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Pilates Exercises for Beginners

Updated on September 11, 2014

Get in Shape for Beach Season!

If you are looking for a great exercise program and you are just starting out, then Pilates might be your answer. Pilates will help you to develop a strong core as well as give you nice long and lean muscles.

Originally Pilates used several pieces of equipment to help people through the exercises using resistance training. The Reformer is one apparatus that is still used today. There are some home options for this type of exercise equipment but mostly you will find them in Pilates studios.

Today you can do your Pilates exercises at home using props such as weighted balls, foam rollers, exercise balls and resistance bands.

If you are interesting in learning how to perform Pilates exercises at home all you are going to need is a good DVD along with a mat and a few props.

People who practice Pilates on a regular basis praise this exercise method as a great way to get in shape. In fact some people who practice Pilates three to four times a week have reported a significant difference in their bodies in just one month!

There are plenty of videos available that will show you how to perform the Pilates moves. The most popular video series are from Winsor Pilates,Stott Pilates and the Gaiam Living Art Series. These videos will help you to strengthen, stretch and tone your body right in your own home. A great way to get started for bikini season!

Lower Body Pilates

If you are looking for short Pilates sessions then this DVD is for you. It has three different 20 minute workouts. Mari Winsor is very good at explaining the moves. Great for beginners but there are some moves that will challenge a more experienced person.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about this DVD: "This DVD is a butt kicker that delivers results. I have yet to be able to do any of these workouts two days in a row, I always need more time to rebuild muscle strength which is awesome. I really see the results. "

Pilates - The book is written by world-renowned Pilates expert Rael Isacowitz

This is a complete guide to the Pilates technique including exercises and equipment you will need. It is a thorough, well-written and useable guide to enjoying a proper Pilates practice.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about this book: "I like this book much better than the other Pilates book I own. The instructions are very clear. I feel like I don't need to go to a class anymore. "


The book has a brief history of Pilates, its benefits, and its principles.


Element: Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners

A great beginner’s workout! This DVD will help you to learn the basics while combining both cardio and mat Pilates. Here is what one happy purchaser had to say about this DVD: ”I am a beginner at Pilates and found this DVD easy to follow, yet challenging enough to get a great work out. The instructions were clear and every new move started slow and gradually got quicker.”

Pilates Exercise Equipment

Stott Pilates Flex-Bands

This Pilates DVD will give you exercises that will stretch, strengthen and streamline your body. Included are two strength bands. Here is what one happy purchaser had to say about these Flex-Bands: "These body bands are the length necessary for some really good resistance workouts. I use them at least every other day,and am very pleased with my results. The product is also more durable than any other I have ever used."

Stott Pilates Mini Stability-Ball Power Pack

Stott Pilates offers all sorts of exercise equipment and the stability ball is a great addition to your home equipment. It will to strengthen your core and back. Comes with a ball and a DVD.

Pilates For Beginners & Beyond

This DVD has everything you will need to get started with Pilates. There are over fifteen routines to choose from as well. Here is what one happy purchaser had to say about this DVD: ”The different exercises are easy to follow with multiple workouts for all fitness levels. I highly recommend it for anybody.”

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