How to Learn Pilates at Home

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Learning Pilates at home instead of a gym offers several advantages, such as not having to pay class or gym fees. Learn the basics of Pilates on the cheap with help from a certified Pilates instructor in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and this is how you can learn to do Pilates at home. It's so easy. All you've got to do is put on your favorite CD and go at it. Listen to the beat and follow it. The more diversity in the beat, the better your workout is going to be. So really, that is going to be the rhythm of your workout, is going to be the music that you're using. You need just a little bit of space. You don't need shoes. You really don't need anything except yourself and a little bit of space. So, get ready with your favorite music and open up taking in a big deep breath, hands go underneath your head and let's bring your knee in, exhale, and inhale, and exhale, and inhale, exhale and inhale, exhale, inhale. Do 10 on each leg like this and then you can move it to doubles where you double in then double down, down, then other leg in, in and then double down, down. Then reach for a knee, exhale, other knee, exhale, keep your head up. If it's too much on your neck you can put one hand behind your head or lay your head down, exhale, exhale. You don't have to touch the floor. If it's too much, then go at an angle pressing down a little with your heel and then again. As you work and do it, try to lower your leg just a little bit further. Bring your knees on in and really it's just how you go from one move the other. Keep it fluid, don't stop, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, doing 10 of these, then bring your hands behind your head and add your elbows, knees, then down, then in, then down. Exhale, inhale, stretch your arms out, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale. You can leave your head down if you like if it's too much on your neck exhaling and inhaling. Then bring your hands back behind your head and criss-cross, working the sides, warming them up. Do 10 on each knee, breathing, not holding your breath, letting it flow with your motions. Both feet are going to come down, pulse up and then you can segue to the sides, working the obliques, squeezing your waist, exhaling bringing your elbow down. Then bringing your leg into it and each time you do an exercise, do them about 10 reps each. Do a couple practice until you feel the rhythm and do 10 squeezing, inhaling and exhaling, roll back on your back, you would go on to the other side. Then you would eventually roll up, bring your arms around deep breath and you want to stretch it out. I'm Amy Newman, and those are some Pilates workouts that you can do at home.

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