So I wanted to introduce you to one of my favourite secret weapons - Pilatesology.
Pilatesology is a website with an extensive library of workouts with Pilates teachers from all over the world. They are constantly adding new content and new challenges and it's a great way to do a workout at home in between your classes. They have classes for absolute beginners right through to advanced and they have plenty of mat workouts so you don't need any Pilates equipment. They also have equipment workouts for those clients who have a reformer at home.
Here are some of the benefits:
You don’t have to think about what to do, there’s a teacher telling you.
You can choose the level of workout (pre-pilates, beginner, intermediate, advanced).
You can choose the pace of workout (slow, steady, fast).
You can choose the teacher.
You can save your favourite workouts.
Duration – from as little as 10mins if you don’t have much time.
There are plenty of purely mat workouts where you don’t need any equipment.
Adheres to the more classical style of Pilates.
Free two week trial then $20/month (USD).
To really see results with any exercise program we need to be consistent with it. Even just 15mins of exercises three times a week will produce results - so you could just choose a short class to do in between your usual Pilates class, personal training session, dance class, long walks etc. You don't have to be attending a Pilates class outside the home to benefit from Pilatesology - as long as you start from the very beginner workouts and build up gradually. Even if you think you are fit and strong you need to learn the fundamentals before moving onto more advanced exercises. Of course, it would be great to go to Pilates class as well where a teacher can help guide you and modify exercises for any issues you may be having.
Just a note, please don't start Pilates without an instructor to guide you if you have an injury, a serious medical condition that is affected by exercise or are pregnant. Pilates is not something to be gung-ho about. It's about quality not quantity and you do want to wrap your head around the principles when you are learning so you understand the intention of the exercises.
For more information on the mat class and private classes I teach head to the website.