Practicing Pilates at home, or when away from home, is safe for anyone free of injury or chronic back pain. It is also beneficial to workout at home in between your regular sessions at the studio.
Deciding where to hold your home workout? Be sure to have enough space to stretch your entire body out on the ground, reaching arms and legs out from your centre in all directions. A space free from distractions is ideal, helping to keep the mind focused (see our post ‘Pilates Principles’).
What equipment will you need? An exercise mat, comfortable clothing allowing the body to move without restriction (see our post ‘Benefits of Correct Clothing). Small props can be used, soft balls, exercise resistance rings & resistance bands; however these are not essential, especially for beginners.
Where to find inspiration for home practice? There are numerous books available to assist you in your Pilates practice away from the Studio. Streaming services are a great resource to find a variety of workouts, tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced. It may help to watch a workout first before practicing it, allowing you to get a handle on the pace, some of the exercises, the language and cues used.
Practicing Pilates at home in between your visits to the studio can have some major benefits. This will enable you to practice more than once a week without costs spiralling. Benefits also include exercising at a time that suits you, fitting your workout around your schedule, allow 45-60 minutes.
You can work at your own pace and repeat exercises that you want to improve, or concentrate on areas of your body that require a little more attention on that day.
Making Pilates part of your life can have a profound effect on your general well-being, helping you to go about your everyday life feeling comfortable in your own body, the ability to twist and bend without aches and pains, improved posture and balance, a stronger centre all attributing to a healthier happier you.