Hot Pilates How-Tos

How To: Rotate your thoracic area on a Pilates Reformer

This clip offers a demonstration of a few exercises that will help with rotation of the thoracic spine. 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: Perform a simple Pilates balance cushion routine

Improve your balance and strengthen your core with 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, give this free exercise video a gander.

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: Start and run your own Pilates studio

This clip offers advice for those who would seek to start up and run a Pilates 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 administrative 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: 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: Strengthen & tone your legs with a Pilates EXO chair

This clip demonstrates three EXO chair Pilates exercises for strengthening your lower body. 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 ...

How To: Do a footwork exercise routine with a Pilates chair

This clip presents a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to perform a basic exercise routine using a Pilates chair (also known as a Pilates stool). 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 P...

How To: Mobilize the thoracic spine with a Pilates Reformer

This clip offers advice on how to mobilize the thoracic spine during pregnancy by 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, ...

How To: Exercise your upper body with a Pilates Reformer

See how to work your upper body and core with 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 free exercise video a g...

How To: Improve lumbo-pelvic stability with a Pilates Reformer

Better your lumbo-pelvic stability with 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 free exercise video a gander.

How To: Improve your posture with a Pilates Reformer machine

Have access to a Pilates Reformer machine? This clip discusses how to warm up before using it, ensuring your spine is in neutral alignment. 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...

How To: Use a Reformer machine to improve your spine mobility

See a Pilates Reformer exercise routine to improve spinal flexibility. 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 a gander.

How To: Do a Pilates tower exercise to work your chest & arms

This video demonstrates a simple tower exercise that targets chest and arm muscles. 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 a ...

How To: Do pilates exercises at home

Slim down or tighten up by doing pilates exercises at home. If you're looking for a means of losing weight or strengthening your core, you might want to give pilates a try. This free video guide presents a general overview of a number of simple pilates routines that you can easily do at home including the roll up, the single leg stretch, the hundreds and rolling like a ball.

How To: Do the beginner pilates move the One Leg Circle

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: The One Leg Circle. Pilates exercises focus on breathing, alignments of the spine & build strong torso muscles.

How To: Get a pilates body with SELF Magazine

Workout your entire body with pilates and some tips from the experts. Watch this fitness how-to video as SELF magazine offers pilates exercises to sculpt your body. Do pilates booty lifts, ball rolls, hip circles, side-ups, frog legs and teasers to get the pilates body.

How To: Do adaptive pilates

The use of adaptive Pilates helps people with injuries of disabilities to work out for strength, flexibility and functional movements. Exercise the body in adaptive Pilates with tips from a fitness trainer in this free functional exercise video series.

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: Do the Neck Pull #1 pilates exercise

Neck Pull #1 is an easier version of the original Pilates exercise Neck Pull which helps build strength and increase spinal flexibility. By focusing on keeping the abdominal muscles pulled in flat throughout the exercise, the lower back is always protected and the abdominal muscles are being strengthened in their flattest position. Watch this fitness how to video and you will 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: Do the Mini-Teaser pilates exercise

All practioners of Pilates are familiar with the original Pilates exercise "the Teaser." These "mini-teasers" are precursors to the full teaser to teach you how to do it right. By learning proper form, you will learn to strengthen and tone your abdominals without straining your lower back. Please remember that everyone's back is different both in flexibility and structure, so Teasers may be easier or harder for you depending on your individual structure. Watch this fitness how to video and yo...

How To: Do the Scissors pilates move

The Scissors is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominal muscles and increases hamstring flexibility. If your hamstrings are tight initially, decrease the range of motion so that you can keep your knee straight, otherwise your hamstring flexibility won't increase as quickly. The Scissors will deliver flatter abs and lean sculpted legs. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do a double leg lift pilates move

The double leg stretch is an original pilates exercise that strengthens your abdominal muscles and your core. Reaching your arms and legs away from your torso challenges your core strength. To increase the core challenge, don't let your head and shoulders drop as your arms and legs reach away and pull in your abs to keep them as flat as possible. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do a one leg kick pilates exercise

The one leg kick is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the hamstrings and glutes. You'll tone the back of the legs and firm your butt while increasing your abdominal strength as you hold your abs off the floor. If you have tight quads, only bend your knee as far as is comfortable or feel free to pulse only once. Watch this how to video and you will be gaining core strength with pilates in no time.

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...

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: Tone and lengthen your legs

Sophie Rycott demonstrates how you can tone and lengthen your legs through pilates. There are four exercises you can do: leg pull front, side leg lift and join, side leg circles, and shoulder bridge. Tone and lengthen your legs.

How To: Use a pilates ball

In this video, we learn how to use Pilates balls. These balls help you with your posture and also help you become stronger. This is an uneven surface that you have to keep in place, so you are using your muscles more than a hard and flat surface. One exercise you can do is to place your knees onto the ball, then lengthen your body through the crown of your head and then push your knees in while you are breathing in and out. Learning to do different exercises on the Pilates ball can be very be...

How To: Balance your thoracic area with a Pilates exercise

This clip demonstrates a simple exercise routine designed to help counteract pronounced imbalances in the thoracic area. 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: Stretch the posterior pelvic floor with Pilates

In this clip, you'll see a Pilates routine that will help you to stretch your posterior pelvic floor. 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: Do a lateral abdominal workout with a Pilates barrel

This clip offers a demonstration of a few ladder barrel exercises to work the lateral abdominals. 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: Improve posterior lateral breathing with Pilates

In this video, we learn a number of simple posterior lateral breathing exercises. 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.