Hot Pilates How-Tos

How To: Treat lower back pain with a Pilates Reformer

In this clip, you'll learn how to reduce pack pain through use of a Pilates Reformer exercise device. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free...

How To: Combine roll ups & bridging on a Pilates EXO chair

In this clip, you'll learn how to combine roll ups and bridging when using a Pilates EXO chair. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. To get started performing the "Stand to Sit" Co...

How To: Perform a hip flexor stretch on a Pilates Reformer

In this tutorial, learn how to do a simple hip flexor stretch using a Pilates Reformer exercise machine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this f...

How To: Do the Swan Dive Graceful Rock pilates exercise

Swan Dive Graceful Rocks is a variation on the original Pilates exercise "Swan Dive." It strengthens the gluteus muscles (so your butt will get firmer.) and increases flexibility of the spine. Keeping your abdominal muscles engaged throughout will increase core strength and protect the lower back. Watch this how to video and you can gain strength through pilates.

How To: Do the Prone leg lift pilates exercise

The Prone leg lifts are variations of the classical pilates exercise the Swan Dive. This exercise tones and strengthens the back of the legs (hamstrings and glutes) and improves hip extension, both necessary components of a good Swan Dive. Remember to keep your abdominal muscles pulled in to protect the lower back and keep tension out. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do a Hip Twist pilates exercise

The Hip Twist is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominals and the core. By focusing on a modest range of motion to start and the correct use of the abdominal muscles, your abs will get stronger and flatter and you will protect your lower back. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be toning your body with the hip twist pilates move.

How To: Perform a five minute Pilates arc exercise routine

This clip demonstrates five different exercises that can be performed with a Pilates arc in under five minutes' time. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions...

How To: Do the beginner pilates move Leg Pull Front Support

Search "Pilates animation" on Wonderhowto for other more videos by this user. If you are looking a for a quick pilates reference, take a look at this pilates animation. This a quick & easy, clearly explained diagram of the pilates mat exercise: Classical Pilates for Beginners: Leg Pull Front Support. Pilates exercises focus on breathing, alignments of the spine & build strong torso muscles.

How To: Do a Pilates glider

In this video, we learn how to do a Pilates glider. To start, lay down on a flat surface on your stomach, with your legs flat and touching, and your arms out in the air horizontally. Now, inhale deeply and when you exhale, bring your upper body into the air, using your core to lift, not your legs. Stay in this position for one inhale, then exhale and come back down into laying position. Keep a long line between your neck and head, don't lift the head too much. To make this harder, you can mov...

How To: Do pilates upper abdominal curls

This is Pilates for Dummies. Learn how to do the Pilates upper abdominal curls. Strengthen your core with Pilates upper abdominal curls. Flatten your stomach even more doing upper ab curls on a fitness ball — a great core workout for every fitness level. This exercise video gives step-by-step instructions for this Pilates basic. Do pilates upper abdominal curls.

How To: Work upper and lower extremities on a Pilates Reformer

See how to exercise your upper and lower parts when using a Pilates Reformer machine. With pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video ...

How To: Improve your posture with a Pilates roller routine

Better your posture and relieve tension with the foam roller routine demonstrated in this Pilates lesson. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this ...

How To: Work your inner & outer thighs with a Pilates machine

In this clip, you'll learn how to target your inner and outer thighs using a Pilates Reformer machine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this fre...

How To: Perform a cardio-infused Pilates Reformer routine

Get your heart pumping with the cardio-infused Pilates Reformer machine workout demonstrated in this video guide. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, gi...

How To: Perform standing exercises with Pilates posture balls

Learn how to perform an effective standing Pilates routine with a pair of posture balls. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise vid...

How To: Correct spinal asymmetries with a Pilates T-bar

In this clip, you'll learn how to address spinal and lower extremity asymmetries with a simple Pilates T-bar routine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates.

How To: Sell the benefits of Pilates to a potential new client

Need help drumming up new business as a Pilates instructor? This clip presents an overview of the five principle benefits derived from the practice of Pilates. Whether you're considering the possibility of starting your own Pilates studio or already have one and just need a little help tackling a particular pedagogical problem, you're sure to be well served by this free video lesson from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more information, including a comprehensive overview, watch this v...

How To: Do the beginner pilates move Wall Push Ups

Search "Pilates animation" on Wonderhowto for other more videos by this user. If you are looking a for a quick pilates reference, take a look at this pilates animation. This a quick & easy, clearly explained diagram of the pilates mat exercise: Classical Pilates for Beginners:

How To: Strengthen hip muscles with a Pilates arc routine

This clip demonstrates a technique to strengthen the muscles that balance the hip using a Pilates arc. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this fre...

How To: Use a pilate reformer

Get that body toned and conditioned for a balanced life with the help of Pilates! In this Pilates tutorial conducted by expert, Ann Arnoult, learn how to use a Pilate Reformer. The Pilates Reformer builds on the idea of mat exercises, adding new levels of resistance with weight-bearing exercises. Improve the quality of movement, posture, flexibility and range of motion with help from a Pilates specialist in this free video.

How To: Practice chest lifts for pilates

Chest Lift is a basic ab exercise that focuses on the rectus abdominus, the long "6 pack abs" muscle that runs down the front of the abdomen. This pilates how-to video will show you the proper way to do pilates chest lifts. Keep doing these chest lifts to sculpt and tone your abdominals.

How To: Keep your Pilates classes packed with clients

This clip offers some helpful advice on how to keep your Pilates classes full whether you teach at a club, gym or studio. Whether you're considering the possibility of starting your own Pilates studio or already have one and just need a little help tackling a particular pedagogical problem, you're sure to be well served by this free video lesson from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more information, including a comprehensive overview, watch this video guide.

How To: Do pilates exercises

Pilates exercises are designed to work out the abdominal muscles and strengthen the body's core. Build strength and get ripped abs by learning to do Pilates exercises with tips from a fitness instructor in this free exercise video series.

How To: Host a successful open house at a Pilates studio

This clip presents a number of tips on hosting an open house at your Pilates club or studio. Whether you're considering the possibility of starting your own Pilates studio or already have one and just need a little help tackling a particular pedagogical problem, you're sure to be well served by this free video lesson from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more information, including a comprehensive overview, watch this video guide.

How To: Do the one leg circle pilates exercise

The one leg circle is an original pilates exercise that challenges stability of the pelvis in neutral to strengthen the core and flatten the abdominal muscles. Pay attention to the modifications we mention so that you can choose to bend one or both knees as necessary to make sure you get the most out of this exercise. Though hamstring flexibility is important, it isn't the goal here. Watch this how to video and you will be toning your body with the one leg circle pilates exercise in no time.

How To: Warm up and cool down for pilates

Sophie Rycott demonstrates how you can warm up and cool down for pilates. There are four warm ups: shoulder rolls, feet circles and flexes, hip rotation, and arm opening. There are four cool downs as well: neck and spine stretch, hip and gluteus stretch, hip flexor stretch, and lower back, chest and shoulder stretch. Warm up and cool down for pilates.

How To: Do the Superman pilates exercise

The Superman is a variation on original pilates exercises that strengthens the muscles of the upper back and improves posture. Be sure to keep the shoulders down, especially when the arms reach forward, in order to keep tension out of the neck and shoulders. The Superman strengthens the core, flattens the abdominal muscles and improves body awareness. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do the Teaser pilates exercise

The Teaser is a very challenging original pilates exercise that involves abdominal strength, core strength, balance and coordination. To make learning the Teasers easier, this Teaser starts with the legs in the air, roll up to Teaser position using abdominal strength, balance at the top and roll down with control. The Teaser strengthens your core, flattens your abs and make you feel really great when you get it. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no...

How To: Do the Saw pilates exercise to increase flexibility

The Saw is a classical pilates exercise that increases the flexibility and strength of the core. Be careful not to turn this into a hamstring stretch. The goal of the exercise is to use the abdominal muscles to rotate the spine, then flex the spine over the leg scooping out the abdominals. If you have tight hip flexors or hamstrings, start sitting on a small cushion so you can begin the exercise in upright alignment. Watch this how to video and you'll be performing the Saw pilates exercise in...

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