Pilates is a form of exercise that improves core strength and flexibility. Best of all, you can do it all from the comfort of your yoga mat at home. (Though there are specific pilates mats you can buy).
A Pilates workout for beginners emphasizes manageable movements across fewer exercises in a short period of time. As you get comfortable with the exercises, you can advance to more challenging Pilates workouts.
So let 8fit be your pilates instructor and try this 8-minute Pilates workout for beginners. You’ll be performing just three classic Pilates exercises: Pilates Hundreds, Pilates Roll-Up, and Marching Glute Bridges.
These full-body exercises are great for beginner pilates. You don’t need any pieces of equipment or have to spend money on pilates classes. This eliminates the financial commitment to something you’re trying out for the first time.
Do you have questions before getting started? Click here for more answering the question “What is Pilates?” Otherwise, let’s get started with your Pilates practice! This routine should take only about three minutes to complete. If you feel good, feel free to do it for another round or two.
(But if it's too easy, then check out a more challenging Pilates workout from 8fit.)
Pilates Workout For Beginners
Pilates Exercises For Beginners
Here's a recap of the three exercises in the routine.
1. Lying on your back legs extended, feet together, arms by your side
2. Press lower back into floor, tuck chin to chest, curl head and chest up
3. Lift legs and reach arms long
4. Pump arms up and down.
1. Start lying on the ground, arms overhead and feet flexed
2. Bring the arms straight up over the shoulders
3. Exhale, tuck the chin and begin the roll-up by engaging the core
4. Reach the hands towards the toes, engaging the lower body (glutes, hamstrings) to keep the feet grounded
4. Reverse the movement and return to start position on an inhale
Marching Glute Bridges
1. Lie on back with knees bent and soles of feet on floor
2. Press weight into heels and engage glutes to raise hips
3. Lift the right leg, knee bent at a 90° angle
4. Place the right foot down and lift the left to complete one repetition
5. Continue for indicated reps or time before returning hips to floor
Like the mind-body connection of Pilates? Then you have to try mindful running! Read all about it here.