With studios and gyms closing around the world, more and more of us are looking to get our Pilates fix at home.
From following online workouts, joining virtual classes, to doing our own thing, our Pilates practice may look a little different at the moment but it’s important to remember that you can get a great Pilates workout where-ever you are and with minimal or no equipment.
From hand weights to a chair, Pilates is such a versatile form of movement that you can tailor your workouts to suit your body and level of fitness even from the comfort of your own home.
Here are two of the best areas to focus on to maximise your workout gains.
Listen to your Body
As a regular Pilates devotee, you will have developed good body awareness (proprioception) and become in-tune with your mind-body connection.
Listening to your body when you may not have your instructor standing over you is crucial for ensuring you are getting the most out of your workouts and minimising injuries and strains.
Choosing exercises and workouts that align with your goals are great to keep you motivated and enjoying your workouts. Challenging yourself, adding modifications or taking a rest when needed are all great ways to maximise your achievements and body benefits.
Focus on Form
When it comes to your workouts, form counts.
Performing 10 great reps with correct muscle activation and alignment will win hands down over doing 30 reps with no thought of alignment, control or concentration.
This is where the Pilates principles; control, concentration, centre, breathing, flow and precision will help guide you in performing your movements with care and maximising your improvements in strength and flexibility.
As Joseph Pilates said, ‘Change happens through movement and movement heals’.
Above all, have fun with your workouts, move well and enjoy the benefits of a regular Pilates practice, however that may look.