Pilates is an effective, low-impact workout that can help you tone and strengthen your body while increasing flexibility and balance. This beginner's guide covers all the essential steps to get started with Pilates, from basic breathing techniques to easy moves to get you warmed up.
If you are new to Pilates it is important that you start at a beginner level with these Pilates for beginner classes. Building strength and control with the lower level beginner exercises is essential. Beginners Pilates will teach you the foundations of a good technique to allow you to progress to higher level strengthening.
There are lots of different styles of Pilates now, as a physiotherapist I teach a modified version of Pilates called clinical Pilates which really focuses on re-educating normal movement patterns and taking a whole body approach to strengthening. The Pilates for beginners that I teach is gentle enough for someone who has never done Pilates before and also suitable for anyone with pain or injury. In my clinic in the UK I have been teaching beginner Pilates for 16 years and I have some people that 16 years on still enjoy the beginner technique and choose to stay at a beginner level, making these Pilates for beginners workouts also suitable for those who have lots of experience with Pilates.
During the sessions you will learn how to set your spine into a neutral position, you will work in various positions to challenge your strength and control, you will learn to properly activate the deep abdominal muscles and incorporate the breathing technique that is important for the activation of the core muscles. You will also work the pelvic floor muscle and learn how to control movement.
Pilates works to also target the transverse abdominus muscle which is the deepest of the abdominal muscles, research such as this one shows the increased activation of the transverse abdominus muscle during Pilates. Pilates at a beginners level will teach you exactly how to activate the muscle.
Pilates for beginners will set the foundations to create strength, control and stability throughout the whole body. It can help with so many different things and when done at beginner level it is suitable for any fitness level.
These Pilates for beginners sessions will help you to understand and practice the key principles of beginner Pilates and learn to use your stabilising muscles correctly with good technique. Each beginner Pilates video has been designed and taught by experienced physiotherapist Lyndsay Hirst.
We have carefully selected different camera angles during the Pilates for beginners videos to help you see how to perform the exercise correctly and the excellent commentary from physiotherapist, Lyndsay will allow you to confidently work through the beginner Pilates exercises with ease.
The gentle beginner Pilates exercises will help you to build a foundation core strength to allow you to feel more confident moving. The exercises in this Pilates for beginner series build strength and control around your joints to protect them from pain and injury. Included in the workouts are specific spinal and hip mobilisations to help you improve your flexibility in the spine and hips.
Also make sure you watch the key Pilates principles video in your dashboard to get some great tips!