Pilates Videos – Real Boon to the Exercisers

When I first started Pilates, I never thought of watching Pilates videos. I did not think that anything can be better than practising the various Pilates mat exercises in Pilates studios. When I started teaching, I recognised that multi-tasking is a challenge to new students. Imagine having to concentrate on the neck alignment, breathing, engaging abdominals, pointing the feet and lengthening the body all at the same time. It can be a lot for newbies! Concentrating on too many things can have an adverse effect on the interest of new students and they may just switch off or give up just because it is too difficult. And I found it an ideal time to touch on the topic of Pilates videos when I chanced upon an article that discussed about it.

You can replay Pilates Videos many times

The biggest benefit to watching Pilates videos is that you can repeat/replay many times. This means you can watch something that you missed earlier, unlike in a class where you cannot revise what you missed. And when you watch something many times, you start to have familiarity in a shorter time frame and this accelerates learning. The other thing is I strongly believe that at different point in time, everyone is at a different stage of learning. Today I may watch something as a Pilates beginners and the Pilates videos that I watch can have one meaning to me. At another time/stage (intermediate stage), the same Pilates videos will hold a different meaning to me. What may be hard to comprehend in the past could be easy to understand in the present and could even be more complex in the future. Hence I feel Pilates videos can have this special effect on learning.

What type of Pilates Videos should I watch?

To a Pilates beginner, I would strongly recommend you to watch Pilates videos that teaches you each individual exercise first. This is so that you can focus on the intention and things to look out for each piece. This focus will enable you to learn all the individual Pilates exercises first. Next it would be a good time to progress to videos that gives you a chance to have a Pilates work out. You can then benefit from continuous movement, which I always strongly believe in. The flow in a Pilates class gives you a full body workout that improves your spinal health. Hence I have been posting individual videos of Mat Pilates so that everyone coming to this website can have a chance to go through this learning process. Some people may not have had the chance to do that before so this is definitely a great opportunity. Although I said it is great for Pilates beginners to start this way, I would still strongly encourage you to watch these videos even if you have been doing Pilates for a long time.

What next after Pilates Videos?

After watching many Pilates videos and Pilates work out videos, it would be great to attend Pilates classes in a Pilates studio where you could get much more teaching cues that can take your learning to the next level. Different people have different learning styles and I feel that a mixture of Pilates at home and at a Pilates class would bring a balance to the visual, audio and kinestatic learning of a person. Meanwhile enjoy the article that I chanced upon below!



Pilates is the new fitness mantra. It is a system of over 500 controlled exercises, which engage the mind and condition the total body. It has challenging moves followed with controlled breathing that strengthens every muscle of the body. It is gaining popularity and is a nice change from frenzy of cardio and strength training.

AS the craze for Pilates exercise is spreading, Pilates videos are becoming more and more popular. They have proven remarkably successful in spreading the word about Pilates and winning new crowds and fans. Although it is a known fact that Pilates is most effective when done in studio or class with a certified instructor, but going there is expensive and time consuming which all cannot afford. Pilates videos allow both the new and the experienced to work on their routines at home at their own time. Videos help the exercisers to get the visual direction while completing their exercises.

If you want to start on a fitness journey Pilates video offers a relatively inexpensive and low risk way to get started. There are literally dozens of Pilates videos on the market, most of which introduce Pilates and help motivate you to keep up with your exercises. Prices generally range from $ 10 to $ 25 USD. You just need to ask yourself are the videos for you? Not everyone likes them but they do offer some advantages over health clubs and outdoor activities.

The Merits of Pilates videos:

1.You have choice to select: There are many varieties of excellent videos on the market. There is something for everyone to suit his or her style and fitness level. All types mat exercises, circle, ball, power step workouts, yoga, they are all available on video.

2.Privacy: Many overweight or rehabilitated individuals feel shy or self-conscious at a gym. They can be themselves and just sweat out at home by no one to comment on you.

3.Inexpensive: Many budgets cannot handle expensive, health clubs, studios, gyms and spas. Many do not want to spend hundred of dollars per year on buying high quality equipment, step bench, shoes, dumbells. Compared to that you can get excellent collection of varied Pilates videos for the fraction of the cost.

As can been seen from above Pilates workout video offers many advantages overall to keep in you great shape.

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Hence I urge all of you to start watching my Pilates videos because I believe your journey would be an enriching one.


Mat Pilates – Corkscrew

The Corkscrew is a Mat Pilates exercise is a piece where I have always been fond of. Unfortunately I do not teach the full version very often, at least not on a daily affair. I personally feel one has to comfortable with the Roll Over before he/she is ready to do the full version. Otherwise the modified version does serve the purpose of this piece pretty well.

Doing Mat Pilates well is never easy

Mat Pilates is probably the most popular amongst the different equipments/non- equipment Pilates. It may be easy to copy the exercise but doing it well is never a piece of cake. When I first taught this many years ago, the most common approach by students is to throw their body overhead using the help of their hands and bodyweight and then ‘hope for the best’. This can be dangerous for Pilates beginners, which is why it took me a couple of months before introducing this on this website. If you have a back problem/issue, please seek help/assistance before even deciding to attempt it. I would assume you have practised the Roll up and Roll Over for a period of time before attempting this.

Mat Pilates Sequence

I have students who ever asked me: “Do I have to do the Mat Pilates sequence as introduced by Joseph Pilates?” or “Can I mix it up?” YES of course. I have also posted the Mat Pilates videos in a sequence that differs. I think the most important consideration when you practise Pilates at home is: “What is my intention/goal?” If you are someone with a healthy body, free from any sort of problems or issues, you may want to follow the sequence strictly if you want a good workout. However if you have difficulty with that, consider being progressive. Just like I mentioned earlier how Master Teacher Ron Fletcher emphasized strongly on our ABCs, learning in a way that supports progression is just that.

Progression in Mat Pilates

An example would be I start with Spine Stretch, then Roll Up and Saw, Roll Over and finally Corkscrew. This can be a good path to take and ensures you practise a more complex piece in simple parts before the combine the various parts to it. Just remember, not too long ago, we observe how others walk, then we learn how to walk ourselves before we learnt how to run. When you approach Mat Pilates in this manner you enjoy the journey of a free body!

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The Top Selling Pilates Books

When I see the word “Pilates Books“, I think about my students. I’m not saying they are like bookworms, but I think about how eager they are for information and improvement. I am thankful that my students are keen to learn because this is infectious. When one student starts to ask a question, another one starts to ask as well, knowing that they are welcomed to! I used to think that it is sufficient for my students to practise their Pilates in class twice or thrice a week and really encourage them to. However it can come to a point where it becomes too much. This is a problem that I commonly see in a gym. In my opinion, Gym-goers have a higher tendency to think the MORE classes the better, the tougher the workout the better, the MORE they perspire the better, to the point that a lot work to fatigue. I think it becomes a problem over time when they do not have strong foundations and when this becomes the mindset. I want my Pilates students to be better than that and so…

My solution is Pilates Books

With an exercise repertoire or movement based activity, learning always involves our physical body. I was thinking “Why can’t we have more breadth and in turn depth in our learning?” Hence I thought about how Pilates Books can do the trick. I think Pilates beginners will benefit greatly from books as it introduces them to the concept of Pilates and how one needs to emphasize a lot on form. Yet I believe for Pilates students who are more advanced, it is even more crucial to help them progress and bring greater results. When we move, we normally are so busy multi-tasking that we tend to forget/neglect what the piece is trying to achieve. Hence reading about it at another time, in the comfort of one’s own home can give my students a chance to reinforce the learning that they had in the Pilates class.

Which Pilates Books should I read?

With so many Pilates books around by so many authors, which is THE ONE. Hence I thought it might be useful to include the article that I came across. Here is the opinion of someone whom I sincerely think knows what he/she is talking about. I for one would not recommend something I think is bad. However do note that this is only 1 opinion and this opinion does not represent what the Pilates community thinks.

Different Pilates Books apply to different stages of learning

I strongly believe most Pilates books are good. It depends on where you are in terms of learning. At different point of time, different things stands out more and makes more sense to us. When I first started out, I believed focusing on the core was the most important hence at that point of time, that would have stood out for me. At another later stage, I thought breathing was the most important. Focusing on that and breathing right automatically engages the core and so breathing books would have appealed more. Then much later, I think the mind is the most important because it is what sets the intention of our exercise and activity and after all the mind enables us to focus on the breathing. Hence my belief that as long as we read to reinforce our learning, many Pilates books can be good and really useful to you!

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One of the most popular books about Pilates is The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body–Without Machines, written by Brooke Siler and presented in a way that makes it easy to access and very informative. The author has credentials from training with the oldest protégé of Joseph Pilates himself, and creates a wonderfully organized book that helps offer tips and ways to build the perfect Pilates regimen for you. First, Siler discusses the ways to align your body and the ways to properly move your knees and neck and lower back and once she offers you some basics, she offers an array of over sixty wonderful exercises that can help you get started immediately.

Conveniently, the exercises are divided among beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, so no matter where you fall, you will have a section that is perfect for you and offers you different exercises that will be neither too hard nor too easy. In addition to offering you inspiring new exercises, she also includes a side blurb called the Inside Scoop which gives you even more information, little hints and tips that she had picked up from trainers and fellow Pilates peers that will perfect your skill and give you an extra boost of motivation. This book is essential for anyone striving to have an excellent Pilates experience.

Another popular book about the subject is Pilates: Body in Motion by Alycea Ungaro. An author who owns Real Pilates and has written many other books on the topic, the author has experience with training many celebrities in this very field. Madonna, Uma Thurman, and Christy Turlington have all gotten their tips and skills from this author, who also presents her work at fitness seminars and is part of the board of advisors for Fitness Magazine. Knowing her business, she offers a book that gives you a very nice and clear step by step guide book that is great for someone who is wanting to work out without messy and heavy equipment or machinery. She also emphasizes how Pilates not only positively affects your entire body, but your whole mind, as well, giving you step by step work out exercises that are divided between beginner and advanced.

Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, written by Joseph H. Pilates himself is another very popular book that gives you the basic origins of the entire exercise. Joseph Pilates details all of the instructions and poses and exercises so you know exactly what you are doing and what the point of it is. All of the exercises that he and Clara developed are there in the book and you will get an elaborated expression of the balanced Body and Mind that he emphasizes. Also, you will learn all about body mechanics and the correct posture so you can be sure that you are doing the exercises properly and without flaws or errors. You will be able to make sure that you are doing the right breathing exercises and procedures all in the name of balancing body and mind and bettering your overall fitness.

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Pilates for Beginners – Roll Over

The next Pilates Mat exercise that I am excited to introduce to you is the Roll Over. If you look at the classical Pilates mat sequence, you would realise that this is the 3rd exercise in the repertoire. However I have taken some time to introduce other exercises in the Pilates mat sequence first before introducing this piece. This is not an easy piece if you do not have a flexible or articulate spine. In fact most people find this difficult for the first time, especially if you learn Pilates online without any guidance. I would encourage you to practise pieces such as the Roll Up, Spine Stretch, Rolling like a ball, Seal, Open Leg Rocker, Pelvic Press and Neck Pull first before practising this.

Pilates for Beginners does not mean you only practise easy Pilates Mat exercises

I think in any learning journey, in this case Pilates Mat, it is important to attempt more difficult exercises at some stage. It is when we practise more difficult exercises that we realise how important it is to have strong fundamentals. I noticed many people finding Pilates Mat exercises either too easy or too difficult and seldom in between. I suppose one reason could be lack of focus on fundamentals when starting out. Then again learning is a process and many people will start to refocus on their basics once they realise that is important to do the more advanced pieces well.

Learn your ABCs well when doing Pilates Mat

ABCs is something Pilates Elder, Master Teacher Ron Fletcher, always emphasized on us learning when I attended his workshops. This applies whether we are practising simple or difficult pieces. His insistence on us focusing on ABCs in any Pilates exercises is to help us get the most out of every exercise we do. This is the only way we can learn Pilates. Pilates is not just an exercise. It is a concept of movement to help us live our lives better and the more we focus our fundamentals/ABCs, the more we get out of our movement, the better we move and with grace.

Pilates Mat is really fantastic

Most people love the idea of convenience and that is why Pilates Mat is the most popular of all the different equipments in the Pilates repertoire. The Pilates repertoire includes other equipments like Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Magic Circle, Spine Corrector, High Barrel, Barre, and the signature Towelwork and Floorwork invented by Ron Fletcher. Since the Pilates Mat is most accessible, I urge you to keep watching the videos I post here and practising it!

I believe these Pilates videos are very helpful to you when you learn Pilates online. I would love to hear your feedback on this Pilates mat video, so please comment below to share your opinion and experiences.


Pilates Store

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Learning Pilates For Beginners

Pilates has become a very popular word and if you ask many people what Pilates is all about, a common answer would be “Its like Yoga”. Now that you know the word “Pilates”, it is time to understand it. To do that, here is the 3 most important steps.

1. READ about Pilates.

2. WATCH Pilates videos.

3. PRACTISE Pilates.

I’m committed to getting you to take these 3 steps in this website! This article is part of your 1st step. Enjoy the read!


Pilates is not new, in fact it’s been around for decades, but it’s become one of the fastest growing fitness programs and is popular across a wide populace. Athletes, movie stars, seniors, and everyone in between, have all learned the advantages that Pilates can bring to their workout and fitness routines.

Pilates workout involves the precise, controlled movement of muscles through a series of exercises designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone the body. These Pilates exercises target core muscles such as the abs, hip flexors and lower back, but the effects of Pilates are a whole body experience. Pilates not only shapes and tones the body, it brings balance and harmony as well.

Because of its ease of use and adaptability, Pilates is an ideal exercise method for many people. The Pilates method can easily be modified to suit individual needs and is ideal not only for fitness, but rehabilitating after an injury. There are many wonderful exercise videos and Pilates DVDs on the market, these can help the beginner get off to a solid start.

There are 6 basic Pilates principles:

Breathing – proper breathing is important in Pilates as in all exercise programs.

Centering – all Pilates movements are centered on your core muscles.

Concentration – every movement should be deliberate, focused and controlled.

Control – correct form and muscle control are essential to effective Pilates training.

Precision – with practice, every movement will become precise and controlled.

Flow – movements should flow smoothly from one exercise to the next without stopping.

Pilates puts much emphasis on core strength and flexibility. The results of Pilates can be profound, resulting in a body that is not only strong, but balanced and able to move freely. It can be a refreshing discovery for anyone who has not found success with other fitness methods.

Pilates for beginners is often helped by watching a Pilates DVD or Pilates video, it’s essential to learn the proper form, concentration and movement if you want to maximize your Pilates workout. To get started a Pilates mat and fitness DVDs will get you headed down the path to whole body fitness and toning.

Some of the Pilates techniques will require time to master; don’t expect to gain proficiency overnight. Take your time, concentrate on form and with experience you’ll gain mastery as well as a strong, lean body.

When looking for the most effective exercise program Pilates wins hands down. If you’re new to Pilates be sure to visit our Pilates for Beginners section to get you off to a solid start. You’ll soon be the envy of all your friends when the amazing results of Pilates is revealed in your new tight and toned body.

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I feel this article is helpful to people who do not know anything about Pilates. I would love to hear your feedback on this article, so please comment below to share your opinion and experiences.