Why Shouldn´t You Do Pilates At Home?
If you only ever learn from a book or DVD then there is a real danger that you simply go through the motions, perhaps not even correctly, and this, it is true, is not particularly useful. The movements are the shell that you put the “pilates” inside. Just done on their own they won´t change a body.
The other “risk” is that you won´t work as hard as you will in class, though of course getting 75% of the results is better than getting none.
Why Should You Do Pilates At Home?
One of the benefits of doing Pilates at home is that if you do “homework” then you will progress faster and get stronger.
However, and more importantly, if you do pilates as home then you will become independent and have something that you can use to keep your body in shape long term. Of course continuing to go to a teacher is important, but you may not always have access to one. By practicing at home, even if only for 15 minutes twice a week you will absorb the exercises more deeply.
Basic Pilates Mat for Beginners
Here is a recording of Jean Claude Nelson doing the basic mat exercises. He shows different versions of the exercise: chose the one that you normally do.
If you do our basic mat classes the exercises will be familiar and the video should remind you of the order. There a few minor differences to how we do this at Kinetic, but nothing important.
Try to remember the corrections you normally get (do you need to drop your shoulders down from next to your ears or keep the weight even in your hips?)
Make mistakes, forget things, but have a go and next time you come to class you will have specific gaps you want to fill. You´ll find you learn faster.